Six General Steps Prepare clothes and treat stains Sort clothes Arrange clothes in Washer Select cleaning products Set water level and temperature Use dryer correct
Step One Tie strings Remove jewelry Zip zippers Mend rips or tears Pre-treat stains Prepare clothes and treat stains Shake out loose dirt Empty Pockets
Lift off excess Pat with cool water Launder ASAP!! Temporary spot treatment At school or out
Pre-treat stains before washing Common methods: Heavy duty detergent -pour directly on spot then scrub Commercial Stain removers -follow package directions Soak in correct bleach solution -1/4 cup bleach to 1 gallon water Check internet for stain removal Stains
Bleach Chlorine Bleach 1) Disinfects 2) Never pour directly on clothes 3) Never combine with other household cleaners All fabric 1)safe on most colored clothes 2)Removes stains
Fabric Softener Reduces static cling Makes clothes smell and feel good Reduces wrinkles Types: a) Liquid – pour into washer dispenser or final rinse b) Dryer sheets c) Built into the detergent
1. Never overload the washer 2. Put clothes evenly around the wringer – top loading washer 3. Never leave clothes folded 4. Put Larger items on the bottom Arrange Clothes in the Washing Machine
Set the Water Level 1. Choose: LowMedium High 2. Choose the level that allows clothes to move around freely.
Select the water temperature Hot cleans the best Follow the care label Warm cleans okay Cold does an adequate cleaning job But may cause damage All rinsing should be done on cold to save energy (electricity)
Set the Cycle Dials Gentle Regular Permanent Press Difference = amount of: +
Turn on the Washer 1. Water starts to fill tub 2. The washer starts to agitate clothes 3. for 10-15 minutes 4. Soapy water spins off 5. Washer fills again with rinse water 6. The clothes are agitated again 7. The rinse water spins off 8. Done
Remove Clothes from Washer Set aside any clothes that are to be dried flat such as bathing suits and sweaters.
Use the Dryer Correctly 1.Before drying clothes, shake them so they are not bunched up 2.Check that all stains are removed since the dryer heat will set the stain. 3. Never put soaking wet clothes into dryer 4. Avoid over-drying 5. Remove clothes from dryer as soon as it stops running. 6. Clean the lint filter frequently to avoid fires.
Cost Per Wear = Cost of item + cost of cleaning Number of times worn = ___$50_______+__$10_(dry clean twice) 100 times worn = $60_______________ 100 = $.60