For many college freshmen, the first load of laundry they do on campus will be the first they’ve ever done. This can be a scary proposition, leading some students to put off laundry until their parents visit, or wing it. Before sending new college students off to school, parents can teach their children “Laundry 101” to make sure their clothes are clean and fresh all semester long.
When it’s time for college freshmen to put their laundry skills to the test, they can use the Whirlpool WashSquad App, which provides step-by-step directions to remove common stains and all of the tips and tricks a laundry rookie needs.
Do Your First Load of Laundry
Step 1: Prepping:
- Treat stains by blotting, not rubbing, from the back of the fabric (the opposite side of the fabric than the stain).
- Divide loads into lights and darks.
- Check that zippers are closed, hooks clasped and pockets emptied.
Step 2 – Washing:
- Use only enough detergent as specified for your load size (check the bottle). Extra suds hold and re-deposit dirt on your laundry.
- Use hot water to keep white loads bright.
- Use warm water when washing colors.
- Use cold water to prevent darks from fading.
Step 3 – Drying:
- Select items from the wash load to place in dryer. Delicate items can go on a drying rack.
- Add a dryer sheet to keep clothes static-free.
- Empty the lint trap to dry faster and increase energy efficiency.
- To avoid extra wrinkles, fold immediately after drying.
Going Green: Laundry Tips
- Wash only full loads. Washing full loads instead of multiple small ones can save up to 3,400 gallons of water a year.
- Use cold water for rinsing when possible. Warm and hot water require more energy for heating.
- Sort by fabric types. Drying similar fabrics together reduces drying times and ensures even drying.
- Dry faster with leftover heat. Pick the dryer that still feels warm to the touch to shorten your drying time.
- Don’t overfill the dryer. Air circulation is important to ensure proper drying. Overloaded dryers may have to be run more than once–wasting energy, time and money.
- Clean the lint filter before each dryer cycle to maintain proper air circulation and to speed up the drying process.
For more information, visit www.Whirlpool.com