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RealSimple.com: Secrets of Your Washer and Dryer

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Make the Most of the Washer

Tip 1: Pile clothes high up inside a front-loader, but don’t cram them in past where the last row of holes is near the door; with a conventional top-loader, don’t go above the central column, known as the “agitator.” Garments packed too tightly don’t move freely and can end up worn, wrinkled and only partially clean.

Tip 2: Extra detergent doesn't get things extra-clean. Instead, the superfluous suds carry soils, odors and bacteria higher than where the water inside the tub can reach and leave a stinky residue that can transfer to clothing. The detergent can also build up in clothes,
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giving them a dingy look, so follow the fill lines on the cap carefully.

Tip 3: Do a lot of cold water washing? Because cool water isn’t as adept as warm or hot at removing body oils, detergent and smells from clothes, it’s smart to run things through a warm cycle (care labels permitting) every third or fourth load. A cold-water detergent also helps.

Tip 4: Leave the washer door open after each load to allow moisture to evaporate and discourage mildew and bacteria.
(Photo: Charles Masters)



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