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RealSimple.com: Secrets of Your Washer and Dryer

Washer Settings to Try

Snap out of your “normal” routine and give one of these options a spin.

Quick Wash: A speedy cycle for a few lightly soiled items, like the blouse and pants you want to wear to dinner tonight. A faster spin means clothes will dry quicker, too.

Pre-Wash: Stained or extra-dirty garments? Use this to add a soak to the beginning of a cycle. Divide detergent among the pre-wash and detergent dispensers.

Permanent Press: Choose this to minimize wrinkling in dress shirts and pants, and
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preserve the finish on wrinkle-free items. Warm or hot wash water relaxes creases and a slow spin helps prevent new ones from forming.

Heavy Duty: Muddy play clothes and other sturdy, heavily soiled items do well in this cycle, which features a long, warm or hot wash and high-speed tumbling to scrub out filth.

Delicates: A short, cold wash with slow tumbling and spinning. Use it for sweaters, lingerie and other items that require a light touch.

Hand Wash: Designed to mimic the way clothes are washed in the sink, with periods of gentle tumbling and soaking in cold water, this is for garments labeled “hand-wash.”

Extra Rinse: Tacks an additional rinse onto the end of a cycle to ensure dirt, dust and detergent are thoroughly flushed out. A good option if a family member has allergies or sensitive skin.

Rinse and Spin: Quickly rinses and removes moisture from things like bathing suits and beach towels with no detergent.

Delay Start: Sets the machine to turn on at a later time so wet clothes don’t sit around when you’re not home to transfer them to the dryer.
(Photo: James Wojcik)



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