If you are in a hurry – or desire a simplified summary of the detail in our Home Washing Guide, well, here it is – the quick do’s, don'ts, and tips for laundering. Understanding and applying these basic laundry guidelines will extend the life of your clothes and reduce the stress of laundry mishaps.

Washing Dos:

  • Presort correctly.
  • Check clothing and machine for foreign objects.
  • Zip zippers, empty pockets, etc.
  • Use appropriate cycle, temperature & water level.
  • If needed, use pretreatment products.
  • Use an adequate amount of detergent.
  • Put detergent in first – let liquids dilute and powders dissolve before adding clothing.
  • Always dilute bleach before adding. Add to wash water before adding clothes.
  • Add fabric softener with the final rinse. If available, use a fabric softener dispenser.
  • For the brightest white laundry, use Mrs. Stewart’s® Bluing in the final rinse.

Washing Don’ts:

  • Avoid overloading the washer.
  • Avoid using too much detergent.
  • Do not use fabric softener in the wash cycle as it is incompatible with most detergents.

Drying Tips:

  • Avoid overloading the dryer.
  • Keep like garments together to prevent shrinkage, linting, pilling, etc.
  • Dry garments just long enough to remove wrinkles and moisture.
  • Use proper heat and cycle settings.
  • Hang or fold clothes soon after they are dry to avoid wrinkling.
  • Keep the dryer lint filter clean.

We encourage you to take notice of the Stain Removal Guide and the Care Label Guide – helpful resources for successful laundry. These can be found in Mrs. Stewart's Bluing Home Washing Guide.

For more detailed information about all things laundry, visit our Home Washing Guide page.