Separate by texture, not just color. Wash lint-producing items, such as towels, separately from lint-attracting corduroys and synthetics— and wipe out washer before starts—to reduce lint. Also wash heavy, abrasive items like jeans and sweatshirts separately from delicate items to prevent damage from rubbing together.
Get your recommended daily allowance. Not using enough detergent may contribute to the amount of lint generated during the wash cycle.
Check your dials. Using the wrong wash cycle or the wrong water temperature can make wrinkles worse.
Take your temperature. Cold rinse saves energy, but leaves loads wetter. Try a warm water rinse to help minimize water retention in clothing.
Listen in. If your washer is making a noise, check to see if the load is balanced evenly. If that doesn't solve it, the washer may not be secured on a sturdy floor or leveled correctly, or the shipping strap hasn't been pulled.
Give the dryer room to breathe. If your loads are too big, fibers can't flow freely to the lint screen, causing lint buildup on fabrics. And always clean the lint screen after every load.
Know your water. The type of water you have can affect how clean a load of laundry turns out. Hard water requires more detergent, but with soft water you get the same level of clean with less detergent.
Do your research. Some simple problems can be fixed without calling for repair. See our troubleshooting section for helpful tips.
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