Doing the Laundry
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Doing the Laundry
By Cathy Pearl
1 You have a pile of dirty clothes in your room. All of your favorite clothes are dirty and you have nothing to wear. What do you do now? Well, if you are like most people, it means you will have to do some laundry.
2 To keep your clothes looking their best, you should first sort the clothes. You shouldn't put a red sock in with white clothes. All of the clothes could turn pink. Many people choose to sort their clothes into three piles: a white load, a dark load, and a colored load. When you're sorting the clothes, close all of the zippers. Zippers can snag or tear other clothes. You should also check all the pockets of the clothes. Its messy when you wash a tissue or a piece of paper. It can be a disaster if you wash clothes with an ink pen or a crayon! You don't want to wash your phone or your paycheck either. Check all of the clothes to see if there are any stains on them. If there are, pretreat the stain with laundry detergent or a stain remover. Make sure that you read the directions on whatever product that you use. You don't want to ruin your favorite shirt trying to get the ketchup stain out of it!
3 After you do all these things, place one load of clothes in the washing machine. Select the correct settings for the clothes that you are washing. To save money and energy, most clothes can be washed with cold water. If the clothes are very dirty, hot water is usually best. Be very careful to wash bright or dark colors, like red or black, only in cold water. Warm or hot water can make colors run or fade into other colors.
4 Next you should put in detergent. Many washing machines have a compartment where the detergent should be placed. If yours does not, you can put the detergent in with the clothes. Read the label on the back of the bottle. It will tell you how much detergent you will need. Most caps can be used as measuring cups. This will help you use the right amount of detergent in each load of laundry.
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