There's nothing worse than doing a load of laundry only to find that you have to rewash some of those stubborn-stained items again. It could be your washing machine is not getting the job done or it could be you are using the wrong detergent. Read on to find out the top three detergents for standard and high-efficiency washers and the worst three laundry detergents on the market.
For High efficiency washers, the following ranked in the top three in the Consumer Reports' annual laundry detergent study:
1. Tide Ultra Plus Bleach Vivid White + Bright, powder
2. Wisk Deep Clean Free & Pure, liquid
3. Kirkland Signature Ultra Clean Pacs (Costco), pods/packs
For standard washers these three detergents came out on top:
1. Wisk Deep Clean, liquid
2. Tide Plus Bleach Alternative Vivid White + Bright, liquid
3. Tide for Cold Water, liquid
The detergents were tested for their performance in areas such as general cleaning and the ability to remove grass, blood and collar rings.
The bottom three detergents that did not perform well in cleaning were:
1. Martha Stewart Clean 2X was its lowest-rated detergent
2. All 2X Ultra Stainlifter
3. Basics 2X Concentrated
Where does your detergent fall on the list? Did it even make the cut?
Last week we talked about five mistakes that most of us are guilty of when it comes to doing our laundry. After waiting a whole week for the rest of the list, the suspense is finally over.
Below are numbers five through one of the top 10 laundry mistakes countdown.
#5: not leveling your washing machine.
This is an easy one to overlook but if you're washing machine is not level, not only does it make an annoyingly loud noise when it's washing but it can actually wear out the components quicker which will lead to more frequent repairs. This mistake can easily be remedied by putting a level on top of the washing machine and adjusting as necessary.
#4: letting the dryer "rest" between loads.
Some people have the idea that the dryer should rest for an hour between loads but that isn't true. Drying your clothes back to back actually is more energy efficient because the dryer is already warm from the previous load.
#3: not cleaning out your dryer vent.
Lint traps should be cleaned in between each load but beyond that, lint buildup can clog the duct over time and become a fire hazard. If you do not want to clean the duct yourself, it is recommended to have someone come out and clean it at least once a year.
#2: putting way too many clothes in each load.
In the dryer, clothes must float freely or they'll wrinkle. Likewise, stuffing the washer can create wrinkles and prevent your clothes from getting clean. On top of that, it can put pressure on the machine's bearings and shock absorbers, causing them to wear down prematurely.
#1: letting clothes sit instead of folding them right away.
This is probably the most common mistake that everyone makes doing laundry because after all, folding is the worst part isn't it? However, folding the clothes right out of the dryer actually prevents wrinkles and makes them look their best. If you cannot or do not want to fold your clothes immediately after the dryer goes off, at least lay them flat in a stack so it minimizes wrinkles as much as possible until you get around to folding them.
So there you have it, the top 10 laundry mistakes that we all make. Did we leave any out?