Steps to successful Laundry


I’m participating in The Switch & Save Challenge, trying a variety of Arm & Hammer products and sharing my experiences with you!


Over the last few weeks we have been talking “laundry“.  I also have another $25 Visa card to giveaway……so keep reading.

I asked if you are a laundry lover or hater?  I also asked what you look for in a laundry detergent.

I learned:

  • Most of us don’t like doing laundry, but know it HAS to be done.

[pullquote]Laundry is my nemesis. It seems to multiply and just when I think it is complete it comes back. I, honestly, do not know where it comes from, because most of it is not mine. ;) ~Ellen J[/pullquote]

  • There are some, though, that actually ENJOY doing laundry


  • Many of us hate putting the laundry away
  • Some of us lucky ones have husbands or children who help with the laundry, making the task easier.

[pullquote]Do I dare admit that my husband does the laundry probably more often than I do? It was one of those things I taught him how to do early on . No, I will not share him.  ~Shaina[/pullquote]

  • Doing a load or two every day, is the best way to keep it under control.

What do we look for in a laundry detergent?

  • Cost and Scent were tied for the two biggest factors when choosing a laundry detergent

[pullquote]What do I look for in detergent? Cost is a definite factor, scent (sometimes we get the fragrance-free…don’t want to compete too much with my perfume ;) ), and of course, I want it to work. ~ Bridget [/pullquote]

  • Stain fighting and cleaning action were next on the list
  • Color safe and skin irritants were also important

I have been using Arm & Hammer Plus OxiClean Power Gel Laundry Detergent, which includes not only Arm & Hammer Baking Soda (duh!) but also OxiClean to tackle tough stains.  I have to honestly say…………I’m in love with it!  And I can’t tell you how many times my 14 year old has told me how GREAT it smells when she’s doing laundry.  I mean seriously, who knew a 14 year old even CARED what the laundry smells like! lol

Steps to successful Laundry

via Arm & Hammer

  • Sort it Out:

Proper laundry sorting is important to prevent laundry problems like dye transfers and shrinking clothes. Read and follow care labels.

  • Colorfastness:

If uncertain whether the garment dyes are colorfast, find a hidden area of the garment (such as, the inside seam) and apply a “Pre-treatment concentration” of detergent. Allow to sit for 30 minutes and rinse. If color remains fast, proceed on whole garment.

  • Pre-treatments:

Treat stains early. Fresh stains are easier to remove than old ones. Always test an inside seam for colorfastness.

  • Drying:

Do not put garments with a stain in dryer. The dryer heat will set stains and make them permanent. Repeat pre-treatment/washing techniques above. If this doesn’t work, send garment to cleaners. Some stains, however, may be permanent.

You may also want to read:

10 Money Saving Laundry Tips


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