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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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. Two things:
    1) I have started using 3/4 Kirkland unscented detergent from Costco to 1/4 fine laundry detergent called Glamorous Wash (my scent is “High Maintenance”) for my clothes. Not only does it make the whole back of my home smell divine, I now walk through life with the whisper of a beautiful cologne. (I can’t wear perfume.) You can get Glamorous Wash from Candle Cabin, Amazon, etc. It’s a bit pricey, but you only use a little in each wash and you won’t have to buy perfume.

    2) I use Tide Stain Release In Wash Booster. I measure out the amount for a load, but instead of pouring it into the washer, I first use it to pretreat stains. It gets out so many more stains than Spray and Wash or OxiClean and you only have to let it pretreat for about a minute.

  2. My biggest tip is to treat ASAP to prevent stains.

  3. I subscribe via GFC.

  4. The Boss knows to sort his laundry into one of the three places – the white basket for his undies and dark clothes, the green basket for his socks and shorts, the round hamper for his light shirts, and the bathtub for towels and workout clothes. And he puts the clothes away when I’m done.

    And lately my tip is to use borax with the Arm & Hammer because the water around here is REALLY hard.

  5. never dry a stain in, keep washing until out

  6. Get a laundry sorter then one step is done as you go and the mountain is already divided.

  7. My favorite tip is sort sort sort! Then it doesnt seem so overwhelming

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  9. I use the same detergent. to pretread i like to spray on the pretreatment and then rub in a good amount of oxy clean powder. let it sit for a while then when i put it in the washer i use the soak for 30 min cycle. gets most of my set in stains out. i have a 5mo old, a 3yr old, and a 5yr old and they sure know how to test my skills.

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