Forgo The Pen
We’ve all been there. You’re out on Friday night, and that obnoxious drunk girl next you spills her Pinot Noir down the back of your white sheath dress. Next thing, you’re leaning over a sink scrubbing for dear life. But sometimes that frantic on-the-spot treatment can do more harm than good, according to Fred Holzhauer, a green chef at Method laundry. “Most stains do well if they are treated with just a drop or two of laundry soap just a few minutes before the article goes in the wash.” However, he mentions that ink is one that should be treated immediately. Whiting agrees: “I always leave the spots and treat them later and best when I can. I can’t stand when people spill, then make a bigger mess and huge spectacle drowning themselves in water and getting lint all over the area from the clothes or tissue!” she says. So, instead of fiercely clutching that on-the-go stain pen and spending an hour in the restroom, hit that dance floor. No one's looking anyway.
It's not rocket science, right? You dump the detergent in and clean magic happens. Well, not exactly. According to Justine Woodburn, Tide R&D researcher, front-loader machines have compartments for soap and bleach, which properly mix the solution through the agitation process. On the other hand, for top loaders, you need to put the soap directly into the drum of the machine. "It's always important to add your detergent as quickly as possible. That way you have a more even distribution so your clothes can get cleaner faster. If you're stuffing every item of clothing you own and then pouring the soap over the top, you're sabotaging the whole process." It's always important to follow the instructions with your machine but generally you should start the wash cycle, then add soap (and bleach if you're using it) and finally pop your clothes as the machine is about halfway full. And fabric softener should always go in during the rinse cycle. Yes, order does matter.