Linda Cobb, founder of Vaska, and the so-called Queen of Clean, debunks some of the pervasive myths about laundry... Read her tips for keeping your clothes looking their best!
· If the clothes are really dirty use more detergent
This is not a good idea; too much detergent doesn't rinse out, attracts dirt and is hard on the fibers. Use the recommended amount per load.
· You should always use chlorine bleach for white clothes.
No. Chlorine bleach whitens and disinfects 100% cotton. For blends and colors, use an oxygen bleach.
· Washing in cold water doesn't really get clothes clean.
Not True! Except for towels, underwear and socks, washing in cold water works well.
· Clothes shrink in the washer.
Clothes actually shrink in the dryer; avoid over drying or leaving them in the dryer and then drying for an extended period of time.
· Sorting clothes isn't necessary.
Sorting clothes is necessary; don't trust so called "color magnet" products. Wash whites, darks and colors separately.
· There is nothing I can do to fresh up the color in blue jeans once it fades.
Try washing your old jeans with new ones to add some color to the faded jeans.
· I need fabric softener to keep my towels soft.
No. Do not use a softener on towels as it coats the fiber and won't dry you off well after your shower; it can also lead to an odor. Instead, try tossing a couple of clean tennis balls in the dryer with them and they will come out soft and absorbent.