How to Get Long-lasting, Nice-smelling Laundry


Laundry detergent, softener and clothes are all large household expenses. When you clean your clothes, you want to get the most out of your investment and end up with long-lasting, fresh-smelling laundry. Several measures you can take will help improve your laundry experience and ensure your clothes come out looking good and smelling fresh.

Things You'll Need

  • Laundry detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Use a liquid detergent instead of a powdered detergent. Liquid detergents are pre-dissolved and they leave fewer residues on your clothes. Using liquid detergent also gives you the ability to remove the lid and smell the detergent before you purchase.

  • Add fabric softener sheets that go into the dryer in lieu of liquid fabric softener. The heat produced from a dryer can lessen the smell of the detergent you used to clean the clothes. Adding the fabric softener during the drying process will help to enhance the final fragrance of your laundry. When selecting your softener, select a smell that will complement your detergent.

  • Follow the cycle recommendations listed in the user's manual of your washing machine. Most washing machines offer hot and cold water cycles, cycles for mildly dirty clothes and heavily soiled clothes and cycles for different types of fabrics, such as cottons. If you use the wrong cycle, you can weaken the fibers in the fabrics and wear your clothes out prematurely. This also pertains to your dryer. Overdrying your clothes can also weaken the fabric. Underdrying can leave the clothes moist and eventually cause dry rot.

  • Sort your clothes. Properly sorting allows you to select the best cycle, and it prevents colored clothes from bleeding onto your white or delicate clothes.

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