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You could be washing your clothes better

Samsung washer and dryer in wash room

Compared to old-fashioned washing buckets and clothing lines, modern washing machines have made keeping your clothes clean much, much easier. But it's not as simple as throwing in some clothes and pressing a button on your Samsung washer. You need to make sure you are washing everything correctly and not falling for common mistakes. Otherwise, your clothes may not be as clean as you expect. No worries, we have some guidelines for you, so you'll know how to do it right.

Sort your loads beforehand

It’s laundry 101. Sort your clothing! Make sure to separate darks and whites, so the color doesn’t run and bleed into other garments. You should also avoid mixing synthetic clothing (Polyester, Nylon, Spandex) or delicate items with rough materials like towels or jeans. Coarse materials may cause lighter materials to get pilled or damaged.

Woman sorting clothes

Make sure to use the right amount of detergent

If you somehow lost the detergent’s cap, do NOT just eyeball it and pour any amount of detergent in the machine. Too much detergent can cause oversudsing which can lead to other problems with your washer. Excess suds can also trap dirt and accidentally redeposit it on your clothes. On the contrary, putting too little detergent isn’t good either; your clothes may not get as clean.

Person measuring the right amount of detergent

You should always read the detergent manufacturer’s guidelines for the correct amount. If their instructions say to put an amount that exceeds the Max Fill line, lessen the amount or dilute the detergent with some water. And make sure to use a measuring cup or the detergent’s cap!

Don’t use too much fabric softener

While fabric softener does make your clothes softer and smell nicer, it’s actually not the best thing for your clothing. Fabric softener dispenses after detergent, which means you’re basically putting chemicals on your clothes that will still be there after the cycle finishes.

Because of this, it’s better to use a small amount of fabric softener or use a natural alternative. White vinegar will soften your clothes and actually helps clean the washing machine! It also doesn’t leave behind a strong odor like you’d expect.

A person pouring fabric softner in a cup

Use the right cycle for the job

Your Samsung washer comes with different cycles for a reason. Each one is designed to provide the best cleaning performance for certain types of clothes. For example, a Delicate cycle will use cooler water to prevent delicate materials from shrinking. On the other hand, Normal will use hot water for more durable items, such as garments made from cotton.

Make sure to always choose the cycle wisely. For more information on your exact washer and its cycle options, you should refer to your user manual.

Samsung Washer beginning a wash cycle

Don’t overload the washer

This is something probably most of us have done. When you want to finish up the laundry quickly, you just pile everything in. But this isn’t good for your clothes or your washing machine. It will be more difficult for each piece of clothing to be properly washed; detergent may not even reach certain items. Overloading can also make your washer unbalanced, which can cause other problems with the machine.

At most, you should fill your washer about three quarters full, but you can also put a smaller load size if needed.

A washer overloaded with clothes

Take clean clothes out of the washer right away

Even if you have a great memory, you’ve probably done this at least once: forgot your wet clothes in the washer for a long time. It may not seem like a big deal, but this could affect your clothing. The longer they sit there, the wrinklier your garments will become. They may also begin to smell or become musty from the water. If they sit long enough, the dryer may not even be able to save them.

Therefore, you should always start a load when someone will be home to take care of it. You should also put a timer or alarm on your phone to remind you when you need to take out the load and put it in the dryer.

Clothes being taken out of washer

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