laundry and stain removal

laundry wash temperature: hot, warm, or cold?

Doing laundry can be anything but simple at times.

If you've ever pulled a pink shirt out of the washing machine when a white one went in, or put on a fresh pair of jeans that are still sporting the signs of last week's lunch, you know that washing clothes can get complicated now and then.

So you're probably wondering: Why shouldn't I just choose cold water for everything to keep things simple?

Sure, the quickest way to do a load of whites, medium colors, and darks, is wash them all in cold water.

But the time you save in the short run may actually double the time you'll spend washing clothes in the long run. 

Here's how to determine the right wash water temperature for your clothes.

how to wash towels so they last

Good quality, properly laundered bath towels can arrive with your newborn and stick around until he starts kindergarten and look little the worse for wear with these simple care tips.

The expected life span of good quality and luxury towels is five to ten years. (Good quality includes those made from premium fibers, such as Supima or Egyptian cotton.)

Here's the care and feeding routine for towels.

laundry detergent: liquid or powder?

How to unshrink a sweater.

The best choice for your family depends on the types of stains in your family's laundry bag.

An everyday washing detergent should be a tough, all-fabric cleaner that does as well on a baby's burp cloths and leaky diaper stains as it does on his big brother's baseball uniform. 

But how do powder detergents and liquid detergents differ from one another? Which one is right for you?

Read the full story on laundry detergent: liquid or powder? here.

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About the Author

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.