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Laundry: Myth Vs. Fact

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Doing your laundry is a household chore that everyone has to do on a weekly basis. It can be time consuming, repetitive, and pretty mundane. There are a few shortcuts out there that many people try and take to clean their clothes, but some of these tips and tricks aren’t what they seem. It’s time for some of these laundry myths to face the facts.

Myth: Coffee Will Keep Your Clothes Black
Fact: Adding a cup of coffee mid-cycle will not give you the desired staining effect you are looking for. In order to fully blacken your black clothes you would have to add a very large amount of dark coffee. However, this would not give you a deep black like the clothing dyes that are used.

Myth: More Detergent; Better Results
Fact: Laundry detergent needs to be used in moderation to be effective. Certain clothing and load sizes require a specific amount of detergent to clean efficiently. Check clothing tags and detergent bottles to see how much you should use because adding too much can cause your cleaning to be ineffective.

Myth: Heat Causes Shrinkage
Fact: This is one of the biggest misconceptions involving laundry. High heat does not cause shrinkage; a lack of moisture is what causes clothing to shrink. Rather than hang drying clothing immediately after the wash, clothing can be put in the dryer and then taken out while they are still damp. This will speed up the drying process without causing any shrinkage.

Understanding how to efficiently do your laundry can save you time and prevent your clothing from being ruined. During your chore time if you happen to notice that your washer or dryer is acting funny, contact the professionals at Tri-City Heating and Cooling. Our experts can repair your household appliances to ensure that they are working as efficiently as possible. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 303-5700.