We’ve all been there. We’ve worn our favorite white pants only to get chocolate on them, we’ve gotten marinara sauce on one of our brand new t-shirts, or taken a fall on a hike and gotten what feels like all the mud in the world smudged all over our hiking gear.
So perhaps you’re wondering how to properly wash specific types of clothes now they’ve been dirtied. Well, clothes that have been soiled with food or similar offenders need an extra step before throwing them into the laundry basket.
To prevent staining after an accident, the best thing you can do is to remove as much of the food or liquid as possible from your garment. The next step is to give your clothes a refreshing soak in the sink or in a clean bucket, adding a stain removal detergent or just allowing the water to loosen the stain from the clothes.
The type of substance you’ve spilled will determine whether you need to use warm or cold water when soaking. Sometimes warm water will set a stain, so make sure to check which washing machine temperature is best! Once your clothes have soaked for a while, wring them out and just pop them in the washing machine on the normal cycle you would regularly wash that garment in. So simple!
But not everything is that simple when it comes to proper laundry care. Some items need completely different treatment.