Washing your clothes

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by John M, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. John M

    John M New Member

    United States
    New Jersey
    So usually when I wash my clothes, I tend to use warm or hot water (warm usually) and dry on high heat. I also usually use Tide unscented. Most of time if ever, I rarely have issues with damage to my clothes or shrinkage. Some of the cheaper shirts I have do pill easily but I attribute that to the quality of cotton used. Is this a bad idea? How do others care for their clothes?
  2. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator

    Harmony, FL
    United States
    The wife tells me my clothes are washed in cold or sometimes warm water and dried on low heat. This reduces shrinkage, fading and other unnecessary wear and tear on the clothes! :teacha:
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  3. Flanderian

    Flanderian Connoisseur

    United States
    New Jersey
    I wash with Tide with bleach alternative at medium temperature, add Downy Free liquid fabric softner, and tumble dry medium. No problems. Shirts clean, fluffy and smooth.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019
  4. cosmotoast

    cosmotoast Active Member with Corp. Privileges

    I wash with liquid gain warm water . I never completely dry my clothes . I run through almost a half cycle, pull them out and iron them while still partially damp.
  5. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

    United States
    Regular laundry (underwear, undershirts, towels, etc.): hot water with tide on regular cycle.

    Shirts (polos, dress/casual): cold water on gentle. Line dry.

    I’m still working up to the bucket of hot, sudsy water and plunger as has been championed by Peak & Pine.
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  6. Andy

    Andy Site Creator/Administrator Staff Member

    United States
    Palm Desert
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    John M:

    I have an entire chapter in my book, The Encyclopedia of Men's Clothes, on Clothes Care! Don't you have a copy? Less than the price of your lunch today. :)

    For most clothes I would recommend cold wash and very limited time drying on Permanent Press and then hang everything up to dry further.
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  7. Dcr5468

    Dcr5468 Active Member with Corp. Privileges

    United States
    If you have a washing machine less than 20 years old, pretreat with naphtha bar any stains and soak a while. New water saving machines don’t work well at all in my experience, especially with cold water/gentle cycle.

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  8. TKI67

    TKI67 Senior Member

    United States
    Our house loves Mrs. Meyers’ products, including her laundry soap. Definitely pull things before totally dry and hang before ironing. I’ve also given up on aerosol starch and gone to the big bottle of blue starch you cut with water and then pour into your own spray bottle. It’s way cheaper and better.
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  9. Dhaller

    Dhaller Super Member

    United States
    Colored wash (divided into "light" and "dark") is generally cold and tumble dried on low heat.

    I actually do hang a fair amount of stuff to dry (merino baselayers, Tori Richard shirts, etc), but I have the setup for it so it's not particularly onerous.

    Towels and sheets are hot and dried on high heat. Just nuke that stuff! People keep towels and sheets too long, anyway; I say keep them clean and don't worry about hustling them to the grave. I also use bleach about every third washing, both to disinfect the towels and to clean the washing machine.

    We're a scent-free household, so we use Arm & Hammer's unscented "free & clear" liquid detergent; we never use drying sheets.

    If colored clothes are just plain filthy (like stuff worn a week camping, caving clothes, a coat your daughter leaves in the rain overnight and then stashes in a drawer so it will mildew... things like that) I just wash it hot and then tumble dry low.

  10. John M

    John M New Member

    United States
    New Jersey
    Will be picking up a copy soon.

    : )

    It was more that I just wanted to find out if people felt Tide was too harsh for most clothes.

    For cleaning the washing machine, I use hot water and Affresh.

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