Hints & HELP!
submitted by Lorene Bartos, Extension Educator
This article appeared in the Lincoln
Journal Star Newspaper.
you noticed a white substance left on clothes at the end
of the wash cycle? It doesnt brush off easily. Maybe,
over time, youve even noticed clothing colors have
the problem is in the washing machines rinse cycle.
The rinse cycle is designed to flush water through fabric
removing soil, suds and detergent residue. Evidence of proper
rinsing is the final washing and drying results. Residue
on freshly washed clothes usually appears as streaks and
is more noticeable on dark-colored loads.
examine reasons for these streaks, first consider the type
of detergent used. Detergents that contain only sodium carbonates
will affect laundering results. A lint-like, white residue
may be deposited on clothes from a reaction with hardness
minerals in hard water. This is true especially if the water
is harder than 14 grains per gallon, which is considered
very hard. Soft water is considered zero to three grains.
for a detergent label with a combination of sodium carbonate
and aluminosilicates to act as water softeners. The amount
of detergent to use is recommended on the label for a normal
load and average hardness of water from four to nine grains
hardness. Use more detergent if the size of the laundry
load is larger, the degree of soil is heavier and if the
water is harder.
using a rinse-added fabric softener, a chemical reaction
between rinse-added softeners and detergent may create white
deposits on clothes. To avoid this, dilute rinse-added softener
with warm water in the dispenser, clean any spilled detergent
from the dispenser before adding any softener and dont
use fabric softener in every load.
next time you launder a load of clothes, reconsider what
it is you do and use so your laundry will come out of the
dryer looking great.
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