I've been doing my own laundry since I was a teenager. I THOUGHT I knew what I was doing. Boy was I wrong! You're probably going to just as surprised as I was when you read what common mistakes we're making.
According to the Huffington Post, here are 6 LAUNDRY MISTAKES YOU'RE PROBABLY MAKING:
1. You're probably using too much detergent. You only need to fill the cap about a third full...and halfway for really dirty clothes.
2. You're not dissolving the detergent. Detergent doesn't dissolve well in cool water...especially powder detergent.
3. You're not loading the washing machine properly. By pouring detergent on the top of clothes...you're taking a risk that soap won't dissolve. You should put detergent in first.
4. You're not separating clothing correctly. Wash anything stretchy only with other stretchy items. And while towels can be washed with other cotton items, this is often a recipe for pilled clothing.
5. You're using too much fabric softener. Softeners leave behind a coating on fabrics...especially with towels.
6. You're drying everything on wrong heat setting. The highest heat setting should be used for your heaviest items. A medium heat cycle should be used for clothes to reduce wrinkling.