Test your laundry knowledge

The Ultimate Laundry Know-How Quiz

Posted on April 6, 2021 by Steven Toltz

Like it or not, the laundry must get done — and it won’t wash itself. From sorting and choosing the right washing cycle to know whether to dry or lay flat to air dry, there’s a lot to think about. Plus, what do those symbols on your tags mean anyway? So, whether you think you know all there is to know or you’re new at the laundry game, test your know-how with this fun quiz. You just might learn something new!

True or False: Your washer or dryer can eat your socks.

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It's true! Socks can get stuck in the agitator, pushed into the area between the inner tub and outer tub, or trapped in the washer’s filter or the door’s rubber gasket. Try using a mesh bag to keep your socks from getting lost.

What is the best setting for denim?

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Set your washing machine to the gentle cycle or delicate cycle and choose the coldest water option.

True or False: You can’t wash a “dry clean” item?

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It's false! “Dry clean” is an indicator that the garment is delicate and dry cleaning is recommended, but often it can be washed on delicate or by hand. However, if the label is “Dry Clean ONLY” leave it to the professionals.

True or False: You need to use hot water to get your clothes the cleanest.

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It's false! Most washers and detergents are designed to get your clothes clean in COLD water. Save the hot water for sanitizing purposes.

True or False: To prevent dark clothes from staining, add coffee to the rinse cycle.

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False! Adding coffee won’t keep your dark clothes dark, but adding a cup of white distilled vinegar to the rinse cycle will help remove detergent residue, which dulls fabric.

The three types of fabric softeners are liquids, dryer sheets and dyer balls.

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There are 3 main types of fabric softeners. Each has its pros and cons. Liquid fabric softeners may be most effective at removing odors and softening clothes, but they’re the most expensive. Dryer sheets and dryer balls are other alternatives and you can read more about the differences here.

This symbol means:

professional dry clean laundry symbol
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Professional care. When you see this symbol on your garment tag, it means it requires professional care and is stating you must dry clean this item. Learn more about what those symbols mean.

True or False: It doesn’t matter how much laundry detergent is used.

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False! Using too much laundry detergent isn’t good for the washer or your clothes and can leave your washer basin feeling slimy or smelly, and even leave dark spots or rust on your clothes. As a general rule of thumb, use about a tablespoon of laundry detergent per regular load size.

True or False: Bleach is the best way to keep your whites white.

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False! Using bleach too often will actually leave your whites looking more yellowed. Tip: add half-cup of hydrogen peroxide after your washer is filled with water and let the clothes soak for 30 minutes before washing.

If you do your laundry at home instead of using any of our services, keep these tips and tricks in mind. When in doubt, we’re here to help from dry cleaning and wash and fold services to your alteration needs. Stop by a dry cleaning location near you or sign up for our free pickup and delivery service today!

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