Check all pockets before washing and unroll sleeves, pant legs and socks. Separate your laundry into at least three piles: whites, mediums, and darks. Whites require bleach and dark colors tend to run or bleed because of the heavy dyes in the clothing. Separate delicates such as silk blouses, underwear, or clothing with decorative items. Items you want to protect from fading should be turned inside out.
Pre-treat stains. You can use laundry detergent as a pre-treatment. Simply pour it directly on the fabric and rub gently. Place the item in the wash with the rest of the articles and add more detergent. You may have to wash the item twice to remove all of the stains. More information on stain removal is available on our Stain Removal Tips page. Use chlorine bleach on whites only (not even khaki - it turns peach!), and add the bleach after the clothing is wet. Most machines require only ¼ cup detergent and ¾-1 cup of bleach.
VISUALLY INSPECT INSIDE OF WASHING MACHINES AND DRYERS BEFORE PUTTING CLOTHING IN. ALERT ATTENDANT IF CLEANING IS NECESSARY!