Create a fresher home with a few laundering tricks


Whites, brights, dark colors and delicates — doing the laundry can sometimes seem overwhelming.

Pam Howarth of Menallen Township, a retired family consumer science teacher for Uniontown Area School District who also serves as a 4-H leader, shared some insights into cleaning clothes.

“First of all, stain treatment should be done as soon as possible,’’ Howarth noted.

Howarth prefers using a dish-washing detergent that cuts grease and doesn’t have to be laundered right away, but remarked that specific stain treatment products are also good. Read the label, however, to see if the clothing has to be washed within a certain amount of time. Howarth also mentioned some people like to carry stain treatment products that are made to be taken with you, such as wipes.

Howarth said sometimes she puts bleach on a garment held over the sink but then rinsed well to avoid bleach causing a yellow stain.

To make your whites their whitest, Howarth noted a lot of people put a cup of white vinegar in their loads.

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