Steps to successful laundry

Sort it out

Proper laundry sorting is important to prevent laundry problems like dye transfers and shrinking clothes. Read and follow care labels.

  • Sort by colour: Whites, light colours, similar bright colours, and dark colours.

  • Fabric type: Delicate fabric, laces, lingerie, washable silk, etc. require gentle care and need to be washed separately. Lint-giving fabrics (chenille, terry, etc.) should not be washed with lint-attracting items such as corduroy, permanent press, dark socks, etc.

  • Soil content: Heavily soiled work or play clothes should be washed separately from lightly soiled clothes.
Water temperature

Wash in hottest water fabric will allow. For white cottons, use hot water. Bright colours in cold. Follow directions on care label.


If uncertain whether the garment dyes are colourfast, find a hidden area of the garment (such as, the inside seam) and apply a “Pre-treatment concentration” of detergent. Allow to sit for 30 minutes and rinse. If colour remains fast, proceed on whole garment.


Treat stains early. Fresh stains are easier to remove than old ones. Always test an inside seam for colourfastness and be sure to read the direction copy on the container.

  • Pre-treat:
    • Liquid Detergent: Pour ARM & HAMMER™ Liquid Detergent directly onto tough stains and rub in.
    • Powder Detergent: Apply a paste of detergent and water, rub on stain.
  • Pre-wash:
    • For heavily soiled garments, run through pre-wash cycle before laundering.

Some stains may require a commercial stain remover product.

Laundry additives
ARM & HAMMER™ Super Washing Soda

The natural laundry detergent booster that adds extra cleaning and freshening power!

OxiClean™ Stain Remover Products

OxiClean™ Stain Remover products release oxygen to target the stains, rather than the fabric, removing many tough stains. Available in several forms: Powder, Spray, and in-wash additive.

Bleach additive

Colour-safe bleach is the bleach choice for coloured garments. Chlorine bleach for whites. Test garment for colourfastness by dipping a hidden portion of garment in bleach product for a few minutes. Use with hottest water that fabric will allow.


Do not put garments with a stain in the dryer. The dryer heat will set stains and make them permanent. Repeat pre-treatment/washing techniques above. If this doesn’t work, send garment to cleaners. Some stains, however, may be permanent.