Laundry, “articles of clothing, linens, etc., that have been or are to be washed.” (http://www.definitions.net). The Super Bowl is arriving just around the corner. My lucky t-shirt has been good to me the last couple of years – it’s only crazy if it doesn’t work, right – and now, my team is going to this year’s Super Bowl. Even if your team is not headed to the Super Bowl, you too, probably have a lucky shirt. Washing your lucky t-shirt in the best temperature, using a certain type of detergent, and knowing specific drying techniques can extend the life of your lucky t-shirt for game day.
I have been washing clothes for over thirty years. Wow, I guess that almost says it all. As they say, practice makes perfect, and I have had a lot of practice. In my experience, I have learned a couple tricks of the trade. I wash my lucky t-shirt inside out so that the decal keeps from splitting and breaking down. I always check the tag on a new t-shirt to see what the manufacturer recommends for washing. Though, even if the manufacturer recommends washing in hot water, I’ll choose cold water just about every time. “Switching from hot water to cold water will extend the life of the clothing, as well as save money on your next electric bill.” (Laura Leiva). “Sure, hot water cleans and sanitizes clothes, but if you think cold water isn’t effective for washing, think again. Cold water can be just as effective at cleaning clothes, and some fabrics fare better without the heat.” (Elton Dunn). You’re probably thinking, well, cold water won’t get my lucky t-shirt clean after game day. Try pre-soaking any of those icky stains right away; because, if you let your stained up t-shirt (from nachos, pizza, beer or whatever you might have spilled on it) sit there all wadded up in the corner for a week or two, it could cause those unwanted stains to set in even longer. That is why I use cold water to wash the material, as hot water breaks down material and causes your...
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