Laundry How-Tos

Learn how to wash every item in your closet—plus shoes, bedding, towels, and more—with our comprehensive collection of expert guides and step-by-step instructions for doing laundry.

Striped panties next to brown bra with soap suds and cleaning supplies
How to Wash and Care for Lingerie and Shapewear
Thrifted clothing hanging on rack with hangers in front of pink wall
How to Wash and Care for Thrifted Clothes
Leather gloves surrounded with cleaning materials and houseplant
How to Clean and Care for Leather Gloves
Light gray bamboo sheets in woven basket on top of bare bed
How to Clean and Care For Bamboo Sheets
Cleaned mattress protector held in a wicker basket
How to Wash and Care for a Mattress Protector
Green and blue sleeping bag inside tent with door open near lake
How to Wash a Sleeping Bag
Woman hanging washing on the line
11 DIY Clothesline Ideas for Inside and Outside
Made bed with white sheets folded and pillows with white covers
How to Keep White Sheets White
New bedsheets folded on top of made bed next to basket of laundry cleaning materials
Should You Wash New Sheets Before Using Them?
Floral patterned bedsheet made with hospital corners and cat laying down
How to Make Hospital Corners on Your Bed
White leather van shoes being cleaned with melamine sponge
How to Clean White Vans Shoes
laundry items in a basket
5 Laundry Products Everyone Should Have
Someone folding a down comforter
How to Wash and Care for a Heavy Comforter
White button-down shrunken shirt hanging on drying rack
How to Shrink a Shirt
White clothing inside tub with laundry stripping solution
What Is Stripping Laundry—And How to Do It
folded white towels
How to Soften Towels
beach towel by the pool
How to Clean and Care for Beach Towels
person cleaning suede slippers
How to Wash and Care for Slippers
Two sewn face masks laying on a table
How to Sew a Basic Face Mask
sorting lights and darks before washing
4 Simple Steps for Sorting Laundry
using baking soda in laundry
How to Use Baking Soda in Laundry
American flag hanging from pole in front of house porch
How to Clean the American Flag
basket of laundry on a mattress
How to Disinfect Laundry With or Without Bleach
Pillows without sheets stacked on each other on top of bed
How to Wash All Types of Pillows
person dusting a window sill
12 Ways to Get Rid of Dust Mites in Your Home
weighted blanket in a laundry basket
How to Clean and Care for a Weighted Blanket
pairs of shoes and scrub brush
How to Clean 5 Types of Shoes Properly
sneakers by the hamper
How to Protect Your Laundry From Athlete's Foot
Baking soda inside labeled glass container in front of folded white towels
Uses for Baking Soda in Laundry
different types of laundry detergent
What's Best: Liquid, Powder, Pods, or Sheets for Laundry Detergent?
pilling on sweatpants
How to Prevent and Remove Pilling on Clothes
Someone placing a sweater in a mesh laundry bag
How to Clean and Care for Sweaters
folded knit clothing
How to Prevent Clothes From Shrinking and Stretching
coffee used in laundry
10 Laundry Rules That Aren't Actually True
bras and a delicates bag
Guide to Washing Women's Clothes
woman spraying perfume
How to Remove Perfume Odors From Clothes
Someone polishing athletic shoes
How to Clean and Care for Tennis and Athletic Shoes
Rash guard on a beach towel
How to Clean and Care for Rash Guard Shirts and Pants
laundry detergent alternatives
Emergency Laundry Detergent Alternatives
Baseball caps hanging from a hook
How to Wash and Care for a Baseball Cap
Blue and gray baseball uniform next to cleaning ingredients and laundry detergent
How to Clean and Care for Baseball Uniforms
closeup of washing machine dials
A Washing Machine Temperature Guide (for Most Brands)
Someone putting a bathing suit in a sink
How to Wash and Care for a Swimsuit
A fabric face mask, scissors, and sewing pins
How to Make a Reusable Mask
closeup of an ashtray
How to Remove Cigarette Smells From Clothes & Carpet
White and tan towels folded in bathroom next to houseplant and wicker basket with rolled gray towels
3 Ways to Fold Your Towels for Neater Storage
A table with a white tablecloth and gray chairs
How to Wash Tablecloths and Linens
white residue on clothing
What Causes White Residue on Washed Clothes
dark clothing in a hamper
How to Wash Dark Clothes to Reduce Fading
container of borax next to a stack of towels
How to Use Borax in Your Laundry for a Fresh Load
person smelling towels
How to Remove Musty Odors From Towels
Washing machine with clothes
How to Wash Clothes Contaminated From a Flood
laundry basket, tissues, and teddy bear on top of a mattress
Wash and Disinfect Sick Bed Laundry
laundry basket of white linens
How to Whiten Yellowed Clothes and Linens
dog clothing and toys on a clothesline
How to Wash Dog Sweaters, Collars, and Bedding
hamper of laundry
New Year's Day Laundry Superstitions and Resolutions
White and gray shirt with blue stain next to colored markers and scissors
7 Creative Ways to Hide Stains on Clothes
hydrogen peroxide and white towels
5 Reasons to Use Hydrogen Peroxide for Laundry
Two laundry baskets with dirty clothes
How to Do Laundry in a College Dorm
Nine types of winter coats hanging up
How to Clean and Care for 9 Types of Winter Coats