How to Prevent Your Colors from Fading

Everyone loves the way fresh, brand-new clothing looks: bright, vibrant, solid colors that pop! However, we all know how easy it is for those colors to fade over time after washing. So to prevent your colors from fading, check out these helpful tips!

  1. Read the Care Label 

This may seem like a straight-forward or obvious suggestion, but many of us tend to ignore the care labels on our clothing. That being said, taking a few seconds to identify how our clothes should be properly washed is essential for the lifespan of the garments.

  1. Wash Dark Colors Together

Not only is sorting your clothes a great opportunity to check the care label, but it also eliminates the dreaded possibility of staining all of your white socks red when you accidently throw that new red t-shirt into the wash.

  1. Turn Clothes Inside Out

By turning your clothes inside out while washing and drying, you can reduce the amount of general wear and tear. The washing and drying process is rough on the exterior of your clothes, so you can minimalized the damage by turning them inside out for the cleaning process.

  1. Don’t Stuff the Washer

By stuffing a washer, you may think you’re saving time and resources, but you are in fact making the machine work harder to wash the clothing. Additionally, detergent cannot distribute evenly or be properly rinsed when there are too many clothes in the washer. Similarly, clothes take a lot longer to dry when a large amount is stuffed into a dryer.

  1. Wash in Cold Water

Detergents in the last few years have evolved so that they perform just as well in cold water as they do in hot water. Cold water also reduced color bleeding, while also saving on energy.

  1. Don’t Over-Dry

It’s tempting to set the dryer for a long period of time and let it go, ensuring our clothes are bone dry. However, overheating is detrimental to bright and dark colors as it promotes fading. In fact, clothes should be slightly damp when removing from the dryer, and allowed to completely dry by air.

  1. Add Vinegar

Adding a cup of vinegar to your washing machine acts as a natural fabric softener and also helps prevent color fading.

  1. Use the Gentle Cycle or a Gentle Detergent

Using your machine’s gentle cycle, or by hand washing these delicate items, you can ensure that your colors will last as long as possible. There are also detergents that are specifically formulated to prevent fading and color loss in bright and dark colored clothing.

Still having trouble keeping your colors nice and bright? Stop by Bakers Centre Laundry and let us help you! We are available to you and your needs with our 24-hour laundry service

Ways to Keep Your White Shirt Sparkling White

It can be tough keeping a brand new white shirt’s vibrancy and stainlessness after a couple of weeks of wear. However, these tips may help you have more success in making sure your white clothes stay that way.

  1. Make sure your white fabrics and darker fabrics are separated before going into the wash. If these are placed into a washer together, it could very likely result in color transfer or bleeding dye, coloring your white fabric, or simply causing it to look unclean.
  2. Wash your white clothes in hot water, and make sure to use plenty of soap or detergent to wash away all the dirt. You may also want to add a whitener into the wash, such as lemon juice, vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide.
  3. When it comes to fabric that has been yellowed with time, rinse in a little vinegar and water, and hang it someplace bright and warm to dry.
  4. Pre-treat the stains on your clothes with normal soap or laundry detergent. Scrub the stain away thoroughly, before soaking in hot water.
  5. Make sure that the clothes have been completely rinsed, in a clean washing machine, so that dirt in the machine is not being transferred onto the fabric. If nothing else works, add some bleach to your load, in an appropriate amount.

Still having trouble keeping your whites nice and clean? Stop by Bakers Centre Laundry and let us help you! We are available to you and your needs with our 24-hour laundry service

5 Most Common Laundry Symbols and Their Meanings

You’ve been doing laundry for the longest! You’ve read countless care tags with washing instructions and you’ve seen the symbols but probably never paid them any mind. Well those symbols aren’t just cute little illustrations to keep you entertained while you read about wash cycles. They actually mean something. Here are some pictures and descriptions of laundry symbols that you never know about!

  1. The most common washing machine instruction: machine wash, normal. This symbol is depicted as a tub of with water This means that you can wash your garment with no alterations to water temperature, soap, or agitation speed. You may often times see numbers in the middle of the “tubs” which indicate the temperature of water that should be used.
  2. Another common washing instruction is permanent press. Permanent press is meant eliminate wrinkles in clothes by using an appropriate combination of hot and cold water, and agitation and spin speeds. This symbol is depicted as a bucket of water with a line underneath. Two lines underneath indicate a gentle or delicate cycle.
  3. A common laundry symbol that is often overlooked or disregarded is tumble dry, low heat which is often used for delicates and items with any elasticized materials. This symbol is depicted by circle surrounded by a box with a dot in the middle. The same symbol with two and three dots in the middle call for medium and high heat respectively.
  4. Bleach when needed. This symbol is depicted by a transparent triangle while the opposite “do not bleach” instruction symbol is depicted by a solid triangle with an “X”
  5. Some clothes you own call for dry cleaning. This can be indicated by looking at the tag and seeing a single transparent circle. If you see this symbol, you should take your garment to the cleaners where they can properly care for it. You may often times see the same symbol with an “X” which indicates “Do Not Dry Clean.”

Now that you know a little bit more about laundry symbols, be sure to closely examine and follow your wash/care labels and get familiar with them. After a while, you may not even need to read the instructions! If you need help with your laundry, be sure to contact us at Bakers Centre Laundry! Call us at 215-227-1454 or visit us online today!

All Natural Ways to Remove Underarm Stains

Are you tired of buying shirts over and over again due to yellow underarm stains? There is nothing more overwhelming than underarm stains when it comes to your wardrobe. It has happened to everyone and at times, it can be rather embarrassing. Are you ready to tackle and beat underarm stains at your very own home? Well now is the time to save your money and remove those stains in a natural way all by yourself!

Dish Soap: removing underarm stains from your shirts just became a lot easier! Remove those stains with dish soap! Mix one part dish soap with two parts of hydrogen peroxide and gently rub together where the stain is located.

Salt: did you think salt was used only for food? Well you thought wrong! Try 4 tablespoons of salt in a 1 quart (liter) of hot water.

Cold Water: gently rub and soak your yellowed underarm stained shirt in cold water. Avoid using hot water – it will most likely set the stain instead or remove it.

Aspirin: did you know that aspirin can be used for other purposes besides pain relief? If you want to remove those underarm stains immediately – crush 2 aspirins and mix the powder in ½ cup of warm water. Gently soak the stain area for about 2-3 hours.

Lemons: if you are looking for a simple ingredient to remove underarm stains, then lemons are your answer! All you need is lemon juice and cold water for awesome results!

Vinegar: before you give up on trying to remove those nasty, yellow underarm stains try using lemons! Gently rub lemon juice and cold water onto the stain.

Still having trouble removing those yucky, yellow underarm stains from your clothing? Stop by Bakers Centre Laundry and let us help you! We are available to you and your needs with our 24-hour laundry service. Please do not hesitate to call us at (215) 227-1454 or visit us online!

The Benefits to Folding Laundry

Some people may enjoy folding their laundry, finding it a good way to pass the time on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It may appeal to their organized nature, or act as a soothing repetitive motion. Others are not so fond of the activity. To these people, folding the laundry is a dull chore, one that is better off being replaced by just stuffing one’s clothes in an empty drawer. However, there are certain advantages that come with folding your laundry properly, and may just make the task worth it.

  1. For example, folding your articles of clothing allows for you to have much more room to store them. Whether you are putting laundry away in a drawer, or packing up for a trip, you will be provided much more volume by reducing the amount of space each individual article takes up. This way, it is easy to store everything in one contained area, rather than having to find a new spot to put away the clothes that wouldn’t fit with the rest.
  2. Folding greatly reduces the amount of wrinkles and creases in your laundry. When you go out in a new shirt or pair of pants, you want to look your best. Wrinkled-up clothing makes the wearer look disheveled and harder to take seriously. Wearing smooth, properly folded attire both looks good and feels right.
  3. Organization is key for a peaceful daily routine, and folding your clothes is a key part of organizing. Folded clothes in a stack are easy to access, and to group together with articles of a similar nature. This process will make your life much easier than attempting to locate a certain piece of clothing in an unmanageable pile.

At Bakers Centre Laundry in Philadelphia we are here to help with all laundry your needs. We try to make it as convenient as possible for you with our high-energy efficient washers, 24-hour service and drop off if needed. We take pride in providing quality service. Stop in today to Bakers Centre Laundry or call 215-227-1454 to learn more.  We would love to hear from you!