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How to wash laundry clothes by hand

When dealing with delicate fabrics, you often think that dry-cleaning is the only option. But many clothes are hand-washable. To protect delicate fabrics when you hand-wash, be sure to use Downy Fabric Conditioners.


Step 1

First, read the care label for any specific hand-washing details.

Step 2

Fill a tub or sink with water (recommended temperature on label) and add 1 teaspoon of detergent (use more if washing multiple items). We recommend our Tide Original Scent Liquid

Step 3

Submerge fabrics in soapy water. Gently stir until fabrics are clean.

Step 4

Empty tub or sink and refill it with cool rinsing water. Add clean fabrics to water.

Step 5

Dissolve 1 tablespoon of Downy Fabric Conditioner (or enough to cover the bottom of the cap) in 1 cup of water.

Step 6

Move fabrics to the side of the tub and pour the fabric conditioner solution directly into the rinse water.

Step 7

Stir the fabrics in the rinse water several times, then soak for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir the fabrics several more times.

Step 8

Gently wring, and dry as desired.

Did you know?

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