1. If you spill on a garment, immediately rinse or blot away the stain using cool water to prevent it from setting. Make sure to read fabric care labels, and wash accordingly to help clothing last. And before you toss garments into the wash, be sure to double-check the pockets, as well as zip zippers and fasten buttons –– this helps cut down on snags, holes, etc.

Here are four tips to help speed up laundry time while protecting clothes from damage:

1. If you spill on a garment, immediately rinse or blot away the stain using cool water to prevent it from setting. Make sure to read fabric care labels, and wash accordingly to help clothing last. And before you toss garments into the wash, be sure to double-check the pockets, as well as zip zippers and fasten buttons –– this helps cut down on snags, holes, etc.

2. Sort laundry by color, wash cycle and water temperature required. Make it easier on yourself and your family by placing bins marked for whites, darks, mediums and delicates in your laundry room.  

3. If your clothing is heavily soiled, extra-large or you want to use the cold-water setting, add extra laundry detergent when you start the cycle. Some high-efficiency washers feature a sanitize setting, which uses the hottest water available to thoroughly get rid of germs and grime.

4. Dry only full loads. Drying only a handful of garments prolongs the drying time by reducing the tumbling. If you have to dry a smaller load, add a few bath towels to help with tumbling.

-- Frigidaire/ Family Features