How to Double-Rinse Cycle Your Clothes

Some washing machines -- especially high-efficiency models -- have an "Extra Rinse" setting, which makes double-rinsing laundry a snap.
High-efficiency washers often have a double-rinse setting.High-efficiency washers often have a double-rinse setting.
If your washing machine doesn't have this feature, you can manually rinse your clothes twice by using the main wash cycle dial. Double-rinsing clothing minimizes detergent residue, which can irritate sensitive skin or trigger allergic reactions. A second rinse also helps remove toxins such as pesticides from contaminated clothing, and it flushes away traces of bleach from your washing machine tub.

Step 1

Collect a load of laundry that requires a double rinse. Set the machine to the largest load size to maximize water flow.

Step 2

Run the clothing through an ordinary wash-and-rinse cycle with laundry detergent, and wait until the machine shuts off when the cycle is complete.

Step 3

Turn the wash-cycle dial to "Rinse" and start the cycle. The washing machine will complete a partial cycle, rinsing and spinning the load before shutting off again.

About the Author

Cindy Pineo has been writing about diet, wellness and culture since 2002. She is coauthor of the book "The Atkins Diet and Philosophy." Pineo holds a Master of Arts in English literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Arts in humanities from the University of Chicago.