If the care tag says “gentle cycle,” use a mild detergent. “Regular-formula liquid detergents have chemical additives that can harm delicate fibers,” says Linda Cobb, known as the Queen of Clean. Use an all-natural detergent for regular loads. “Green detergents are safe for any type of clothing because they are all natural, meaning they don’t contain chemicals that will harm those gentler items.”
For colorfast delicate items that are stained, Cobb suggests treating them the natural way, using 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, which is just as effective as non-chlorine bleach. Pour ½ cup into a full load and your garments will sparkle.