dalli ABCs of Laundry

Laundry tips provided by dalli.


ABCs of Laundry

Laundry Tips

Simply follow these seven easy rules for a perfect laundry result which is also gentle to the environment:
1. Note the care instructions on the textiles' label.
2. Follow the recommendations on the detergent packaging.
3. For best results, wash white, colored and fine textiles separately. This also saves detergent and energy.
4. Always select the detergent according to the laundry type. e.g. heavy-duty detergent, color or fine detergent.
5. Note the dosing instructions for the detergent quantity on the package.
6. Wash at the lowest temperature possible. With minimal soiling, 30 °C is sufficient. Do without the boiled wash cycle.
7. Only in sert the recommended quantity of textile pieces into the machine.

Sometimes additional water softener is a good idea

Detergents contain a water softener which is suitable for up to 30 degrees of German water hardness (°dH). You should only add additional softener for water above 30 °dH. In dosing, a distinction is made between the water hardening ranges "soft" and "average". If you are not exactly sure how hard your water is, your local water plant will be happy to provide you with information.

These textiles are washed unrolled

To avoid color loss and to ensure complete cleaning, you should always roll textiles outward:
  • solid fabric, such as jeans
  • pillow and bed covering
  • trouser and jacket pockets
  • printed and black cotton wool textiles
  • dark materials made of microfibers

You can avoid light stripes on dark textiles

Sometimes light deposits occur from the water softener contained in the detergent. They are harmless and can easily be removed following laundering. However, they can also be avoided right before the wash cycle by:
  • rolling up all textile parts
  • using a liquid detergent
  • select a gentle wash program for each wash cycle
  • spin with maximum 600 RPMs per minute

There does not have to be strong creasing

You can do the following before the wash cycle to prevent heavy creasing:
  • use an easy-care or gentle cycle for fine textiles
  • wash small and large pieces of laundry separately
  • possibly use a softener
  • do not load the washing machine with more than 2.5 kg

Is your laundry hard and rough? Here is how to get help!

When drying on the clothes line – particularly in closed rooms – sometimes what is known as dry stiffness occurs in the laundry. It is best to ensure a constant air flow. At least you should be able to separate the individual pieces of laundry before folding. Also the dosage of your detergent and the hardness range of your water can play a role. Too much detergent is not sufficiently rinsed, too little causes lime deposits. You should use an additional softener with a hardness level above 30 °dH. The quantity of the laundry is also significant. Fill the washing machine with max. 5 kg, because not all textiles sufficiently come into contact with the water. Also adding a softener helps prevent hard laundry from the start.

You can do that to protect against detergent residues in the laundry!

Most of all, it is a question of filling the washing machine. Leave at least a hand width of space upward in the drum. For fine detergents, we recommend only loading 2.5 kg so that the laundry is better flooded. The detergent dosage should of course be geared to the recommendations on the detergent packaging. Too much but also too little detergent can result in residue.


Here are a few tips on your washing machine:
  • The lint sieve should be regularly checked and, if necessary, cleaned.
  • The water supply must be guaranteed to be unhindered at all times so that enough water can flow into the machine and there will be no solubility problems.
  • The outlet hose should be a maximum of one meter and should not be bent.
  • With low water pressure, you should increase the water level via the appropriate function on your washing machine.


ABCs of Laundry

Special Fibers

Special fibers require special care.

Modern textiles with optimal care

Dalli Sport & Outdoor Clean is a liquid fine detergent which is perfectly suited for modern fibers such as viscose, Spandex, microfiber, polyester, stretch, mixed fabrics as well as breathable sports and leisure clothes. Note the instructions on the care label on the textile. Because you should not use any softener with membrane textiles, dalli Sport & Outdoor is the best choice here for perfect laundry results.

A special detergent for black

Dalli Black Wash is a special product which makes it possible for you to take special care of particularly sensitive black or dark pieces of clothing. The detergent includes a special color protector which ensures that dark colors do not get washed out so quickly. Wash after wash, there is an attractive brilliance.

Detergent for wool and silk

You should definitely use a specialized detergent for sensitive fibers such as wool and silk in each case. The pH-neutral and enzyme-free composition of dalli Wolle & Seide has a particularly gentle and preserving effect on such fibers.


If you also follow some important rules, you will also enjoy your exclusive wool-feeling textiles for a long time with dalli Wolle & Seide:
  • Wool should not be subjected to any high washing temperature and robust handling (e.g. brushes or wringing)
  • Wool should be washed quickly and rinsed and not left in the water
  • Never dry wool in the dryer
  • Always follow the warning instructions on the label

Detergent for allergies and sensitive skin

In conjunction with the German Allergy and Asthma Association, dalli has developed an ideal special detergent for this purpose. Dalli Med contains neither perfume nor dyes nor preservatives. It is thereby especially coordinated to the needs of sensitive skin. People affected by this should also note their washing behavior. The stress on your wellbeing can be kept as low as possible through the correct dosage of dalli Med, an additional rinse cycle and handling of the washing machine.


ABCs of Laundry

Care Symbols


Normal wash cycle
Gentle wash cycle
Special wash cycle
Maximum washing temperature
Hand washables
Do not wash


Bleaching with chlorine
Bleaching with oxygen
Bleaching not possible

Drum dry

Drying with normal temperature
Drying with low temperature
Do not dry in a drum dryer


Hot iron
Hot iron moderately
Do not hot iron
Do not iron
The dots identify the temperature ranges of the iron's controller

Chemical cleaning

The letters are intended for chemical cleaners. They indicate the solvent in question. The bar under the circle includes a restriction of the mechanical load, the moisture supply and the temperature at cleaning. A crossed-out circle prohibits chemical cleaning.


ABCs of Laundry

Special Spots

You should treat all spots as quickly as possible because dried-in spots are often very difficult to remove.
Absorb fresh spots immediately with a paper cloth or with wax paper so that it does not penetrate too much into the fabric.
Sometimes it even helps if you pour some mineral water onto the spot, let it work in briefly and then absorb it with a towel.
For stubborn stains, simply apply some detergent lye according to the package label dosing instructions and then let the spot soak in. Then wash the textile once again normally.
We recommend the following tricks for spot removal for special spots:

Beer spots

Pre-treat with dalli liquid detergent, then wash according to the care instructions on the label, best with any product containing bleach like our heavy-duty detergent powders.
Particularly stubborn beer spots can also be removed by dabbing some vinegar water (from one part vinegar and four parts water) and then rinsing thoroughly.

Blood spots

If the spot is still fresh, first wash out the spot with cold water, then put into detergent lye and wash as usual.

Paint spots

Water-based spots such as Latex, acrylic and dispersion paint can also be rinsed out under water – as long as they are still damp.
Then follow the care instructions on the label.

Chewing gum spots

Place the piece of clothing into the freezer for one hour. The gum becomes hard as a result, it no longer sticks and then can be worked out easily.

Glue spots

If the textile is not made of synthetic materials, two old "home remedies" can help. Dab the corresponding spots with nail polish remover or acetone. Then follow the care instructions on the label as usual.

Fruit, vegetable, coffee, and tea spots

Let the soiled areas soak in cold water and then wash with the appropriate detergent. Do not use any color or liquid detergents but rather washing powder. Universal detergents in powder form contain bleach with which spots which have dye can be removed.

Oil spots

For all washable parts, spread some hand-washing paste onto the spot, let it work in briefly, rub out if necessary and rinse in clear water.

Rust spots

Dab light spots with lemon juice, shake some salt over and let it absorb until the spot has disappeared. Then rinse well.

Sludge spots

First let the sludge dry. Then scrape off and pre-treat the rest of the spot with liquid detergent. Then follow the care instructions on the label as usual.
A high washing temperature is a good idea but the temperature indicated on the label should not be exceeded..

Chocolate spots

Carefully scratch off the chocolate residue and then wash off the spot with detergent lye.

Ink spots

Soak the affected textiles for at least 12 hours in cold detergent lye. Then you can wash by taking the care instructions on the label into account.
Except for synthetic materials, it also helps to dab nail polish remover onto older spots, most of all, before the wash cycle.

Wax spots

Remove wax spots on textiles using a sharp knife as much as possible. Then place wax paper onto the wax spots and iron them out. Then wash with soapy water or brush out.