Clothes that are covered with grass stains, mud, food or blood often need to be soaked ahead of the washing process. It is easy to pre-soak clothes in the tub of a regular front-load washing machine. A front-load washing machine has a door on the front side of the unit rather than at the top. Clothes are washed in a barrel drum. Even though the high-efficiency front-load washers use a smaller amount of water, it is possible to soak soiled clothes in them.
Place soiled clothes into the front-load washer and shut the door tightly.
Add one-eighth to one-quarter cup of detergent to the drawer or panel at the top of the washer. Use the smaller amount if soaking one garment.
Program the machine for the water temperature, load size and type of load. A football or soccer uniform will be heavily stained and should be set for a medium to heavy soil and a cold water temperature.
Push the button to start the machine. A small amount of water will enter the washer barrel. Listen for a click, and a red light may come on that lets you know that the door has locked. This is a warning that you can no longer add any clothes.
Wait for the front-load washer to fill with the remaining portion of water. Watch through the window for the clothes to start moving.
Press the "Stop" button on the washing machine to stop the process. The water will remain in the barrel and the clothes will begin to soak. A football uniform should soak for no more than 45 minutes.