Top 10 Laundry Tips
Top 10 Laundry Tips
Are your clothes looking jaded and a bit sad? It could be that you’re not washing them properly. According to research by LG, the average person will ruin £3,969 of clothes in a lifetime, which is why it’s important to learn to look after your washing and save your clothes wearing them time and time again. Here are the 10 common mistakes we make when doing the laundry, and tips on how to wash clothes properly.
1. Washing clothes too often
Wash your clothes less frequently. If you do then, hang them up to air, preferably outside of the wardrobe instead of tumble drying them. It’s especially important that you do not wash your jeans often – instead spot clean for minor stains in between washes.
Top tip: Accidentally got make-up on an item of clothing? Squirt some shaving cream on the stain, and let it sink in for 10 minutes. Next, wash it off with cold water.
2. Overloading the machine
It can be tempting to stuff in as much laundry as possible into your washing machine or tumble dryer. But, if you give your clothes some space to roll around, you’ll find they will come out cleaner and less wrinkled.
Your machine’s manual should recommend a load amount for each particular cycle, but for reference, 1kg is the equivalent to an outfit. That’s a top, pair of trousers or skirt, underwear and socks/tights.
The general rules for cotton and linens, the machine’s drum can be full but not tightly packed. You should be able to make two fists at the top without difficulty.
For synthetics, the drum should be half full; and for delicates and woollens, it should be no more than a third full. Some of the latest washing machines automatically weigh your clothes and will tell you if you can add more items to a particular cycle.
3. Measuring the detergent
Too much can irritate your skin and waste water through the extra rinse cycles required. Too little won’t clean laundry properly and will allow the scale to build up in your machine.
Consult your machine’s manual or check out Bosch and Siemens models depending on the type of wash and load size.
Top tip: If an item is extra dirty, treat it to a pre-wash cycle (without detergent), and then wash it on a normal wash (with detergent).
4. Do not wash your darks inside out
You should always wash your darks inside out, this will help the garment keep its colour without fading.
5. You use fabric softener on towels
This is another big no-no. They will become less absorbent over time.
6. Do not leave wet clothes in the washing machine
It only takes 24 hours for the fungus, mildew to start growing!
7. Read the label
It may sound obvious, but it’s worth taking extra time to properly read and understand garment care instructions. That way, you won’t end up having clothes that have been reduced in size!
If you’re unsure of what all the washing icons mean, look them up on the internet.
8. You don’t treat stains fast enough
Speed is of the essence when it comes to stain removal.
Top tip: Use lemon juice to remove grass stains from white cotton. Tackle scorch marks by rubbing with half a raw onion.
9. Be careful of bras
Underwired bras, belts or buttons can damage a washing machine or tumble dryer. So while it might take five extra minutes, always and try to remove metal pieces or wash the items in a mesh bag or pillowcase.
Do the same with your smalls and keep socks in pairs and tights untangled to stop them from causing blockages.
10. Wash your machine regularly
If you don’t, you’ll have musty-smelling laundry. Put some clean dishcloths in the drum and use a non-bio detergent. Run it on the hottest programme. Some machines may have a tub clean cycle.
Wipe down the door seal and detergent drawers regularly with hot soapy water to get rid of the leftover residue it leaves behind.