No matter how long you've been doing your laundry for, you've likely never changed your routine or tried something different. Howver, there's more to a routine than making sure your darks, lights, delicates and denim are separate. In fact, there are tonnes of laundry hacks out there that can bring you a range of benefits including saving you money and making your clothes last longer.
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If you are intrigued to find out how you could improve your laundry routine and make the most of your laundry appliances. Find out more and pick up some smart laundry tips below.
Mistake 1: Rubbing at Stains Too Much
Of course, some staind will need a little elbow grease to wash them out. Yet, you shouldn't find yourself rubbing at them furiously. Doing this can make the stain much worse and can even wear away the fabric. Instead, make sure to treat the stain as soon as possible and you'll be much more successful. Also, make sure to use a white cloth to clean the stain, so no colours transfer and dab instead of rubbing as this will help keep the stain contained.
Mistake 2: Way Too Much Detergent
Believe it or not, but excess detergent can in fact hold dirt in your clothes and collect in areas that won't always rinse clean such as under the collar, leading to bacteria build up. Instead, make sure to use half the detergent and then gradually increase this if your clothes aren't coming out clean. Though, if you have hard water, you may in fact need more soap than you are using.
Mistake 3: Incorrectly Filling the Washing Machine
If you have a top-loader washing machine and use liquid detergent, surely you're filling the machine with water, then adding soap and then your clothes, right? Well, really, this doesn't matter. The routine is one of the past, used to reduce the amount of residue on the fabric and in the machine. Though, modern detergents are now phosphate-free and won't harm your clothes. So, as long as you're not using bleach, you won't need to add clothing after the water. In fact, try clothes, then water and then soap.
Mistake 4: Washing Items Best Fit to 'Dry-Clean"
You don't necessarily have to panic if you accidentally wash an item made to be dry-cleaned as most can be hand washed and air-dried. Though, if you need to check how an item will stand up in the wash, try moistening a cotton swab with mild detergent and dab it on a hidden seam to see if any dye comes off. If not, dunk the fabric in soapy water a couple of times, then rinse it and immediately roll it in a towel.
Mistake 5: Leaving Zips Unzipped
If you leave zips unzipped, the metal teeth can snag on delicate and woven materials that are in the same load.
Mistake 6: Washing Shirts With All The Buttons Done Up
This seems like a good idea at first, but washing shirts buttoned up can cause undue stress on both buttons and buttonholes. So, make sure to take the time to unbutton your shirts before washing.
Mistake 7: Overusing Bleach
Yes, bleach is an excellent cleaner, yet you should think twice before you reach for it. Yet contrary to popular belief, you don't need bleach to get rid of protein stains such as blood and sweat. A much more natural remedy is to boil a big pot of water with a few lemon slices for a few minutes, and to toss any stained clothes in.
Hopefully, the listed points have helped you pick up a few new tips and tricks, potentially even some you've never heard of before. Have you got any tips or tricks that we haven't covered on our list? Make sure to leave a comment below!