What is the point of buying expensive, high-quality clothes and then ruining them in the wash? Few people read and understand the information on labels, and even fewer follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. However, there are ways to make laundry effective and enjoyable. Here are some tips to help you do a perfect wash!
1) The Ideal Wash
Before doing laundry, make sure that you have everything in the laundry room. An ideal laundry room is first and foremost functional. In addition to appliances such as a washer and dryer, it is worth investing in a system of shelves and cabinets that provide enough space to store detergent. Baskets for dirty laundry and hangers for freshly washed clothes are also recommended.
2) Sorting the Laundry
Separate laundry into light and dark, towels, bed linens, etc., as much as possible. You can opt for a full-blown black wash or a white one, where you find it necessary. Try to use natural vinegar instead of fabric softener, especially for towels and dark clothes.
Sorting laundry becomes even easier when you put laundry basket stickers on your laundry basket. You can choose from black stickers on a transparent background or white cut stickers. You can also choose to put your name on it. So, first, discuss what exactly you want, and then have it done by a print shop that can make this kind of work for you.
3) Good Water Temperature
Nowadays, it is recommended to wash at the lowest possible temperature. This is possible, but most stains will not come out, white laundry will turn gray, and the laundry may smell musty.
Light laundry should be washed at 40-60 degrees, dark-colored clothes at 40 degrees, and towels and bed linens at 90 degrees.
4) Do Not Overload the Washing Machine
One of the most common mistakes in washing is overloading the washing machine. Do not fill the drum to the maximum. Read the instruction manual carefully and wash the amount of clothes that the manufacturer allows.
5) Removing the Stain
Stains need to be treated thoroughly before being put into the washing machine. You can use a special detergent or household remedies like ammonia or milk.
6) Use Natural Vinegar
Vinegar used in laundry acts as a natural fabric softener, has antibacterial properties and helps keep the colors of your clothes vibrant. It also positively affects the washing machine itself, ensuring that it works properly.
7) Hand Washing
Hand wash delicate items and use a gentle detergent that will not damage the fabric. Clothes washed in this way will last longer.
8) Ironing Wet Clothes
Not many people know that clothes that are difficult to iron, especially shirts and pants, can be ironed faster and easier when wet. Iron these type of clothes as soon as you take them out of the washing machine.
9) Drying in a Tumble Dryer
Remember that not all clothes can be dried in the dryer. Fabrics such as nylon and lycra will shrink if dried at too high a temperature. Wool should not be put in the dryer at all. This will cause it to shrink quickly. Using a dry ball in the dryer will soften the garment nicely, prevent wrinkling, and reduce drying time by up to 25%.
10) Dry Outdoors in the Sun
Not everyone can afford a tumbler dryer for both economic reasons of high electricity bills and practical reasons of lack of space. On sunny days, drying your laundry on a balcony, terrace, or garden will increase the durability of your clothes!
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