Laundry is laundry. It’s not very interesting, it’s not very fun, but it’s just something we have to do. But there are a few ways that you can make your washes even more effective – yay! Which means that you don’t have to spend as much money on washing liquids and conditioners – and less time ironing, too. Double yay! Take a this link for hiring cleaning supplies to help you on your way.
- Some washing liquid manufacturers claim that you can wash everything at 30C. You can wash a lot of stuff at 30C, but not everything, and you won’t get the clean feeling that you want if you just bung everything in at the same temperature. Cold is for fabrics that you’re worried will shrink or get damaged in a warmer wash, warmer washes will generally do for just about everything else, and hot washes should be used for linens, towels, tea towels and anything that could harbor bacteria.
- If whites are turning grey, make sure that you’re only putting whites into the wash – and that they’re all the same kind of “dirty”. It might also be because the machine is dirty, so wash it once a fortnight with nothing in it, using either your regular cleaner or a dedicated washing machine cleaner.
- Stop dark or coloured clothes from fading by turning ’em inside out before washing.
- Prevent shrinkage by using a cool wash. Then, when drying, either hang it or dry it on the coolest setting in the tumble dryer.
- Hate ironing? Of course you do! Lessen the need to iron either by using “ironing balls” in your tumble dryer, or by drying on a longer and cooler cycle so that wrinkles don’t get “tumbled” into your clothes. As soon as the clothes are dry, hang them or fold them so that wrinkles don’t get chance to join the party.
- Keep your delicates, well, delicate, by popping them in a mesh bag and washing on the coolest possible cycle. Don’t just throw them in with everything else.
- Using too much detergent will just result in a soapy mess. Those suds can trap dirt and actually embed them in the clothes. It’s not always a case of more soap = cleaner clothes. Just use the minimum amount and don’t fill the cap to the brim every time you wash.
- Never, ever, ever use conditioner to wash your towels. It takes away all the softness, by, ironically, softening the fibres, which flattens them and means that the towels feel less fluffy.
- As soon as a stain appears, whip off the offending item of clothing, pretreat it with a stain remover and pop it on a cool wash right away. The longer you leave it, the more embedded it’ll get. If the stain is still there, repeat the cycle.
- When using sheets that catch running colours in your laundry, keep an eye and make sure that they don’t get stuck in any pipework – they easily slip down drains and into pipes which means that your washing machine won’t wash properly.
Source: The Nest