Washing the clothes flawlessly is a basic life skill. Instead of loading up the washing machine outright, do separate the laundry by colour and texture, select the appropriate wash cycle and know how much detergent to add; these are the primary rules. All of this can be achieved with a little practice and you’ll eventually get the hang of it. Here’s how to begin!
Separate the laundry
Colour and fabric type for each cloth differ which means they mustn’t be washed together! Separate the laundry per its type and here’s how;
- Isolate light & dark shades
Perhaps, the biggest mistake one can make when washing the clothes is mixing all the shades in the wash cycle. Clothes, especially new ones, tend to release dye colour during the cycle that’s collected by the light-shaded fabrics. In the end, you’ll ruin the entire pile of clothes so don’t ever mix bright and dark shades in hot water as well as with white pair.
- Separate by texture or fabric
Much like the colour, laundry must be separated per its fabric material and quality. For instance, you need a powerful and extended wash cycle for denim jeans and heavier fabrics as compared to the lighter and medium materials.
- Read wash care label
Some clothes can only be dry-cleaned while others that are made of wool requires special hand-wash technique and only with detergents and soaps. To protect clothes from damage a washing machine can do, zip-up the clothes having a zipper and turn them inside out before running the wash cycle.
- Set it right
Almost all washing machines have settings based on water temperature such as hot water is preferred for light-shaded clothes and items that are extremely dirty. On the contrary, cold water is for darker clothes especially new ones to prevent excessive colour release. Cotton items must be treated only with cold water or else they would shrink!
There’re settings based on the load size such as small, medium and large. If the dirty laundry fills up one-third of the machine, select small whereas medium for half-full and large for three-quartered full machine respectively! Don’t stuff the machine as you need extra room for water whereas loading it up to the top would present ineffective results.
Determine laundry bleach, detergent & softener
After separating the clothes, put detergent, turn ON the machine and then put the clothes; this is the proper step rather than shoving the pile first. Fill one-third of the machine with water; add some bleach (only if you’re using it), add detergent and dissolve the entire thing. Add the clothes in the last and you’ll eventually see the difference.
- To bleach or not to
If your white clothes are extremely dirty and you need to shine them like new, add some bleach to the laundry but, do note that not all bleaches are for clothes. Carefully read the product label to be extra safe!
Chlorine bleach give best results on white clothes made of cotton and linen. Don’t ever use this bleach on coloured fabrics or else it would be ruined entirely! All-fabric bleach is tailored for chlorine-sensitive and coloured clothes.
When washing the clothes in a machine, be sure to follow the appropriate steps as outlined above.