Oh the wonderful world of laundry! Who doesn’t love it? OK, let’s be honest, most of us can’t stand doing laundry. However, like it or not, laundry is a part of having clothes. However, if you hope for your clothes to last, you need to know the best guidelines that will help you stay on top of your laundry game. Here are the five golden rules of clothes washing that you should know.
Read The Tag
There’s a reason why garments come with a tag— it has instructions on it! Instead of merely throwing your clothes in the washer and calling it a day, make sure that you understand each garment’s unique watching instructions.
Some clothes should be washed at a higher temperature, while other clothes should be taken to a professional dry cleaner. Make sure that you understand how to care for each clothing item so that you avoid the horror of ruining one of your favorite outfits. It’s as simple as reading the tag, and following the instructions.
Don’t Overdo it On The Detergent
While detergent can be extremely helpful for getting your clothes clean and smelling fresh, too much of it can start to take its toll on fabric. Don’t go overboard when adding detergent to your machine. Measure accurately, and only put in as much as you need. Your clothes won’t just thank you for this, but also your washing machine. A little goes a long way!
If you hope to remove a stain effectively, it’s important that you pre-treat it before putting it in the machine. Place a small amount of stain remover on the stained area, and let it soak for a while. Make sure that you rub it as this will help the garment soak up the stain remover more effectively.
There are some things which are much more practical to dry in the dryer, like towels or jeans. However, air drying is the best way to ensure that your clothes stand the test of time.
The dryer absolutely fries your clothes, so you’re better off hanging them outside on a sunny day. During the colder or rainy months, consider setting up a drying rack inside next to a source of heat. Not only will this save you significant bucks on your energy level, but you’ll experience less shrinkage, and your clothes will last much longer.
If you want your whites to stay bright white, and your colors to say vivid, then you have to separate your loads. Mixing in whites with darks is going to lead to color transfer, and a duller appearance in the fabric.
Ultimately, separating colors may lead to having to do more loads of laundry, but in the long run you’ll find your clothes will thank you for it.