Transforming Your Washing: Washing clothes in a washer seems like an easy task, but sometimes we end up with unsatisfactory results, such as still-dirty shirts or holes in our favorite T-shirts. Moreover, washing machines can break down for no apparent reason. To save time and money, and to prolong the life of your clothes, try these practical tips.
1. Transforming Your Washing-Utilize the Benefits of Microfiber
Gray lint on dark clothes can be frustrating, but a small microfiber cloth can help you get rid of it. Put the cloth in the drum and start washing. During the drying process, the lint will stick to the cloth, leaving your clothes lint-free.
2. Check the Condition of the Drum
A washing machine that doesn’t work properly can result in holes in your clothes. To check if the machine is the culprit, run a nylon stocking or sock around the inside of the empty drum. If the stocking is not torn, the washing machine is safe to use. If it is torn, call for an engineer.
3. Put a Sponge into the Washer
Pet owners know that animal hair remains on clothes even after washing. To minimize this problem, put a clean dishwashing sponge into the drum with your laundry. The sponge will attract the hair, leaving your clothes hair-free.
4. Use a Laundry Bag for Shoes
Washing sneakers in a washing machine is fine, but it’s best to wash them in a special laundry bag. You can wash them with clothes of the same color and texture, such as thick towels or jeans.
5. Add Mouthwash to the Drum
To clean the drum from bacteria and germs, use mouthwash. Pour it into the empty drum and run one wash cycle. Mouthwash, designed to freshen our breath, can easily remove unpleasant odors from the washing machine drum.
6. Clean the Detergent Drawer
To clean the drawer from dirt and bacteria, add 2 cups of white vinegar and about 20 drops of essential oil to it, then run a wash cycle. Tea tree essential oil, which has antifungal properties, can also be used.
7. Separate Your Clothes
Sorting your clothes by color, texture, and fabric type before washing can help prevent color bleeding, pilling, and damage to delicate fabrics. This can also help your clothes last longer and look better.
8. Use the Right Amount of Detergent
Using too much detergent can leave residue on your clothes while using too little can result in ineffective cleaning. Follow the instructions on the detergent packaging and adjust the amount according to the size of your load and the level of the soil.
9. Choose the Right Water Temperature
Hot water can be effective for removing stains and killing bacteria, but it can also cause shrinkage and damage to some fabrics. Cold water is more gentle on fabrics but may not be as effective for cleaning heavily soiled clothes. Use the appropriate water temperature for your clothes and adjust it based on the level of soil.
10. Don’t Overload the Washer
Overloading the washer can result in poor cleaning and damage to the machine. Leave enough space for the clothes to move around freely and avoid cramming too many clothes into the drum.
11. Use Fabric Softener Sparingly
Fabric softeners can make your clothes feel softer and smell better, but using too much can leave a waxy buildup on your clothes and decrease their absorbency. Use fabric softener sparingly and consider alternatives such as dryer balls, which can help soften clothes without the use of chemicals.
12. Hang Your Clothes to Dry
Air-drying your clothes can help them last longer and save energy. Hang them on a clothesline or drying rack and avoid using a dryer whenever possible. If you do use a dryer, choose the appropriate heat setting and remove the clothes promptly to prevent wrinkles and shrinkage.
By adopting these habits and organizing your household work sensibly, you can make a significant difference in the quality of your laundry.
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