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Living alone or with family, laundry is a task that we all have to do at some point. While it may seem simple like other chores you do at home, it’s not like that. Even small mistakes in washing clothes can cause issues like colour bleeding, shrinkage, tear, etc. And all of these are enough to ruin garments.
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So, let’s see how you can do it:
To avoid such issues and keep your laundry game on point you must have a lot of information. You should know:
The good part is that we’ve accumulated all of this information right here. So, keep reading if you want to know how to wash clothes or how to do laundry step-by-step without creating laundry disasters.
Before washing clothes you must read the labels. Some labels contain text while some just have signs. While you can easily understand the written information, you might need some help with signs. Find out what they signify. Some common signs can be seen in the image below:
By reading the label you will know exactly what you need to avoid while laundry. You will know which clothes need to be hand-washed, which need to be dry cleaned and which ones can be washed at home. Now, there is a difference between “dry clean” and “dry clean only” labels. You can wash the garments labelled “dry clean” at home with some precautions. However, the latter ones should be sent to professional dry cleaners without thought. Because the manufacturers clearly say a garment needs expert attention when it is marked “dry clean only”. Sometimes labels also tell what water temperature or dry cycle is suitable for a garment.
Generally, labels contain below-listed information for different types of fabrics:
The above-listed instructions may not be the only thing written on the labels. Garments are not necessarily made up of one fabric. For example, a spandex top may have net sleeves, in such cases, the label will have specific instructions for washing, and hence you should always refer to that.
Once you read the labels, you must sort the laundry load on two bases. But before that, you need to have a laundry hamper. Purchase one, if you don’t have it at home. They come in different variants.
Some of them have wheels or handles for easy transportation. So, if you don’t have enough laundry space they would be suitable for you.
You can either buy a big hamper with multiple sections or different hampers separately. To make sorting easier put labels like “hand wash”, “cool water”, and “hot water” on the hampers. This way everyone at your home will be able to sort laundry easily.
Then sort the clothes on the following basis:
Separate all the white and light-coloured clothes from the dark-coloured ones. It is better to re-sort whites from other light-coloured clothes as well. By doing this you will never have to face the issue of colour bleeding.
After separating the load colour-wise, re-sort them on the basis of weight. Put all the heavy-weight clothes away from the light-weight ones.
For example, keep towels, bed sheets, and jeans separately from the t-shirts, dresses, leggings, etc.
Never do the mistake of washing heavily soiled clothes with the whole laundry load. The soil will delve into the other fabrics making them even dirty. This will ruin your effort and you will have to re-wash the clothes.
We recommend you to put your clothes in different laundry hampers/ sections right after you change or leave them for laundry. Creating a pile of laundry and then sorting it is way too time-consuming.
Hey! there is always a super easy way available to get clean clothes.
We recommend you remove stains immediately after they appear on the fabric. If you fail to do so, then pre-treat the stains before putting the whole laundry load in the washer. It will help you in getting rid of stains easily. Also, some tough stains leave their residue even after laundry as they need specific stain removal treatment.
Generally, stain removals like Vanish can work well. Similarly, a tablespoon of vinegar and baking soda mixed together works as a good stain remover too. But as we just mentioned, some stains need very specific stain removers, like:
Cover the stain with a tablespoon of salt and baking soda, then rub it.
Mix a tablespoon of dish wash with 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Dip the stain in this mixture, and blot it.
Sprinkle baby powder or corn starch or baking soda over the stain. Blot it for 2-3 minutes.
Apply white toothpaste to the fabric and rub it until the stain vanishes
Dip the stained area in acetone-based nail paint remover like Lakme nail polish remover. Rub gently until the stain goes away.
Soak the stained area in a mixture of vinegar and warm water. Blot gently. You can also sprinkle protein digester on old bloodstains.
Your laundry detergent impacts your clothes a lot. There are three types of detergents you will find in the market: powder, liquid and pod. Let’s see the pros and cons of each category:
CAUTION: People often think that using more detergent will make their clothes cleaner. That’s not right. Using too much detergent will damage your garments. Because while using an excessive quantity of detergent its residue is often left in the clothes even after laundry which is not good from the perspective of fabric preservation. It is not only bad for clothes but for the washer as well. Hence, only use the prescribed quantity.
Out of all these, liquid detergents are a better option to choose, however, you can pick any of them depending on your convenience.
Here are a few other things you should consider before buying a detergent:
Don’t have time to wash clothes at home? No worries.
Generally, there are three wash cycles in a washing machine: Delicate, normal & permanent.
Close all the zippers, VELCRO & buttons of garments before loading them in the washer. Otherwise, they may get tangled with other garments and tear them. Apart from this turn all your embellished clothes, knitted, textured or corduroy items inside out. To prevent them from being damaged. It is even better to put the embellished clothes in a mesh laundry bag before putting them in the washer. (delicate -heavily used garment) , check pockets.
You should also mesh laundry bags for small clothes such as socks, gloves, babywear, etc. By doing this they will not go missing after laundry.
You can select the right size of the laundry load in some machines. The size of the load is basically the number of clothing pieces you are going to wash. Generally, washing machines have small, medium and large settings for this. If your laundry load is filling one-third of the machine then go for a “small” cycle. If it covers a two-thirds area of the machine then select the “medium” cycle. And if the size goes beyond two-thirds of your washer then you should choose the “large” cycle.
PRO TIP: Do not overload the washer
You should never overload the washer. Leave some space empty. Because the clothes need space to move around inside. If you will cram the washer too full, the dirt will get re-settled in other garments. Your clothes will not be cleaned well. They will lose their finish eventually and look “washed out” or faded.
The most common laundry disasters like colour bleeding and shrinkage can occur while drying laundry too. Thus, it is important to dry your laundry carefully, here is what you can do:
First of all, refer to the labels. If there is any instruction about the drying cycle, then follow it. In general, you should set the dry cycle on low or delicate for embellished and delicate clothes like silk, wool and rayon etc. Whereas, clothes like jeans, bedsheets etc. can be washed on a high dry cycle.
Just like you separated the load while washing, do the same while drying as well. All heavy and light-weighted items should be dried separately. This will prevent shrinkage from clothes.
Before loading the clothes, check the lint trap inside your dryer. Slide the lint trap and gather the leftover lint with your fingers. Then remove it in a trash can. If you will not do this your dryer will be at risk of catching fire.
PRO TIP: If you have some spare time to line-dry your laundry load, prefer this method.
There are various benefits of line drying. It saves energy, time and money. So, if you have space for line drying and ideal weather conditions, go ahead.
Use clothespins or hangers to hang your clothes on a wire. You can also lay the clothes flat on a drying rack. This will prevent dry lines or bumps that may occur when clothes are hung to dry.
Caution: Woollens clothes must be laid on a flat surface while air-drying. Because wool is prone to deformity and your garment may get stretched out due to hanging.
Laundry ends only when the clothes are stored properly in your closet. After drying iron them to remove wrinkles. Always use an ironing board for this purpose. And don’t forget to read the care label to set the ideal temperature of iron. For example, the temperature for cotton clothes will be way different than the ideal temperature for silk clothes.
The other alternative you can use at this stage is steam iron. It is better than traditional iron as it keeps the fibres in place for a longer duration and prevents heat damage. If you only have the normal iron at home, you can send your clothes to a laundry store to get clothes steam-ironed.
After ironing the clothes, fold or hang them as per your preference. And that’s it. Your laundry is done.
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Laundry definitely requires your time and attention but it is not necessarily a difficult task. You can make your laundry day easy and simple by keeping everything you need handy. Then you sort the load properly, choose the right wash cycle, water temperature and detergent, and dry cycle as per different fabrics, you will damage your clothes while washing them. For keeping their finish intact you just have to load the clothes in the washer in the right manner and dry them as instructed above.
Just little details can make you a pro in doing laundry. Follow these steps, and keep reading our blogs for much such information.
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