If you use a washing machine, chances are you’re doing most things correctly. But there’s no way to be sure, until you’ve read these instructions.
Prep your laundry load
- Unbutton shirts, zip up trousers, fasten hooks, unroll cuffs.
- Check pockets for coins, keys and objects not intended for washing.
Learn laundry symbols
- Read laundry symbols printed on wash care tags of garments so you know when to use a hot or cold wash, which garments to tumble dry or flat dry.
Club the socks
- Use a separate mesh bag for each person’s socks, or stuff them into use a pillow cover if it’s included in your laundry.
Keep it separate
- Wash light and dark colours separately.
- Separate heavy and durable items like towels and bedsheets so they don’t damage lighter and finer garments.
- Wash very soiled, greasy and stained garments separately on a longer cycle or give them a hot wash.
- Don’t mix lingerie, and garments with lace and embroidery with those having hooks, rivets, zips and metal adornments.
- To treat coffee, tea and sweat stains before washing, pour detergent directly over the stain and gently rub the fabric together.
- For tough stains like oil or blood, pre-soak garments for 30 minutes before washing.
- To prevent new clothes from bleeding colour or brighten faded colours, add a few teaspoons of salt to the wash cycle.
Load the washer correctly
- For a top load washer, don’t load clothes above the agitator.
- For a front load washer, leave a few inches or enough to fit your hand between the top of the load and the wall of the drum.