Lifestyle Productivity

The DIY laundry guide

Conquer your washing woes with simple and doable laundry tips and tricks.

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.

Defeat stains

  • 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.

By Romeo Coutinho

Rationalist, truth seeker, full time writer, part time dreamer.

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