How to wash clothes

How to protect your clothes during washing

We walk around shopping malls visiting many stores in search of that one ideal dress. After a long search, we finally find the outfit with the dreamed-of style and colour. Unfortunately, sometimes we are satisfied with the dress only until the first few washes. Then, with disappointment we discover that vivid colour slightly faded and the fabric stretched. How to deal with similar situations in the future? Follow our practical advice on how to protect your clothes during washing.

The look of our clothes very much depends on how we wash them. Incorrectly selected wash temperature, detergent type or wash cycle may damage your favourite clothes. If you have ever noticed that some items have shrunk, the other stretched, dyed or felt after washing, it is a sign that most likely the wash parameters were incorrectly selected. So what to do to avoid unpleasant surprises? How to wash so our clothes retain their beautiful look?

First of all: sort

The basis for effective washing is the right sorting. Traditionally, dirty clothes are divided into coloured and whites. At this point it is worth considering whether or not it is better to have several separate washes instead of throwing everything together into the wash drum – for example – red and blue blouses that after all can be dyed. So how should we sort our clothes? Pay attention to the type of fabric, manufacturer’s instructions regarding the maximum wash temperature (usually given on a care label), its colour and how dirty it is. For example, we can divide our laundry into cloths that are bright and delicate, black and soft, dark and heavily soiled. Another group may be clothes of intense colours. But we have to remember to separate the most contrasting colours from each other. Following this rule, we can wash together clothes that are red, purple and orange or dark blue and purple or green and turquoise, provided that they do not bleed dye too much.

Dose responsibly

Unfortunately, as it turns out, we often have problems with proper dosing of washing powders. But the experts warn that overdosing detergents can contribute to damaging fabrics through degradation of the fibres, which in turn leads to throwing out our favourite clothes. That is why it is important to carefully read and always observe the washing powder manufacturer’s instructions.

Select correct temperature

Always check the fabric’s care label for the maximum allowable wash temperature. If you choose to wash your clothes at higher temperature, you can be sure that they will become damaged faster. However, not always we have to wash at the highest possible temperatures. If you just want to refresh your clothes that are not dirty, you should not exceed the temperature of 30-40 degrees Celsius. Cotton whites are the exception as they can be washed even at 90 degrees Celsius.

Caring for clothes

What else should we keep in mind when doing washing? First of all, we should not load to many things many things into the washing machine because they will not wash properly and may crease. This is particularly important when setting the wash cycle for black clothes, during which the speed of wash cycle is much lower. Modern washing machines also have special programs for delicate fabrics. For example, we can select the hand wash, which is often a better solution for our clothes than washing in a bowl and hand wringing clothes. Additionally, we should consider having special laundry bags – we can use them for underwear or tights. This ensures that clasp or zipper will not damage delicate tights. It is also important to wash jeans and black tops inside out, so they will longer retain their intense colours.

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