Keeping your clothes looking brand new is a tough job. There is the occasional snag on your blouse or shirt that might ruin them. Or there is the coffee spill or stains from like ketchup, mustard, doughnuts. They may ruin your favourite jeans or your favourite sweater, but the thing that affects the looks of your clothes more than any other feature is the way you wash your clothes.
If you think about it, you will realize that your washing machine and dryer have ruined more of your clothes than anything else. You have had to face the shrinkage of your garments and washing your favourite dry clean only blouse. These are the most common factors that affect your clothes and damage their looks. With problems like these, you need a surefire way of cleaning your clothes.
Here we are sharing some ways that you can keep your clothes neat and clean and looking great just by taking them to the laundry. Some of these tips are obvious and some not so much, but if you follow them exactly, your clothes will stay better looking, and you will extend their lifetime.
So, without further ado, here’s how you can achieve this:
Pick the right washer setting
It doesn’t matter if you are washing the most expensive dress you have, or it’s your everyday wear jeans or a skirt and blouse, you need to wash them at the slowest speed. Harsh settings are not good for your clothes. Sometimes we make the mistake of giving importance to our partywear clothes and not so much for our everyday wear clothes. It will take some time, but you have to select the least harsh settings for all of your clothes. There could be different labels for it like delicate, gentle, or hand wash, among others.
Harsh settings can inflict a lot of damage to your clothes, and there could be a lot of wear and tear. And this is especially so for all of your delicate fabrics. If you wash your clothes on the lowest setting, you can even wash your dry clean only clothes comfortably.
For sturdier clothes like jeans or the clothes that you are not too worried about like your pj’s, you can choose the normal or middle setting on the machine. Just make sure that you know what the labels on the clothing say.
Buy some mesh laundry bags
For those of you who are extra careful of your delicates and your soft fabrics, here is another way to make sure that they stay safe and have a longer life. Buy some mesh bags and put all your delicates in them to protect them from all types of damage and wear and tear. If you don’t already own mesh bags, then you can easily purchase them online, or you can go to your nearest superstore. Place all your delicates inside the bag and put them in the washer. And this will ensure that you don’t have to worry about snags, rips, or tangled clothes.
Wash clothes inside out
It is one of the simplest and most useful tips that we can give you to keep your clothes protected. A lot of people don’t know about this tip even though it’s a no brainer. All you have to do is to turn all your clothes inside out before you put them in the washer. The spin cycle of the washer can damage your clothes, and they can face a lot of wear and tear due to this. Turning them inside out will ensure that whatever damage there is, it will be faced by the insides of your clothes. That means the outside of your clothes will be saved from the brunt of the damage. Another benefit is if your clothes have beads, sequins, buttons, or other embellishments, washing your clothes inside out will ensure that they don’t come loose or fall off.
Choose the right detergent
All laundry detergents are not the same. Most of us don’t have a specific detergent for different types of clothes. We prefer to use the same one for every one of our items. The truth is that there are a few detergents that can keep colour from fading and prevent shrinkage. There are special detergents for delicate fabrics. One more thing that you have to consider is that powder detergents are harsher on clothes as compared to liquid ones. What you need to do is to do your research on the best type of detergent. Go online and read the reviews that people leave on websites as well as social media channels. And this will help you pick out the right one for you. There might be a little trial and error involved, but not a lot if you have done your research properly.
Always use cold water
Hot or warm water can cause shrinkage to natural fabrics like cotton, wool, linen. Washing your clothes in cold water can extend their life as well as keep their colours from fading. Not only that, but it will also save your money and the environment as you very well know that heating water takes energy.
If you follow these instructions, you can rest assured that your new clothes will look new for a longer time and that their life will be extended. Enjoy them more and wear them proudly. However, we understand that laundry isn’t everyone’s forte so visiting a laundromat can be an eco-friendly and effective way to getting your clothes fresh.