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6 Mistakes to Avoid When Washing Clothes

Are you washing your clothes properly? Here are common mistakes that you can avoid when doing the laundry


Doing the laundry is an exhausting and time-consuming task. Oftentimes, you just toss used clothes inside the washing machine, pour some detergent, and let it spin. However, there are (important) little details that are usually forgotten when washing clothes.

These little details, when not addressed, often affect your clothes' quality which then leads to damage. Take note of these common mistakes for a more efficient washing. 

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Take note of these mistakes and handy hints:

Disregarding the label

Before washing your clothes, make sure you double check the label. It usually specifies the type of washing that's needed for the material like machine wash only, dry clean only, and do not iron, to name a few. These hints can help you wash and take care of your clothes properly. Click here to learn more.

RL Tip: Garments made from wool and silk should only be dry cleaned and not machine washed.

Pouring too much detergent

Using too much detergent or even bleach can not only harm your clothes but also your washing machine. Check the label of your detergent and read about the recommended usage. There are also certain products that shouldn't be used at full-strength. Check the product label to see if you need to dilute it first. 

Sorting only by color

Of course, you should sort your used clothes into two piles: whites and colored ones. As an extra hint, you should also consider sorting it by fabric type. Mixing items made from different fabrics might result to snags and pulls which then lead to damage.

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Loading too much clothes inside the washing machine

Yes, loading your machine with all your clothes would be much easier. However, this might affect the machine’s motor and cause it to break down. Make sure you follow the recommended load as specified in the manual. Click here for more washing machine maintenance tips.

Prolonging stains

Remove stains quickly! Remember, the fresher the stain, the easier to remove it! If you accidentally spilled coffee on your shirt, flush the affected area with white vinegar then soak it in bleach (if necessary). If you notice ballpen ink scratches, remove it by gently dabbing the area with wet tissue paper and rubbing alcohol. Click here to learn more about removing stains

Not regularly cleaning your washing machine

Just like other furnishings and appliances in your home, your washing machine needs regular maintenance to effectively clean out the dirt in your clothes. Clean the inner parts of your machine by making a homemade solution made from 3/4 cup of bleach and 1 tablespoon of powdered laundry detergent. Pour the solution carefully to the soak cycle then rinse it out with water.

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