Laundry Myths: Fact or Fiction?

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Have you ever heard a statement so outlandish, you just had to think ‘There’s no way that’s true.’

For example, humans don’t have kneecaps until they’re three years old. Also, an 18-inch pizza is actually bigger than two 12-inch pizzas.

If either of those facts made you silently shake your head in wonder or sadness, we’re sorry to say – they’re both true!

What is fact and what is fiction can become easily blurred in today’s highly digital world. Things are shared and circulated around the internet, and therefore the globe, at a speed so rapid, it’s often frightening.

So, let’s spend some time exploring the most popular laundry and dry cleaning myths to separate the fact from the fiction once and for all!

1. Use coffee grounds to keep your black clothing dark


Status: Fiction

Sure, coffee was used to very gently dye clothing in centuries past, but it won’t darken today’s black clothes if you add it to your rinse cycle.

Though, you would smell amazing.

2. The more detergent the better


Status: Fiction

While it may feel like adding more laundry detergent would make your clothes cleaner, it actually has a negative effect on your fabric.

Too much detergent in the drum will stick to the fabric of your clothing, which in turn will make it easier to gather germs and bacteria during use.

In reality, it’s best to use about half to three-fourths the recommended amount of detergent. This way, your clothes are cleaned without worrying about residual detergent.

3. You should wash your jeans every few months


Status: Fact

Though it may seem a little crazy, you should only wash your jeans every few months. Frequent washes will damage the integrity of the fabric, making them unwearable after a certain amount of time.

If you really want to treat your jeans right, you’ll hand wash them as well.

Best practice? Fill a tub with lukewarm water, stick your jeans in, let them soak until the water is cold, then hang them up. All done!

4. Use hair spray to get rid of ink stains


Status: Fiction

This particular piece of advice dates back to the 1950s. It was common knowledge that if your pen burst in your shirt pocket or you absentmindedly drew some patterns on your slacks, you could use hairspray to remove the stain.

However, the formula for hairspray has evolved over the years, and the ingredient that might actually help dislodge ink – alcohol – is no longer on the list.

Therefore, using modern hairspray on ink will simply set the stain into the fabric, making it more difficult to remove later.

5. You should clean your washing machine


Status: Fact

This one is definitely a fact! Think of all the dirt and germs that come off of your clothing. While some of this is washed away with the water, a certain amount sticks to the inside of the drum.

Therefore, you need to take advantage of the ‘Self-cleaning’ setting on a semi-regular basis.

While there will always be more laundry & dry cleaning myths to dispell, we hope you enjoyed learning something new in this post!

So remember – stop washing your jeans so often and, please, don’t hairspray your ink stains.


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