A frayed button hole here, a shrunken jumper there and at least three socks…. absolutely nowhere to be found.
Annoying mishaps like these can happen to anyone. But don’t worry – they’re usually the result of improper washing machine etiquette, and we’re here to help!
Below, we’ll list the top 5 laundry mistakes you’re probably making, along with simple fixes.
1. Add water before detergent
For those of us with front-loading washing machines, this little tip doesn’t apply. But for those with top-loading machines, it can make all the difference.
Fairly common laundry procedure is to add dirty clothes, pour in detergent and turn the machine on to fill it with water. But with this order, the detergent will oversaturate a section of your laundry and improperly clean the rest.
Instead, try the following: first, add your dirty clothes, then turn your machine on to fill with water. When the drum is almost full, add your detergent.
By waiting to add your detergent until after the water, you give you clothes a better chance of an even, quality cleaning. The detergent mixes directly with the water and is used effectively for the entire load.
2. Zip it up
From jeans to jackets, zippers are everywhere. And while it may seem sensible to leave them unzipped in the wash, you run the risk of the zipper teeth snagging and damaging more delicate items.
When you close your zippers, you ensure that you won’t inadvertently damage other items of clothing in the same cycle.
3. Unbutton those button downs
It’s the end of a long day, you’re tired and the last thing you want to do it is unbutton your entire shirt. So, instead, you take the easy route: pull it over your head and throw it in the laundry bin.
While it may seem fine to wash your shirt buttoned-up, the truth isn’t on your side.
When you leave your shirts buttoned-up in the wash, you run the risk of stressing the threads and buttonholes during the cycle, which can lead to premature deterioration.
So take a few more seconds out of your day and make sure all your shirts are fully unbuttoned before adding them to your washing load.
You’ll thank yourself later.
4. Keep your socks safe
Socks are always disappearing. Everyone has some version of the ‘sad single socks’ collection. Where do they go? We don’t always know.
But we do know there’s a smarter way to keep your socks safe in the wash: a garment bag.
The perfect solution for washing socks, underwear and other small items, you can buy these mesh bags online or in a local shop.
Gone are the days of wearing mismatched socks to the office – unless, of course, that’s your thing.
5. Respect the ‘dry clean only’ tag
Though it may be irritating to locate your tag and see the dreaded ‘dry clean only’ symbol, it is there for a good reason.
High-quality clothing requires high-quality care. It’s just logical.
Every time you place ‘dry clean only’ items in a regular washing load, you toss a coin as to how they will turn out. Fabrics like wool, silk, lace and velvet can shrink and deteriorate when faced with the vigour and temperature of a normal washing machine.
Dry cleaning is a gentler, safer way to clean your clothing. All it takes is one forever-ruined favourite jumper, and you’ll swiftly realise it’s well worth the extra effort.
But this realisation doesn’t make going to the dry cleaners any easier or more fun. That’s where we come in!
Just gather up your ‘dry clean only’ items, and we’ll come to your door to pick them up, clean and return them.
With all five mistakes addressed, we hope you’ve learned something new and use it to tackle your laundry and dry cleaning with newfound confidence.