Let’s be honest, laundry is no one’s favourite chore. It can be tedious and time-consuming – not to mention labour intensive.
But, with a few tips and tricks up your sleeve, it doesn’t have to be an absolute nightmare.
Stay tuned for our top 5 laundry do’s and don’ts that will make your chores a breeze.
1. Do: Separate colours
This is an age-old bit of advice and, though often seen as old-fashioned, you ignore at your own risk.
Of course, there’s a chance nothing will go awry if you wash your whites with your colours.
But, some changes happen incrementally – what was once sparkling white or deep burgundy will fade and lose its brilliance when washed with assorted colours.
So, if you want to ensure that your whites and colours remain bright, take the time to separate and wash them in different loads with modified washing machine settings.
2. Don’t: Wash bras & underwear with other clothes
Remember – your undergarments are often made with more delicate fabric than regular clothing. Composed of lace, silk and detailed stitching, washing your underwear & bras with everyday clothing will be too harsh for the material.
Best practice is to buy a mesh garment bag, which will function as a net to hold in all your delicates. By separating and retaining them safely inside the mesh bag, you eliminate the risk of your bra catching on the inside of the washing machine drum and snagging.
3. Do: Pretreat stains
Nothing is more irritating than spilling coffee and staining your freshly laundered clothing. But it doesn’t have to be the end of the world, especially when you have methods to pretreat stains.
From baking soda to milk to lemon juice, there are a variety of things that can be used to remove particular stains on specific fabrics.
The key is to do your research and stock up on the materials needed.
4. Don’t: Use bar soap to clean stains
Though it may be tempting to grab a bar of soap and start scrubbing, its chalky consistency and harsh ingredients will often do more harm than good.
Scrubbing also serves to spread and set stains into the fabric.
Instead, gently remove with laundry detergent or soak to lift the stain over time.
5. Do: Use Salt to Halt Fading
Want to keep your colours bright? Add a teaspoon of salt to your washing machine to help stop fading.
Of course, there are detergents you can buy to specifically address the issue of fading in clothing, but this old-timey trick can do wonders when you’re in a tough spot.
We hope you enjoyed our top 5 laundry do’s and don’ts. Let us know if you have any handy tricks you use at home to share!