Have you ever wondered why your laundry sometimes goes wrong and despite your best intentions, you end up with streaks of black on your light coloured clothes or woollen garments which never get back into shape? Well, today on The Laundry Basket, here’s a look at what you may be doing wrong.
- Putting clothes in an empty basin before adding water. Yeah, I’ve been guilty of this, but here’s why this is wrong. The force of the water hitting fabrics can cause stress, and detergent can be more difficult to rinse out when poured directly onto clothing. So what should you do? Fill your basin with water and as it is filling, add detergent. Swish the detergent in the water to be sure it’s completely dissolved, then lay your garment in the water and fully immerse it.
- Fighting your clothes. Aggressive scrubbing can damage fabrics, especially fragile ones. Treat stains by gently working some laundry detergent (like the new improved Sunlight 2 in 1) into the stain with your fingertips.
- Squeezing the life out of clothes. This is a huge mistake with delicates and fabrics that stretch. Twisting and tightly wringing wet, delicate fabrics is a sure fire recipe for damage. A better way to remove excess moisture is to carefully lift your garment out of the rinse water with both hands and gently squeeze out as much as you can.
- Hanging clothes to dry. This traditional method is alright for cotton and linen, to prevent delicates, especially knits, from stretching out of shape, always lay them flat to dry.