It is believed that the first electric washing machine was created in 1907, ever since that day the machines available have improved to reach the standards we expect from a modern machine.
But, despite the technological advancements, washing your clothes and other garments is still a difficult process and one that many of us make mistakes when doing! Fortunately, you can discover and rectify the 12 most common laundry mistakes here!
As a point of interest you light like to know that completing your laundry actually releases microscopic fibers into the environment.
There are many different types of detergent available, you choose the one you like the most and that seems most effective. There isn’t a right or wrong detergent but there are plenty that are better in tune with the environment and promote fabric care.
But more important is the amount of detergent you use. Excess suds get caught in clothes and not rinsed, leaving them dirty in places! Follow the instructions on the package to get this right.
Always fill your washing machines with clothes before you add the detergent, this helps it spread evenly. If you have a top loader, you should do clothes, water then detergent.
It stands to reason that an overloaded dryer will cause an erratic spin cycle, diminishing the effects of the water and detergent, it just won’t be able to wash the clothes effectively.
If the label says dry-clean only then don’t put it in your washing machine, no matter how tempting it is.
- Zip It Up
Failing to zip up jeans and other garments increases the chances of garments getting caught in the zips and damaged. Zip everything up before you wash it.
- Stain scrubbing
It’s easy to think that the harder you scrub a stain the more of it you’ll get out. In fact you’ll be pushing the dirt deeper into the fabric and potentially damaging the top layer of your clothes. Just dab the stain and let the machine do its job.
- Buttoning up
While zips should be up buttons should always be undone. This is to stop them getting stressed and increasing the likelihood of them coming off.
- Leveling Out
An uneven washing machine will vibrate, potentially damaging your floor and unbalancing the load. This will prevent the machine from ding its job properly.
It will also cause the parts to wear out quicker, shortening the life of your machine.
- Socking It To Them
Socks should be put into the machine first. It’s fine for them to be separate but this will decrease the chances of them getting caught up in your other items and preventing them from being washed effectively.
- Filter clean
You might be surprised at what items and dirt can collect at your filter. The more often you remove it and clean it the better, this prevents this dirt from getting back on your clothes and allows the filter to work efficiently.
- Resting Time
A common belief is that it’s good to let your machine rest between loads. It’s a machine, it doesn’t need to! Plus, not allowing it to rest will make it more efficient as the residual heat will still be present.
Bleach can seriously damage any item in your machine. It is best not to use it at all; stains can be removed with a pan of boiling water, some lemon slices and 5 minutes of your time while they simmer.