- Doubtlessly, nothing could be less demanding than cleaning your dirty clothing with a washing machine. Be that as it may, using a washing machine also comes with its own disadvantages and in this article, I’ve made a list of common washing mistakes that reduce the durability of our clothes.
1. Overly high water temperature
Your clothes will keep their shape and colour better and wear out slower if you wash them at lower temperatures. Besides, warm or cool water can cope with dirt just as well as hot water if you have a good washing machine and detergent.
2. Don’t load the washing machine with heavily stained clothes
Heavily soiled items should be presoaked, and stained clothes should be carefully washed by hand or treated with a stain remover before putting them into the washing machine. Otherwise, the dirt might not come off properly. Instead of a stain remover, you can use alternative means and lemon juice is a good cleansing agent for sweat stains; a mixture of vinegar and liquid detergent can also remove traces of grass; wine stains will vanish after applying a mixture of water and baking soda in a 3:1 ratio.
3. Using softener for all types of clothes
Besides softeners making the fabric more velvety, linen softener facilitates ironing. However, it also reduces fabric absorbency over time, so you’d better not use it for washing towels, sportswear, or other items made from microfiber, elastane, or spandex.
4. Too much detergent or softener
A surplus of detergent can clog the detergent container and cause an unpleasant smell, and too much softener makes clothes less easy to rinse. Carefully read the dosages indicated on the packaging and don’t forget to use the measuring cup. If your things are really filthy, use the pre-wash mode or run 2 cycles.
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5. Machine washing lingerie
With automatic washing, bras quickly stretch and lose their shape, so it’s best to wash them by hand. The same applies to lace lingerie and swimsuits.