Managing laundry is a
hassle for mothers. Follow these smart washing machine tips so that you can
deal with huge laundry piles with an ease.
is technically a pretty easy job, but you have to be careful for your clothes.
Different garments have different fabric, and you cannot wash all of them in
the same method. You have to take different care for different clothes. Making
mistakes can not only spoil your time and energy, but can also spoil your
clothes. Here are few washing
machine tips for the moms.
Before you dump all your
clothes in the washing machine, do you sort
your laundry? If not, you must do it now. Separate delicate fabrics
that need a gentle cycle as tough fabrics need heavier cycle. Sort the white
clothes from colourful clothes; also, separate the pastel-colour clothes from
the dark colour ones. Remember, soil can travel from one garment to another, so
you must wash soiled garments separately.
Treat the Tough Stains
If you handle the stains
carefully before putting the clothes in the machine, you can definitely get rid
of them. You should rinse stains in cold water as soon as possible before they
get a chance to set, then you can put the clothes
in the machine. Avoid hot water as they have a tendency to set the stain. Again
as mentioned before, different fabrics need different care. Removing stains
from silk, wool, etc. require special care, while stains from washable fabrics
like cotton, linen, etc. are easy to deal with. Never rub the stains as they
spread if you do that.
Choose the Right Temperature for the
Water in the Machine
(20 Degrees Celsius) is needed for fabrics that have a tendency to shrink or fade in
warm water. These are mostly recommended for wash-and-wear items, and also for
dark and black colours. Warm temperature (35 Degrees Celsius) is needed for
permanent press items, which includes light to medium colours. Hot temperature
(55 Degrees Celsius) is recommended for clothes that can stand hot water without
shrinking and decolourising itself. Mostly, the care labels at the back or
inner side of your clothes will notify you what is the recommended wash
temperature for them.
Dissolve the Detergent Before You Use
You should always dissolve the
detergent nicely before you use it for laundry or add detergent to the wash
water and run your machine for a few minutes before you dump in the clothes.
Otherwise you have to deal with detergent residue. The un-dissolved detergents
not distributed by water agitating in the wash load, which leads to formation
of lumps of powdered detergent. Get the detergent dissolved nicely before you
Soaking the Clothes
Always follow the
manufacturer’s instructions for soaking delicate fabrics. Soak the dark clothes
separately from the white ones, the delicate ones separately from the heavy
ones, and the soiled ones separately as well. Avoid using chlorine bleach while
soaking as different fabrics react to it differently. Do not soak leather for
more than an hour to prevent discolouration. Soak the entire clothes for a
better result, and not a part of the clothes. Avoid soaking multicoloured
clothes or clothes that are colour-fast.
While using the
washing machine, few things you must keep in a list of don’ts. Do not overload
your machine, do not use too little or too much detergent
while washing, do not stick to the same cycles and settings of your washing
machine, do not forget to flush out the dispensers, and do not forget replacing
the rubber hoses with braided ones. This is how you can keep your machine
working happily for you and keep your whites nice and bright, and colours and
dark colours vibrant.
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