I’ve always been very picky when it comes to my clothes. I want them clean, free from stains, and most of all, I want them fragrant like the scent of lavender. However, it seems that washing alone does not do all the trick.
So, how do I make my clothes clean, stain-free, and smell fantastic?
There are many things to consider in getting clothes clean in the easiest, most efficient way possible. Here are some simple tips that I’d like to share on how to do your laundry like a pro:
- Sort your clothes before washing
Have you ever noticed your white T-shirt turn pink after washing? This means that your clothes are not colorfast. The fabric dye fades easily which could stain your clothes especially, the white ones! That’s why the first order of business before washing clothes is to separate the colored from the whites ones.
Apart from colors, you need to sort clothes according to their fabric material. You can’t wash lace or satin with hard and rough fabrics such as denim or wool as this could damage your delicate garments. Nevertheless, if you want to save time and mix 2 different types of fabric in your machine, using a laundry mesh bag for your delicate ones might fit the bill.
- Use the right setting for your washing machine
The setting of front-load washing machine highly depends on the size of the laundry load. Choosing the right setting is important because it allows your clothes to spin or move freely through the water with a turnover action.
Here’s a quick guide in choosing the right setting:
- For 2-3 lbs. or ¼ of an average basket – small or delicate setting
- For 4-6 lbs. or ½ of an average basket – medium or normal setting
- For 7-10 lbs. or 1 full average basket – large or heavy setting
Once you set the machine, it will automatically be filled with water and you’re good to go.
But, what if you’re using a top-load washing machine without any settings? What if you’re using a washing machine wherein you manually put water? How do you know if you’re using the right amount of water?
Usually, front-load and top-load washing machines use 14-25 gallons of water per load. But of course, you don’t literally take that context and measure water with an empty plastic bottle, right?
Well, it’s not that complicated. There are 2 simple ways to check if you have sufficient amount of water:
First, make sure that the water level is just right above your clothes. If you’re thinking that having a lot of water has more cleaning power, you’re wrong. Clothes won’t rub against each other in all that water and that defeats the purpose of your machine.
Second, check if clothes move freely through water and on top of the water while being turned over. If clothes don’t move freely or get clogged, this could indicate that your water is not enough or your machine might be overloaded.
- Use laundry detergent with fabric conditioner
Same with machine setting, the amount of detergent depends on the size of the laundry load. But even if you use the right amount, it doesn’t always guarantee fresh-smelling clothes.
So, how do you fix this? It’s quite easy. The better solution is to use laundry detergent with fabric conditioner.
Laundry detergent takes care of the cleaning while the fabric conditioner tames the clothes’ texture, making it soft and smooth. Apart from this, fabric conditioners have amazing scents similar to perfumes. From floral, fruity to musky scents, you can choose whatever you prefer but make sure that fragrance should be long-lasting.
- Pre-treat any stains
If your clothes are heavily soiled, you need something that gets rid of the dirt and stain fast without harming your clothes.
When washing white clothes, there is no better stain remover than bleach. You can put it directly on your clothes and stain will dissolve in a matter of minutes. Bleach does not only keep your clothes sparkling white, but it also kills germs trapped on your clothes. However, bleach is the #1 enemy of colored clothes. If you accidentally mix bleach with colored clothes, you might be shocked because it could stain your clothes like a tie-dye.
There’s a different stain remover for colored clothes. Make sure to choose the one that’s chlorine-free.
- Dry your clothes well
You can use either a dryer or just air dry your clothes. It’s okay to take everything out of the dryer while it’s barely dry—not hot. Putting your clothes in a dryer any longer can shrink your clothes and that’s something you don’t want to happen.
Rule of the thumb, do not put clean clothes back to your closet unless they’re completely dry. Damp clothes breed molds or mildews that cause bad odor.
- Clean your machine regularly
If your machine smells bad, you can clean it by running an empty cycle with water. You can add vinegar or baking soda to get rid of the smell, bacteria, and mineral deposits that formed in the tub.
For the final touch, drain your machine and wash the insides with soapy water. Make sure to rinse thoroughly before you air dry.
And there you have it! Laundry is not a difficult thing to do. By following the tips, I can assure that your clothes will always be clean, stain-free and smell fantastic.
Jasmin F. Aldecoa