How Do I Machine Wash Delicate Items?
Washing machines are great at washing clothes, but some settings can be too harsh for delicates. Use the machine’s delicate cycle, or, if your machine doesn’t have this option, follow these simple rules:
- As with hand washing, gather items of the same material together for a wash instead of mixing different fibres.
- Only fill the machine halfway – this will help prevent fibres becoming tangled. If your machine has a half load option, it’s best to use it here, as it will reduce the amount of water used, conserving water and saving money.
- Use a cool or lukewarm temperature setting, and a slow spin cycle. High temperatures can shrink some materials, while vigorous spinning can damage materials.
- Use a cold rinse. Some people worry that cold washes won’t get their clothes clean, but as long as you’re using a good quality detergent, there’s no need to be concerned.
- If you have a dryer, don’t be tempted to dry your delicate pieces of clothing in the machine. Instead, allow the delicate items to dry naturally, and away from direct sunlight to prevent bleaching.
Washing silk, wool, and linen doesn’t need to be something you fear, with these tips you can be assured you’re washing your delicate items in the safest way possible. So there’s no need to be put off buying any beautiful, yet delicate garments!
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