Washing your clothes the right way can have a huge impact on their life. For example, if you use hot water to wash your silk saree, it may end up ruining the smooth finish of your saree. To preserve the colour, shape and brightness of your garments, using the right temperature of the water and suitable method of washing is important. Read on to know how to wash clothes by hand and some useful points to remember while washing clothes in machine.
Before you start washing clothes, you must take these necessary steps to get the best results.
There are two main points you should keep in mind while sorting your laundry: fabric and colour. You should make piles based on the colour of your garment and the fabric. Light and dark coloured clothing should never be washed together. Some fabrics, like denim, need more scrubbing and pressure. This may be disastrous for delicate fabrics like cashmere. So, it is important to sort your laundry as per the fabric. If you want the best returns on your investment in clothes, always follow the wash care label instructions. Some clothing items may need dry clean only while some may need hand washing in the water at a particular temperature. Read the care label to provide the best care to your clothes.
It is very important to check if your clothing items are colourfast. One of the easiest ways to prevent the problem of colour transfer during the wash is to run a colour bleeding test. To test, dampen a cotton swab and rub it on the insides of your clothing item. If the swab stays white, you can be assured that the colour won’t run during the wash.
It is very important to unbutton the shirts before washing them. If you fail to do so, you may have to deal with ripped buttonholes in your shirt. Also, fasten the zippers of your jeans and dresses. It may seem basic, but perhaps it is one of the most important pre-washing steps. Check to see if all the pockets in your jeans/dresses are empty. Coins and buttons spilling out from the pocket can damage your machine drum and cause unnecessary repair expense.
Do not put your garment for wash without treating the stains. Remember, the earlier you treat the stains, the easier it will be to get rid of. Washing and drying your stained garment without treating the stains will result in the stain setting in more firmly in the fabric of your garment.
How to Wash Clothes
Ingredients to keep handy
a) Laundry detergent
b) Fabric softener
c) Clothes brush