The way you wash your clothes by hand is identical to what a machine does during a wash cycle! Follow these 7 hand washing steps to ensure your clothes are just as bright and white after a hand wash as they would be in a machine. Read on to find out how to wash by hand.
- Decide whether your clothes need to be hand washed. Remember that clothes that say “Dry Clean Only” can generally be hand washed as well. Washing with hands also does wonders for delicate and expensive clothing, especially office wear. If you have spot stains, you can remove them effectively to return the brightness of your clothes by hand washing with a Rin Bar.
- Load separation. Once you decide to hand wash laundry, begin by separating clothes according to whites, colours, darks, and dirties. We recommend including delicates in the whites wash because the warmer temperatures are more effective as removing the oils that come with having close contact to our skin.
- Treat stains first. If any clothes need special treatment, such as collars, cuffs, or armpits, use spot treatment to give it extra attention. Use lukewarm or cold water for organic stains, while warm or hot water works best for dirt and oils. The Rin Bar is great for scrubbing and giving the areas a dose of concentrated detergent at the same time. For white clothes, add a bleach like Rin Ala to water followed by some soaking for 20-30 minutes. Rinse the clothes and wash with Rin Detergent for better results.
- Master the art of washing in a tub or sink. Fill your sink or tub with water and add Rin Powder. The temperature of the water you use should reflect what items you plan on washing. In general, choose warm or hot water for white items, and cool water for darker ones. If in doubt, read the instructions on the label of your detergent, or the washing instructions on the articles of clothing itself.
- Soak & scrub. Place garments in soapy water and soak for 10-15 minutes. In most cases, the dirt and oils you want to wash away will be lifted in about 5 minutes, so there is no need to leave your clothes to soak for an excessive amount of time, especially when using a detergent like Rin. Then, knead or swish the items in the water, just like a machine would! Lightly agitating the clothes will allow the dirt and oils to wash away from the clothes and into the dirty water.
- Rinse with clean water. Drain the tub with the clothes still in it, and refill with clean water. Swish the clothes around again to rinse this time, and make sure all the items are loose. If any items are twisted or trapped, give them an extra swirl to ensure they won’t have any detergent residue.
- Squeeze excess water and dry delicates flat. Gently squeeze excess water from garments as you take them out of the rinse bucket. Try to avoid twisting or otherwise stretching the fabrics as this could result in misshapen clothes! Take special care with delicate items, taking them out of the wash separately and allow them to dry flat.
There you have it! All that’s left to do is finish drying – so with delicate items aside, follow the drying instructions on the care label. In general, the best option is to hang them over a clothesline or on hangers. If you dry your clothes outside in the sun, turn coloured and dark items inside out to avoid sun bleaching. In the case of whites, leaving them in the sun can actually increase their brightness. Use your best judgement!
The next time you’re wondering how to wash laundry by hand, simply refer to these 7 hand washing steps and wear your bright and white clothes with confidence!