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How to Wash Clothes the Right Way to Make Them Last Longer

Knowing how to wash your clothes the right way is vital. Here are some tips to help you clean your clothes effectively and efficiently.

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Washing your clothes the right way can have a huge positive impact on their life. For example, if you use hot water to wash your silk scarves or shirts, it may end up ruining their smooth finish. Sayang lang diba? To preserve the color, shape and brightness of your garments, using the right water temperature 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 the machine. Laba o makina, ligtas! Pre-Washing Tips: 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 organizing or sorting your laundry: fabric and color. You should make piles based on the color of your garment and the fabric. Light and dark colored clothing should never be washed together. Iwas hawa dapat.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. Here you will notice that some clothing items may need dry clean only while others need hand washing in 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 colorfast. One of the easiest ways to prevent the problem of color transfer during the wash is to run a color 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 color 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 and make sure 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 expenses.

Do not wash your garment without first treating the stains.R emember, 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. Mahirap na after that.

How to Wash Clothes

Method 1: Using A Washing Machine

  1. Know What Temperature to Select

    Washing machines have different water temperature settings. Some fabrics need to be washed in hot water while other fabrics need to be washed in cold water. You must decide the temperature of the water, based on the color and fabric of your clothing items.

    Light colored clothes and whites that have been heavily stained should be washed in hot water. The heat will lift the stains off the fabric. Dark colored clothes and cotton clothes should be washed in cold water.

  2. Know What Load Size to Select

    Do not try to stuff your machine drum with all your laundry at once. You can always run another wash cycle. Avoid siksikan, because cramming your machine will affect its performance.

  3. Know What Cycle to Select

    As is the case with water temperature, different fabrics obviously need different wash cycles.

    Select the normal wash cycle for your regular and white clothes. And select a gentle wash cycle for your delicate underwear and clothes made from fine fabrics like lace, wool etc. Also, always fasten the zips and unbutton the buttons before loading them into the machine. Otherwise, the garment can get stretched and misshapen, at mag-iiba ang hugis.

  4. Know What Washing Fluid to Use

    Depending on the fabric of your clothes and load level of your mix, you must add a suitable washing fluid. There are 3 main types of washing fluids: Detergent, Bleaching Agents, and Fabric Softener. Whichever fluid you choose, always check the pack to understand correct usage instructions.

    For washing your colored clothes, we recommend Breeze Liquid Detergent as it is specially formulated for washing machines. It leaves no residue (like powders do) because it is a liquid that dissolves completely in water. It also helps maintain your washing machine’s life. Check the package label to understand correct usage instructions.

    We suggest you add a fabric conditioner during the rinse cycle. You can use Comfort Care Fabric Conditioner. This fabric conditioner softens the clothes and keeps clothes new for longer.

  5. Dry Your Clothes

    Some clothes need to be air-dried. For others, you can use the machine dryer. Use the heavy setting for white clothes and delicate for finer mas delikado fabrics.

Method 2: Hand Washing Clothes

  1. Sort and Organize Your Laundry

    Sort your clothes by color, separating the darks and lights to be washed in two separate batches.

  2. Grab a Balde or Bucket

    Fill a bucket or the washing basin with warm water.

  3. Treat the Stains

    You can treat stains using either a liquid detergent like Breeze Powder or Liquid Detergent. Just apply it directly on the stain before proceeding with normal wash

  4. Add Detergent

    You’ll need to use the right detergent for your fabric to hand wash clothes properly because some delicate garments will definitely need a gentle product.

  5. Soak

    Soak each item of clothing in the water for several minutes to ensure they fully absorb the detergent.

  6. Wash

    Start washing each item, knead, pigain, and twist the clothes, so they get a thorough wash. A common mistake to avoid while hand-washing your garment is using too much detergent. When you use detergent powder in excess, it may leave behind residue on your clothes after they are washed. Always use the right amount of detergent. Check the package usage instructions to understand what the right amount exactly is.

  7. Rinse

    Rinse with warm, clean water. Run each item under the tap and wring out until all the detergent is gone.

  8. Dry

    Leave the clothes to dry in a well-ventilated room. You can dry white clothes under direct sunlight on a clothesline.. Always dry your colored clothes sa malilim or partial shade on a clothesline.

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Keep your clothes looking bright and smelling fresh by washing them thoroughly. Pay attention to their specific needs to make them last longer.

Flat dry your woolen clothes. Do not hang your woolen clothes on the clothesline as it can over stretch and damage its shape. Spread them out on a flat surface in a shaded area. Ensure that the room is well-ventilated.

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