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Washing Machine 101: Tips on How to Maximize Your Washing Machine

Whether you own a twin tub or automatic machine, or whether you’re a washing machine newbie or expert, here are some tips on washing machine usage!


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More Filipinos are choosing the convenience and time-saving benefits that a washing machine offers. Using a washing machine certainly makes the laundry chore much easier! However, we may damage our clothes or even the washing machine itself if we don’t follow proper instructions and guidelines.

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It’s also important to note that a good quality laundry detergent will help you achieve effective results when using your washing machine.

Use the recommended amount of detergent so that your clothes come out clean and fresh. And, always read the directions on the detergent label before you begin.

  1. Understanding Your Garment Tag

    Your clothes usually have washing instructions on their tags or labels. Checking all the washing machine symbols on these tags before loading them into the machine is the simplest way to protect your clothes from damage. Washing machine symbols tell you what temperature you should be washing different fabrics, what the recommend washing cycle is, and even the best type of detergent to use.

  2. The Number.

    You should pay attention to numbers that are indicated on wash symbols. This number tells you the temperature of the wash. Some natural fabrics, like silk and wool, and other delicate clothes can shrink or be damaged in hot washes, while some fabrics, like cotton, are best washed in hotter temperatures to make sure they’re completely clean!

  3. The Line.

    Right under the number, your wash symbols may feature a horizontal line, or a dotted line. These lines relate to the garment’s fabric, and the sort of cycle that is needed for that particular material. A full line means it’s best to wash with a moderate cycle. A dotted line means more gentle cycle to protect the fibers.

    Also, note that a triangle symbol with a cross through it means ‘do not bleach’! Use a mild detergent instead.

  4. Different Washing Machines & Their Settings

    Whether you own a twin tub or an automatic, to get the most out of your washing machine, you really need to familiarize yourself with its settings and cycles, and discover how they can benefit you and your family. For example, a regular spin cycle can be too rough for some delicate garments. Washing delicate fabrics with a moderate or gentle cycle is always the best option. Less movement during the spin cycle will reduce the risk of fabric snagging or ripping.

When drying your clothes, be aware that certain fabrics should not be dried in a dryer – wools and other natural fibers can shrink with heat. Also avoid drying clothes that aren’t completely clean, as heat can make those stains permanent by baking them in and making them more difficult to wash out!

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Washing Machine Do’s and Don’ts To ensure you’re getting the best from your washing machine, follow these simple rules: Do group items made from similar fabrics together, if possible. Similar garments will often require similar detergent, temperature, and settings. Do wash garments based on color. Dark-colored clothes can easily ruin whites and other light-colored clothing. Do use liquid detergent as these mix better with washing machines. Don’t overload when using the washing machine, even if you have a lot of clothes to wash. Overloading can cause the spin cycle to fail, leaving you with wet clothes. Don’t add more detergent than necessary. More detergent does not mean cleaner clothes! Always stick to the amount recommended on your detergent’s label.

Washing Machine Tips: Stain-Removal on Clothes Washing machines are useful and effective, but sometimes they need help with extra stubborn stains. If you have heavily stained clothing, use a high-performance detergent that works well against stains – like Breeze. Pre-treatment, like an overnight soak, before putting them in the washing machine can also help. Lastly, treat stains immediately! The longer you leave dirty clothes unwashed, the more difficult it is to remove a stain.

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