When it comes to doing the laundry, living alone has its benefits. On one hand, it’s rather convenient having fewer clothes to worry about – but on the other, it can be tricky to know how to get the most out of the washing machine for one person.
From sorting to removing stains from clothes – there are endless things to consider! Luckily, we’ve got the answers – so read on for a comprehensive guide on how to do washing while living alone.
Before washing in the machine with a liquid concentrate like Surf Superbright, don’t forget to remove cuff links, and to check your pockets for pens, coins, and tissues!
How to Organise Your Laundry?
Don’t worry about washing detergents or cycles just yet – the very first thing to consider when doing the laundry is how to organise your clothes for the wash. You should always separate clothes into two distinct loads: colours and whites. You could even use two laundry baskets to make the process easier, and as long as you follow this rule, you should steer clear of any colour-run disasters.
When washing white clothes, such as shorts and t-shirts, choose a washing powder like Surf Tota Hygiene Handwash – it is specially formulated to leave whites dazzlingly bright, meaning you’ll feel extra confident when wearing your best white clothes!
Next, consider the fabric type – if a garment is made out of delicate material, or needs dry-cleaning – it will require special care. Always remember to read the washing instructions on the care label to find out how a garment should be washed.
How Often to Wash Clothes?
How do you choose your cleaning products?
If you live alone, it can be tempting to let clothes pile up in laundry baskets before you wash them. However, not only does this leave you with fewer clothes to wear while you wait. It can also result in laundry coming out of the machine still dirty!
This is because – in order for washing detergents to effectively clean and remove stains – clothes need space to move about in the drum. You shouldn’t be using the washing machine too often of course, but waiting until you have a medium-sized load is the best option.
Don’t forget, you can also wear certain items of clothing more than once before washing – it mainly depends on the material. For example, items that aren’t in close contact with your skin – like sweaters and jeans – can take a few wears before going in the wash. On the other hand, things like t-shirts and underwear will need a wash after just a single wear.
How to Choose the Best Laundry Detergent?
When doing the laundry, the last thing you want is clothes coming out of the machine still soiled or smelling dirty. To ensure this doesn’t happen, you will need to choose a high-efficiency washing detergent. We think the best laundry detergent for the machine is something like Surf Washing Powder – this liquid concentrate is specially formulated to efficiently clean clothes and leave them super clean and bright.
How to Choose the Correct Cycle?
As well as using a good detergent, the easiest way to ensure your clothes come out clean and fresh is to choose the correct washing machine cycle. Most appliances will have a regular or standard cycle, usually reserved for everyday, durable materials like polyester. In order to find out what cycle to use, simply check the washing instructions on the care label of your clothes – this will tell you all you need to know!
Frequently Asked Questions on How to Do Washing While Living Alone
How do Bachelors Wash Clothes?
If you live alone, it can be hard to know how often to do laundry. We recommend splitting your dirty clothes into whites and darks and waiting until you have enough of each for a full load in the machine.
How Long Does a Load of Laundry Take to Wash and Dry?
Normally a load of washing can take between 1 – 1.5 hours to wash – if you choose a delicate or wool cycle it can take longer. Drying your clothes can take a few hours depending on how sunny and warm it is outside, or shorter if you’re using a tumble dryer.
How Do I Know How to Wash Something?
Most garments come with a detailed care label or washing guide on how it should be washed, at what temperature and what not to do. Always follow the care guide on how to wash your clothes.
How to Dry your Laundry?
To avoid shrinking and fading, it's best to dry your clothes on a washing line outside. You can opt for a tumble dryer to save time, but this takes more electricity and you need to check if the garment can be tumble dried first or not.
How can Bachelors Minimise their Laundry?
Minimise laundry by only washing the clothing that is soiled and dirty. Consider wearing items like jeans, pants or jerseys more than once.