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How to Wash Clothes | Laundry Tips that Anyone Can Try

Washing clothes seem like a huge chore for some people, and some people haven’t found the right way to do it. If you are also curious to know how to wash clothes, then the following laundry tips will help you out. You will also get answers to questions like how to hand wash clothes or how to wash white clothes.

How Much Laundry Detergent is Needed?

The first thing you need to remember is that you don’t need to use a lot of detergents to ensure that the washing is done in the right manner. In fact, you can use half the recommended amount if you are smart and end up saving a lot of money over time.

Which One to Choose – Washing Powder  or Liquid Laundry Detergent??

Though it largely depends on what type of stain you have got to remove, your personal preference and the features of your washing machine. If you want to remove general soil and attain better stain removal performance, then a washing powder would be recommended. 

Do I Need to Wash Clothes in Hot or Warm Water?

It depends on the type of stains you need to remove and the detergent you are using. Some detergents work better in cold water, and some stains are removed only with hot water. You should also know that if you wash clothes regularly with cold water, it can lead to a waxy film developing inside the washing machine. To avoid such a situation, you should select a warm or hot cycle occasionally. It will also ensure that your machine’s internals are shiny and clean.

Am I Allowed to Use Top Loader Detergent in Front Loader Machine?

No, it is suggested that you don’t experiment like that. You need to realize that front-loading machines use less water than the top loading ones. So, the front loading machine detergents have anti-foaming ingredients that ensure that too many suds won’t develop. If you use a top loading washing powder in a front-loading machine, it may lead to building up of too many suds, and a condition called suds lock might be present in which foam develops between outer and inner drums of your washer which eventually leads to suction issues and in many cases, burning out of the motor. Low water usage and excess suds might also ensure that excess detergent is left on clothes which might lead to skin issues.

How to Hand Wash Clothes?

Many people wonder how to hand wash clothes without spending a lot of time or creating a lot of mess. If you are among them, then you need to read the following tips.

  • Always read the label of all the clothes you are washing to ensure that you don’t end up washing those clothes in cold water that needed to be dry cleaned and ruin them forever.
  • You must always clean the sink before washing clothes to ensure that the dirt and grease from the sink doesn’t transfer to your clothes.
  • The water must always be tepid or cold as hot water might lead to shrinkage or color bleeding.
  • Fill the sink or the tub with water before you add clothes that need to be washed as the force of running water might stretch some fibers.
  • Add liquid detergent to water before adding clothes to it. Don’t hope for too many bubbles as it will mean more work for you when it comes to rinsing the clothes.
  • Soak the clothes completely in water with detergent and soak every piece of garment for at least 5 minutes before swishing it through the water. Don’t scrub or twist a garment because it might lead to stretching.
  • Lift the clothes from the sink and drain the soapy water. Rinse the clothes again and again until you see no suds. Never wring the garment.

How to Wash White Clothes

If you are wondering how to wash white clothes then here’s all you need to know in this regard.

  • You should remember the golden rule, never wash white clothes with colored ones. It is also advised that you separate heavily soiled clothes with lightly soiled ones.
  • The next step is to check the labels of clothes for wash care instructions to know what temperature or detergent would suit clothes better.
  • Make sure that the washer is clean. If not, run an empty hot water cycle to clean it completely.
  • Cold water is bets for washing white clothes as it can remove even the toughest stains.
  • Dry the white clothes immediately, preferably in sunlight after wash if you want to avoid mildew or mould.
  • Never overload the washer as it may let the dirt to stick to the clothes again as it will have no room to stay separated.
  • People with sensitive skin must avoid bleach. You should also know that overuse of bleach can not only weaken the fabric but also turn it gray or yellow.
  • Lemon or baking soda are slightly more mild whitening agents.
  • Never wash white clothes in hard water as it may make the clothes yellowish, dull or leave reddish stains.
  • Whites that are worn just once might look clean but they are not as they are loaded with body oils and perspiration that may make them yellow quickly.
  • To get rid of greasy stains, pre-treat the clothes with a shampoo, dish washing detergent or a liquid detergent.

Consumer VOICE tested 10 regular selling brands - Ariel, Henko, Ghari, Nirma, Surf, Tide, Rin, Mr. White, Fena and Wheel to know the best detergent for washing machine


Divya Patwal


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