Doing laundry is a chore that haunts several people as they try to avoid the overflowing basket. As the pile grows, however, you can’t avoid it for too long. Below are five tips on how to tackle the task head on and make your laundry life easier.
1. Mix it all in
Forget separating your colours from your whites and use a laundry sheet such as Colour Catcher which allows you to mix colours, patterns and whites together in one washing machine load. It halves the number of loads you have to do, which in turn saves time, energy and the environment. Additionally, Colour Catcher is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) classified, so all the raw materials used to make the sheets are from responsible sources. Throughout September, Colour Catcher will be on offer in major retail stores including Asda, Wilko and Tesco.
2. Less can be more
Keep in mind the amount of clothing you are putting into the drum. While loading the washing, try to adopt the ethos of less is more as too many clothes mean less movement, which equals more friction on clothing and less cleaning. To ensure your load gets a thorough clean fill the drum to ¾ full so there’s enough movement.
3. Treat stains before popping it in the wash
Use a spot treatment on stains and wait for a few minutes for it to soak in before starting the machine. This will help speed up the process and increase the chances of the stain disappearing.
4. Keep a watch on the time
Don’t leave your clothes in the washing machine for more than eight hours. If you do, the clothes will begin to smell. Leaving the clothes in there could also result in mould and mildew growing in the machine drum, so ensure that you’re only doing a washing load when you have time to remove the clothes afterwards.
5. Give room to breathe
If you’re really not a big fan of loading the washing machine, consider extending the time between washes. You’ll be amazed at how long you can extend a garments’ life by not washing it so frequently and simply airing it out. Did you know that fabric can hold odours? These often fade within 24 hours if left to air out.