Doing the laundry - it's a simple process, right?
Wrong! In fact, chances are that if your clothes are looking a little worse for wear, it could be because you're failing to wash them properly.
Did you know that 70 per cent of the detritus that gets on our clothing will be invisible to the human eye? This includes everything, from sweat and human matter, to soap and deodorant.
Before you start worrying, there's some good news. Workwear Giant have come up with the 4 dos and don'ts when you're washing clothes - and yes, there's a bit more to it than just separating dark clothes to your whites...
There's a simple guide for you to follow...
- Make sure your washing machine is never overfilling. When you load your clothes, ensure you can put two fists in the top without any problem.
- Avoid any fabric softener on the towels - they'll likely become less absorbent as time goes by.
- Don't wash your jeans too often. Instead of this, try spot cleaning the minor stains in-between washes.
- Avoid leaving any wet clothes in the washing machine too - it will only take 24 hours for fungus and mildew to begin to grow.
Instead, do this...
- Wash your clothes on a less frequent basis. If you are soaking the fabrics on a consistent basis, a combination of detergent and spinning will wear them out. Instead of this, why not hang them up, outside of the wardrobe, so they can air?
- Have you accidentally got some make-up on an item of clothing? Fear not! You can simply add some shaving cream to the stain and let it sink in for 10 minutes. Now, you can wash it off with cold water.
- Give your dark items a wash inside out. This will ensure your colour doesn't fade.
- Does your item seem extra dirty? Then treat it to a pre-wash cycle without using detergent. Follow this by giving it a spin on a normal wash (with detergent).
You can see the full guide here.