Although I don’t profess to be an expert in laundry, I believe that at this time in my life I have the task largely under control. possibly not When I was complaining the other day that one of my shirts had a snag in it when it came out of the washer, my mother inquired as to if I had left any zippers open. It turns out that before washing clothes, you should always close any zippers because otherwise, the metal teeth can catch on other textiles. Maybe that’s just basic sense, but I honestly never gave it much attention.
The whole thing got me thinking: What other laundry blunders am I making? I contacted a few professionals to find out what common laundry blunders they encounter, and it turns out there are quite a few things I was unaware of.
Using Excessive Detergent
I’ll be the first to say that, at least not accurately, I don’t measure the laundry detergent. You might be using too much soap if you eyeball it like I do, which is bad for your clothes and your washing machine.
The garments you wash may feel stiff and starchy if you use too much detergent since your washer won’t be able to completely rinse everything out. As the motor has to work harder to remove all the suds from your clothes, it might also result in additional wear and tear on the device itself. In conclusion? One tablespoon of detergent is sufficient for standard-size loads, so you (and I) should surely be measuring more precisely.
not conducting a hard water test
Do you know if the water in your house is hard? neither do I. However, it’s worth investing in a hard water test to determine whether you have excessive quantities of dissolved calcium and magnesium for the benefit of both your laundry and washing machine.
According to Tim Dunphy, a water expert at Leaf Home, “untreated hard water can leave mineral deposits on your clothing that dull their color and eat away at their quality over time.” “Water softeners can—and should—be used by homeowners as prophylactic steps to protect their possessions.”
Over time, hard water can also harm your appliances. According to Dunphy, “hard water also deteriorates pipes and adds wear and tear to your washer.” “Using a water softener reduces the need for repair and replacement while increasing the efficiency of your laundry appliances.”
Dryer sheets usage
It’s no secret that dryer sheets and other types of fabric softeners can reduce the absorbency of your towels, but it turns out that they’re also bad for your dryer. The lint screen accumulates wax from dryer sheets, which could catch fire. Scott Thomas, Director of Systems for Dryer Vent Wizard, suggests using dryer wools or balls instead. Dryer balls shorten drying times and save energy. They decrease static cling, soften garments, and are chemical-free.
You’re unwilling to part with your preferred dryer sheets. (I’ll admit, my favorite brand is Bounce Pet Hair.) To remove the residue, be sure to completely wipe your lint screen: If you use dryer sheets, Thomas advises that you should always remove the lint before starting a cycle, wash the lint screen in hot, soapy water after each usage, and give it a thorough cleaning with an old toothbrush every three to six months.
clothes drying with elastic bands
I recently purchased a pair of costly underwear, so you can imagine how upset I was when, after just a few washings, the elastic waistband started to deform. It turns out that using elastic bands to dry garments, especially at high temperatures, is really not a good idea. The elastic’s lifespan may be drastically shortened by the high heat’s ability to make it to melt or become brittle.
Any goods with elastic bands should be air dried instead; a clothes drying rack will be your greatest friend in this situation. You should at least set your dryer to a low temperature if that isn’t an option.
In mixed loads, color catchers must not be used.
Since it doesn’t seem to make a difference, I recently indicated that I’ve quit sorting clothes, but that doesn’t mean you may disregard all caution. Use cold water and extra level of protection when washing whites and colored clothing together, according to experts. Patric Richarson of the Laundry Evangelist advises, “You should strive to keep your whites from your colors, and at a minimum, use color catchers.”
You only need to add one color catcher sheet to your washing machine with each load of laundry; they are affordable. Any dye that leaks from your garment will be caught by the sheet, preventing it from staining adjacent items.
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