While washing in a washing machine is very simple, it does require a little bit of planning to get rid of those stubborn stains. Here are some tips and tricks for that perfect clean wash.
If you want your floral pink skirt and white top don’t change colour then sort your clothes before washing. Clothes need to be sorted before washing to reduce the risk of damage and discolouration. Clothes should also be sorted in terms of their care labels, as some clothes may require a cold wash or a gentle cycle, and others may not be bleach compatible.
Also, make sure that wash your clothes with appropriate timing for each type of cloth material, and do not overrun the cycle if the wash is done. For that learn your Washing Machine settings. You will find the best settings.
Washing Machine Settings
Let’s understand the common settings found in various Washing Machine brands in India. If in case you don’t find the same name in your washing machine, read the manual it might be the same setting with a different name used, this isn’t complicated.
The pre-wash setting is ideal for clothes that are very heavily soiled. It simply soaks the clothes in a mixture of warm water and detergent, softening any stubborn stains before the main wash cycle.
Hand Wash Setting
This is the best way to wash laundry that is very delicate. The spin cycle is reduced, which helps to protect fabrics such as silk and lace from damage. It’s as gentle on your clothes as hand washing.
Generally for daily wear clothes. Use Normal Wash for clothes to be washed without any stubborn stains on it. As in this function, the clothes are not pre-soaked and then washed. The wash cycle starts immediately after the machine is filled with the desired water level in the washing tub inside the machine.
This washing machine function is for a quick wash cycle. Saves energy. It can be used for washing of daily wear or a relatively quick wash.
Nowadays washing machines come with Temperature control functions. If you want to know how to wash clothes correctly then the temperature is key. Standard temperature is 40 degrees, but many fabrics such as wool and synthetics are best washed at 30 to reduce shrinkage and damage. Baby clothes, on the other hand, are best washed at higher temperatures to remove bacteria.
Detergent & Fabric Softener
To get your clothes looking and smelling clean and fresh, you need to add detergent to your washing machine before starting the cycle. You can also add fabric softener to give your clothes an irresistibly soft feel and help protect the fibers – it’s one of the best ways to wash clothes. Front loading washing machines will have a detergent drawer that you access from the outside of the machine. The drawer will usually have 3 or 4 compartments:
- This compartment is if you’re using a pre-wash setting. You add your regular laundry detergent (powdered or liquid) and this is deposited into the machine during the initial soak. It is often labeled ‘I’ on many machines.
- This compartment is for the detergent to be used during the main wash. Add your detergent, and it will be deposited into the machine during the main wash cycle. It is often labeled ‘II’ on many machines.
- This compartment is for fabric softener, which will be added to your wash to soften and protect the fibers of your clothing. If unlabelled, you can usually spot a fabric softener compartment as it is a little smaller than the detergent compartments.
- This compartment is for bleach, which is tough at removing stains and keeping your whites white. This compartment is often very small and easy to spot.
Your detergent box should always advise how much to use for each load of laundry, and it’s important not to use more than this as it could leave a residue on your clothes.
Washing Machine Cycles
Here’s a quick rundown of what you can expect from each wash cycle.
The wash cycle is when the drum is filled with water and the detergent is released to clean your clothes of any dirt and stains. You’ll see water in your machine, and soapy suds inside.
The Rinse function is there in the washing machine to completely wash off the dirty, soapy water used for cleaning the clothes, then the washing machine is refilled and your clothes are “rewashed” in clean water.
The Spin function drains the water and then your clothes are spun very fast and excess water is removed thanks to centrifugal force.
Generally, people use Rinse and Spin function is an efficient way of washing dirty clothes. Although make a note that this function might use more water, as the machine is filled twice to run one wash and rinse cycle.
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