Sort the laundry by color. Whites, pastels, light gray, and white background prints will go in one pile. Dark colored clothes–black, red, navy, brown, dark gray–go in another pile. Colorful clothes should be separated from light-colored clothes.
Read the care label on each item. The label will tell you whether an item can be machine washed, what water temperature to use, and how to dry the fabric. Delicate and synthetic fabrics are best washed at a temperature of 30-40 degrees.
Laundry bags are recommended for delicates, swimwear and tights. It allows you to skip handwashing while ensuring that clothings get a good wash.
Handwash laundry powder is not suitable for the washing machine. It creates a hick foam and prevents clothings from moving. As a result, the fabric remains dirty. Universal washing powder is designed for all kinds of clothes. However, it is recommended to choose washing powder that is specifically made for cotton, linen, wool and synthetics clothing. For delicates, knitwear, microfiber and lace it is better to use liquid detergents with softeners. Do not put more detergent than necessary, otherwise there is a chance that clothes might end up covered with white stains and stitches filled with the detergent. In addition, the detergent residue might cause allergies.
The easiest way to get stains out of your clothes is to use stain remover products. Soak clothes after you applied the cleaning agent and then put them in the washing machine.
Whites should be washed after every second or third wear and shouldn't be mixed with darker colors in the washing machine. Chlorine bleach can be helpful, but it may damage fabrics if overused. Stains on collars or cuffs can be cleaned with laundry soap. Leave it for 30 minutes, rinse well and wash it in the machine.
To prevent a new pair of jeans from shedding, it is better to turn it inside out, soak it in the salty water for 12 hours and choose a mild detergent. Do not wash your jeans too often. Wash your jeans at a temperature of no more than 30-40 degrees.
Ironing is a quite time-consuming process. Nevertheless. ironed things look more neat and tidy while absorbing less dirt and sweat.
Different fabrics require a certain temperature treatment and a certain level of moisture. Read the label and follow its recommendations.
Ironing is much easier if the clothes are a little wet. Use the steam function on your iron or wet the wrinkled clothes before ironing.
Synthetic clothes are ironed with a warm iron with a use of wet gauze.
For silk clothes, it is better to use a manual steamer. The steam temperature will not damage the fabric.
Wool can be left either unironed or ironed at a low temperature through a damp cloth. Be careful with iron temperature – if the iron is overheated, clothes may shrink.
Linen is ironed wet on the reverse side at a temperature of 180-230 degrees. Use the steam function to make ironing easier.
Knitwear is ironed with a hot iron (up to 200 degrees), by consistently applying it to the clothes. Keep in mind that the knitwear is easy to stretch.
Smooth velvet and plush are ironed on the reverse side.