Although restrictions are beginning to ease, it is still imperative to prioritise hygiene and make sure your home, your belongings, and your hands are clean to help curb the spread of coronavirus. Beko, sellers of kitchen appliances, has found that 81 percent of Britons have been cleaning more items in their home since last March than the previous year.
Cleaning your clothes is just as important as cleaning your home, and can sometimes be just as much of a chore.
But Beko has shared its top tips on how to wash your clothes more easily and quickly, at the same time making sure that the quality of the items is maintained.
When washing socks, it’s not difficult to end up with less pairs than you had at the start of the wash.
To avoid losing socks, wash them – as well as tights – in a mesh bag or pillowcase.
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However, if you want to make sure that the dye from your jeans or other items won’t come off while being washed, it is a good idea to do a dye test.
Dye is most likely to come off new garments, especially ones that are bright in colour.
Dampen a small area of the garment and press a white tissue or clean cloth on it.
If any colour transfers, it is better to wash the garment separately from your other clothes.
No matter how often you wash white shirts, some under-arm sweat patches will never go away.
Beko recommended rubbing a little white vinegar into the stains on a shirt before you put it in the washing machine.
White vinegar is a simple but effective stain remover that can be used on other household items too, such as cushions and upholstery that might have stains on them.
There are also plenty of cheap stain remover cleaning solutions available in supermarkets and DIY stores.
When washing your clothes often, it is important to be aware of how big your washing load is.
Overloading the drum will affect your washing machine’s performance and reduce its lifespan.
According to Beko, you should be able to fit your whole hand comfortably in the top of the drum once full.
To maintain the material quality of fluffy garments, Beko recommended popping the garment in the freezer before putting it into the machine, as this will reduce it from getting bobbly.