Washing of clothes in the washing machine may be tricky. There are many myths and beliefs about using the washing machines, especially about your bed sheets, Jeans and even delicates. Today, we will show you just what is needed to wash these materials, and how to get the best from them in the long term especially when using a washing machine.
5 tips to wash your jeans with the washing machine
1. Turn your machine to “gentle or delicate cycle”.
In order to keep your Jeans looking the same as when you bought them, you have to wash them on the gentle cycle. This will reduce wear on your jeans and preserves the colors and design.
Use a mild and environmentally friendly detergent to wash your jeans. Do not use bleach or any detergent containing bleach.You can use a softener if your jeans need to be a little softer.
2. Fill up your machine with cold water.
Do not wash your jeans with hot water. If you must, then only lukewarm water may be used to wash your jeans.
Hot water can only cause your jeans to lose its color, especially for dark jeans, it also shrinks the fabric.
3. Turn it inside out
You don’t wash the outside of your jeans, so turn it inside out. Jeans washing may be abrasive on the fabrics. It is not only the clothes that rub against each other but the detergent also, including the zipper, snaps and even buttons, they all can be damaging to the color and the fabric as well.Ensure to read the label on the Jean you are to wash to see if you need to follow any special tip(s) to wash the jean. While some jeans may be washed alongside others, most should be washed separately at least for the first time. So if there are any recommendations or instructions on the label, ensure you follow them.
4. Washing with other clothing
If you must, then only put the Jean in the machine with other jeans or clothes of similar color. A major cause for concern you should have as you wash your jeans is the indigo bleeding. When you wash your jeans too often, you’d make it lose its color or even pre-fade.
If you’re washing your jeans with other lighter colored jean or clothing materials, then it could dye all of the clothing you’re washing with it, so to avoid this, it is advised to wash your jean separately.
5. Dry the jeans on a line.
Do not put the jeans in a dryer. You should also avoid over-drying your jeans to prevent the fabric from contracting and losing color.
If you want to dry your jeans in a dryer, remember to tumble it on a delicate cycle and with low heat too. Remove them as they are still slightly wet and let them dry up on a line or a rack.
Before placing the jeans on a line, remember to stretch the seams, this will help prevent shrinkage.
How to wash your bed sheets and delicate clothes in a washing machine
1. Wash them separately
Put your sheets or delicate clothes in the washing machine separately, do not include other items. Only your bed sheets and pillowcases may be washed together. Your other bed linens and delicates must be washed separately from the sheets.
Try as much as possible to avoid washing sheets with towels. Washing them with your towels may cause small lint balls to appear on your sheets, and that’s not all, the friction from the towel will also wear down the sheets gradually.
Do not wash your sheets with clothing of another color. Washing these sheets with other clothes of a different color may make your sheets to fade.
2. Detergent usage
The right amount of detergent must be strictly adhered to. So you must measure the amount of detergent required for the particular size of the load being washed. Instead of being too generous with the amount of detergent, it is better to be conservative as you measure the detergent you’d use.
What detergent measurement should I use for my Bed Sheets?
For a normal or regular load, use only 2 oz (which is 1/4 cup) or a half-lid of liquid detergent.
If the load is very dirty, then you may use 4 ounces (1/2 cup) or 1 full liquid detergent.
For the instructions on the detergent, you may refer to the instructions on the detergent package.
Avoiding too much detergent is necessary, if you want the bed sheets to last long, a large amount of detergent will only wear down your bed sheets.
3. Choosing the right cycle
Choosing the right cycle is important. If there is a sheet cycle on your machine, then select the “sheet cycle” otherwise, the regular cycle is just fine.
Remember to use warm water setting, it’s meant for regular washing. Only heavily soiled sheets need hot water cycle, to kill germs. Do not use hot temperatures regularly if you want your sheets to last long. Only use the hot temperature if you recently had a cold, because the hot temperature will help disinfect and kill germs, allergens or viruses.
You may choose to enhance or get rid of any smell by adding certain ingredients. A cup of vinegar (236 milliliters) may be added to the rinse cycle to get rid of any traces of detergent.
To brighten your bed sheets, you may add 2 oz of lemon juice. It is advisable to use lemon juice instead of a whitening agent or bleach as this will make it last longer.
For delicates, cold water detergents are better suited for them, though they may be more expensive, they’d care for your material better.
In cases where you have heavy stains, Presoak your delicates by selecting the “pre-soak” option using mild or cold water.
In washing delicates, your washer must be on the gentle wash. The hand wash option is best for washing delicates and this option is present in most modern washers. Always use mild or cold water to avoid shrinkage.
It is important to reshape your delicates half-way through the washing by hand. This is so as to return your cashmere, knits or snuggly fitting garments which may have a specific shape to their original shape. These materials may temporarily be warped by water and detergent, and they may even dry in the shape they are in when you recover them from the wash, so you need to reshape them by hand.
Frequently asked questions on cloth washing
Should towels be washed separately?
While towels may be washed with cotton, it is advisable to wash your towels separately. If you wash your towels with other clothing, you may get lint balls littered over the cloth.
Does washing at 60 kill germs?
The United states NHS agrees that washing underwear at about 60°C may prevent the spread of bacteria or germs, but there is no proof that it is necessary to wash at 90°C to kill bacteria.
What temperature is best for washing clothes?
Cold water is best for delicate fabrics or dark/bright colored clothes that may bleed, 80°F is fine. Warm water may be used for the man-made fibers, jeans or knits, they require only 90°F and they’re fine. Most of your clothing need only warm water at the same temperature.