Washing clothes in the washing machine save time, but it’s not child’s play. The risk of ruining the woolen blanket or sweater you have just been given is just around the corner. Here are some useful tips, for those who try their hand for the first time and for those who already have experience in washing clothes in the washing machine.
How to wash clothes in washing machine?
Has your washing machine discolored the garments for the umpteenth time? Did you see so many balls on your wool blanket after washing? Before blaming the washing machine, it is necessary to know how to use them, based on the type of clothes we wash.
Washing clothes in the washing machine is a simple operation for many but not for everyone. The risk of ruining our favorite garments is around the corner as it is not enough to divide the white ones from the colored ones. In order not to waste time and money, it is necessary to wash clothes in the washing machine with method and organization. In this way, we will no longer have narrow garments or undesired shades of color.
Don’t make errors
Before loading the washing machine drum and choosing the washing program, we have to carry out some operations to wash the washing machine without making mistakes. Here’s how to proceed :
Read the garment labels. We find them easily inside each garment and provide us with valuable information on the type of fabric and type of washing. Some garments, for example, can only be washed by hand. Others, on the other hand, must only be taken to the laundry.
Know the suitable temperature. Also on the label, we also find information on the washing temperature to which the garment can be subjected. Too high a temperature may cause the fabrics to become matted or discolored, making the garments unsightly.
Separate the garments. The first thing to do, to avoid the risk of discoloring clothing, is to separate the colored ones from the solid ones and the light ones from the dark ones. Light colors, for example, can be washed with warm water while dark ones must be washed at a low temperature to prevent them from discoloring. Furthermore, it is important to separate the clothes to be washed according to the type of fabric.
Those of cotton, for example, can shrink when washed at high temperatures while those of wool can become matted or stiffen. How to program the washing machine.
Know the washing machine. Using the washing machine may seem like child’s play, but it is not so simple, especially for those approaching the porthole and the buttons above for the first time. Therefore, it is necessary to read, first of all, the instruction booklet that accompanies the appliance, to know the commands and programs available. In this way we will not mistake temperature and type of washing, avoiding to do damage.
Do not overload the washing machine. If you have accumulated dirty clothes for several days and don’t want to waste time doing more washes, avoid filling the basket beyond the limit. Not only do you risk doing damage to your clothes but also to the washing machine itself. Furthermore, at the end of the wash, you could find traces of soap on the cloths, which will force you to repeat the operation.
Use the right soap. Soap for washing clothes is not like washing soap. We must pay attention to what we choose to avoid wasting water and time. There are different types, depending on the type of garment: from the one for colored cloths to that for delicate fabrics. We can choose a powder or liquid detergent, and it can be effective or not at low temperatures.
Does the detergent well. Before buying a detergent, it is necessary to read the label, where we often find indications also on the dosage. The latter depends above all on the hardness of the water, that is on the quantity of limestone contained. The higher it is, the more detergent must be used for it to work at its best.
Set perfect combination
The choice of washing program varies according to the type of garment. Newer models offer more programs, which in many cases also save water and electricity. Before setting up the program, we must remember to read the label inside the garment to know the type of washing to which it can be subjected.
In the case of woolen garments, for example, the centrifuge must be avoided while the more resistant fabrics can be washed even at a temperature of 60 degrees and at a high spin speed. Even if you are at the first experience, you can start programming your washing machine by distinguishing your clothes in the following way:
Colored garments. You can set a long program with a washing temperature equal to or less than 40 degrees and medium-high spin speed. A higher temperature may discolor the garments creating an unwanted camouflage effect.
Delicate garments. In this case, you must set a maximum temperature of 30 degrees or lower while the centrifuge, if necessary, must be at low speed. The delicate fabrics, as the adjective suggests, should not be scrambled. Except in cases of stubborn stains, it is advisable to avoid the centrifuge.
Dirty clothes. If your clothes do not have particularly resistant stains or are few, to avoid waste, choose the quick program or the half load. In this way, you will have clean clothes without consuming excess water and electricity. For lightly soiled and small quantities, select the quick program or the half load.
Especially if you are at the first washes, never set the spin to maximum, as is often the case with the basic program, as you will end up pulling out the dripping clothes. The centrifuge rubs a lot the garments, and one thing is to subject a pair of jeans to this treatment, it is one thing to make it undergo a new shirt. For this, we must decide, based on the type of laundry, the laps that the washing machine will have to do. The centrifuge does not always save us time. In some cases, by setting a lower number of turns, after washing and drying we can also not iron the clothes.