Since most of us have to do laundry regularly, it is important that we are doing it correctly to save us the most time and money possible. Below are numbers 10-6 of the 10 most common mistakes that people make when it comes to their laundry. Are you guilty of any of these?
#10: scrubbing stains like a maniac.
While it might seem like the more aggressively you scrub a stain, the better you can actually ruin your clothing by scrubbing too hard. The best way to get rid of a stain is to rub gently from the outside border of the stain in, using a white cloth. If you didn't get to the stain in time and it's really in there, try a mixture of 1 part original blue Dawn dish soap and 2 parts peroxide in a squirt bottle. Spray it on the stain and let it sit a while. Throw in the wash as usual.
#9: using too much laundry detergent.
I'm pretty sure that we are all guilty of this one. Using too much laundry detergent isn't just wasteful and expensive the excess suds can actually get stuck in the creases of clothes and lead to bacteria build up if it isn't rinsed properly.
#8: not zipping the zippers on clothes all the way up.
Metal zippers especially can get caught on other clothes and ruin them during the wash cycle if they are not zipped all the way up. The same goes for Velcro. Boy can Velcro do some damage on a nice sweater (or skirt, or dress) once a gets hooked.
#7: buttoning all the buttons on your shirts before you wash them.
This may be a little confusing because it directly contradicts #8, but if you button shirts all the way up the pulling and tugging of the laundry cycle actually loosens the buttons and they will fall off sooner.
#6: using bleach way too much.
While bleach is good to use once in a while, it actually breaks down the fabric of your clothing. Unless it is truly needed, you can use a gentler alternative like lemon water (or the stain remover in #10) to help get rid of stains from sweat or blood.
Of the 5 above, I can honestly say I am guilty of at least 3 (especially #9). Stay tuned next Wednesday for numbers 5-1. Happy washing.