Ever wish the laundry would just clean itself? It would make our lives so much easier. But life is tough and piles of dirty clothes in the laundry room is a weekly reminder of that. Is there an easier way to do the laundry? Piles of laundry can be overwhelming but if you are armed with Euca’s laundry cleaning tips, you can tackle any stain or dirt that comes your way.
Now, sit back, relax and learn the tricks of easy-peasy laundry.
Laundry Tips #1: Preparation is the key
As for any battle, preparation gives you the edge to win. The same thing can be said about your laundry task. To determine how much time your laundry will consume, schedule and organise prior to the task.
Allot a specific day and time to do your laundry. On average, a single wash including dry cycle will take between 1 to 1.5 hours. Now organise your laundry to see how many loads you have to make in the washer. If you think the number of loads will be too much for 1 day, you can split the task over two days. Another part of organising your laundry is keeping your laundry products in proper place and order. Keep everything within your reach to avoid wasting time searching for items.
Laundry Tips #2: Colour code your clothes
It’s never too late to invest in good hampers for your whites and coloured clothes. Buy one each for the whites, colours and darks to divide the pile. This way, your laundry pile won’t get mixed up and your precious whites are safe in their own hamper.
Each family member should deposit their clothing in the appropriate hamper to keep the laundry clean and tidy. It also saves you time not having to divide the load up before placing them into the washer.
Laundry Tips #3: Sort each piece before loading
Before loading into the washer make sure to empty the pocket, unbutton shirts, hook up bras, tie up strings and turn dark clothes inside out. This prevents clothes from getting tangled and from colour transfer. Separate lingerie, swimwear, undergarments and socks from the rest and put these in a mesh bag for protection.
You can also try sorting your laundry by colour, weight, type and amount of dirt. The table below can help explain things easier:
|Colour Shades||Clothes with deep colours are more likely to bleed dye when washed. To avoid damaging other clothing, sort laundry according to colour, separating lights from darks.|
|Fabric Weight||Wash and dry heavier items, like towels, separately from lighter-weight clothes to prevent damage to finer fabrics and ensure even drying.|
|Fabric Type||Wash delicate and durable fabrics separately on the appropriate washing cycles to avoid damage to fine fabrics. Separate items with zippers and buttons from knits and lingerie.|
|Amount of Dirt||Very dirty or stained laundry should be washed separately on a longer, heavy-duty cycle. This provides the agitation necessary to get rid of heavy dirt.|
Laundry Tips #4: Don’t forget to read the labels
As part of sorting your clothes, don’t skip on reading the labels. Look out for clothes that require different treatment such as hand-wash only, delicate, and dry cleaning only.
It may seem like a secret code at first glance, but fabric care labels are actually easy to interpret. These laundry symbols let you know before washing which cycle to use, how to dry, and even how high the heat setting on an iron you can use. Once you get to know a few of these universal washing symbols, your laundry routine will become second nature. Some of the most common laundry symbols will show you:
- When to use a cold or hot wash, or something in between
- When to use or avoid bleach
- Which garments to tumble dry and which should dry flat
Because different materials have different laundry needs, it’s important to check your garments’ fabric care labels before getting started. Knowing these symbols will help you get the best results and preserve the life of your clothes.
Laundry Tips #5: Look out for stains
If a stain is left out unnoticed, you’ll have a hard time getting rid of it. Pre-treat a stain as soon as noticed one. This helps to loosen up the stain, making it easier to wash it out. You can either:
- Pour stain remover directly onto the stain and leave it for 5-10 mins.
- Soak the whole cloth into a water and stain remover mix and leave it for 30 mins.
We highly recommend EUCA’s Pre-Wash Stain Remover. EUCA’s Pre-Wash Stain Remover is effective in dissolving all kinds of soil, carbon, and oil and grease stains. It is a non-caustic and non-toxic cleaner so it will not damage your washing machine and also safe to use. Gunk and grime come off quickly when used. It’s a safe cleaning product containing natural cleaning power of citrus and eucalyptus oils so it’s safe for you and other family members.
Laundry Tips #6: Optimise the use of your washer
Contrary to popular belief, smaller loads of laundry clean your clothes better is not true at all!
Do you know that when you have larger loads of laundry in the washer, it gives more friction and agitation to the washing process therefore optimising the process? However, it does not mean you can overload your washer because it might not bear the weight. So, keep it about ¾ full, that’s about how you can optimise so you can get the most amount of your laundry done with less effort.
Additional Tip: Use EUCA’s Laundry Soaker and Brightener. EUCA’s Laundry Soaker and Brightener is an Australian made high quality concentrate laundry soaker powder suitable for all fabrics, colours & stains. Use as a pre-wash or as an overnight soaker or simply add to your wash to bring back whites and make colours bolder and brighter. It will give your fabric a boost without the use of harsh and harmful chemicals since it is made of organic eco-friendly ingredients. Add it into the normal wash to give your clothes extra brightness.
Laundry Tips #7: Time to dry your clothes
If you’re using an automatic washer with dryer, you’ll save more time than usual. If not, here’s what you can do:
- Shake out the clothes to prevent wrinkling
- Dry full loads of clothes to save time
- Again, read the labels. Some items may need to skip the dryer or need to be dried on low heat.
After drying, immediately remove the clothes from the dryer and fold or hang them right away. Have your family members participate in the task to prepare them early on. You can assign someone to do the loading, drying and folding to make the work easier. The more help you get, the easier the job gets done. It’s everyone’s laundry anyway so it’s just reasonable to share the load with them.
Following these friendly tips will surely make your laundry task less intimidating and less time consuming which means you can have your much needed time for yourself.
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