Just because you have been doing your laundry for years does not mean that you are an expert in cleaning. There are still things you do that are not good for your clothes and that may be costing you in terms of energy as you have to go through clothes twice while you could have done it the first time. There are various tips that will help you in using a washing machine at home. If you are new to this, these tips will also come in handy to you too so read on.
1. Do not cram your clothes
Washing machines clean clothes by moving them. Therefore, when you cramp your machine with a lot of clothes it may not be effective in the cleaning process and you may dry clothes and later realize they still reek of sweat or are still dirty. Put a manageable load into your washer and allow it to do its work properly. You may have to reduce this amount in case your washer and your dryer do not have the same capacity.
2. Select the presoak option
If your clothes are very dirty, the presoak option is helpful in removing the dirty in the first run. It allows the clothes to soak in detergent first before the washer begins washing. It is, therefore, a great option in cleaning extra dirty clothes. Just make sure that you have a good and trusted detergent that will help remove the dirt fast.
3. Use the right detergents
This cannot be stress enough. When it comes to cleaning your clothes making sure that your detergent does not ruin your fabric is key. Therefore buy detergent that will not remove color from your colored clothes or leave brown stains on your white clothes. Some detergents are made such that they fade the color of the clothes washed I them, avoid those.
4. Add bleach yourself
If you have been using the automatic bleach dispenser and the whites are not quite as white as they should be, add the bleach yourself. You should do this five minutes after the washer has begun washing because adding it any sooner kills the bleaching agents.
5. Regularly clean the machine
Cleaning the machine will ensure that it does a much more effective job with your clothes. Therefore, if your machine does not have the self-clean option, fill it with water and a cup of bleach and let it clean like it would laundry. Also clean the drawers and remove the residue.