Laundry. It’s a task that no one likes to do. You separate the lights, whites and colours, then the delicates from the non-delicates and so on…ZZZZ…. It’s boring right!
However, it doesn’t have to be anymore. By choosing the right appliance for you and being a bit savvier, you can wave goodbye to all the usual laundry nonsense. Read on for some of our top laundry hacks, that’ll save you both time and money.
Choose a Washing Machine that has a Faster Spin Speed
Typically, washing machines will have spin speeds of between 1,000 and 1,600, measured in revolutions per minute.
However, did you know that a faster spin speed will mean that your washing will be dryer when the cycle ends? That means that you won’t have to hang it on the line or run it in the tumble dryer for as long.
If you are looking for a new washing machine that suits you and your laundry routine better, make sure to purchase it from a reputable retailer, such as The Appliance Depot, who proudly provide a Bosch washing machine sale.
Wash More Items with Less!
The average person will do around three to four washes a week. Yet, if you have a big family or live in a shared house, the number of washes can very quickly add up.
Whether you’re looking to save money on your utility bills or use less energy, it can be a good idea to choose a machine with a high energy rating and an eco cycle.
You’ll find that the highest energy performance is A+++ rated, but A++ and A+ are just as good too.
Did you know that by investing in an energy-efficient machine and using the eco cycle, you could save up to 60% on your energy consumption?
Choose the Perfect Drum Size To Suit You
When we use the term ‘drum size’ we are referring to how big the inside of your washing machine is.
Typically, washing machines will come with capacities of between 5 and 13kg, yet don’t automatically go for the biggest size. The more unused space you leave in the drum will mean more energy and therefore money wasted with each wash.
So, for example, if it is only you washing a few pieces of clothing each week, then you will only require a 5kg washing machine. Whereas, a bigger family, who does lots of washing every week, will need around a 10kg capacity.
Keep Your Clothes Fluffy and Soft with a… Tennis Ball?
Believe it or not, putting two or three tennis balls in with your washing could, in fact, help fluff up your towels and bedsheets.
This works, because the shape of the balls rolling around in the drum literally beats the material into shape. Who’d have thought it!
Remove Underarm Stains with Lemon Juice
It happens to the best of us, but when patches form on the armpits of your favourite clothes, it can really knock your confidence.
However, don’t worry anymore, as we have a simple trick to remove them! Simply dab lemon juice and baking soda over the stain and throw them in the wash. The wash will break the stains down.
Great Creative With Your Laundry Baskets
Of course, it’s an ideal set up, but multiple laundry baskets can be an excellent way to sort your different types of washing loads in advance. However, the typical household just doesn’t have enough space for this! Especially families.
You can overcome this problem by getting a bit savvy.
If you have a spare cupboard, why not dedicate this to your laundry? This can also act as a space for your ironing board. If you don’t have enough floor space for multiple baskets, then why don’t you use your wall space to hang them up?
Get Rid of Limescale Build Up
Once a month, make it a habit to run your washing machine on the hottest setting without any clothes or detergent in to ensure that any excess detergent and bacteria that could start to smell.
End the Curse of Lost Socks
If you are washing your socks and continuously finding that one gets lost, try washing them, along with tights and other delicates in a mesh bag or old pillowcase to stop snagging and small socks getting washed away at the end of the wash cycle.
Test the Dye
There is nothing worse than washing an item as a part of a load and finding that the dye transfers!
To make sure that this won’t happen, try dampening a small area of your new garment and press a white tissue or clean cloth onto it.
This will allow you to see if there is any colour transfer and therefore if you should wash it separately from your other clothes for the first few times.
Stop Streaks by Washing Inside Out
Take dark clothes out of the washing machine and find them covered in white marks? This is caused by the friction inside the washing machine, rubbing away the dye.
You can easily avoid this by turning your clothes inside out before the wash. This will mean that the rubbing happens to the inside of the garment.
Line Dry Anything You’d Typically Iron
It can be very tempting to chuck all of your clothes into the tumble dryer, including your shirts, blouses and trousers, simply because it’s quick and easy.
Yet, tumble drying these could actually make them much more wrinkled and harder to iron! This will lead to you spending ages at the ironing board.
Save yourself the frustration, by line-drying any pure cotton items.
Keep Up to Date
The main reason why many don’t enjoy doing the laundry is either that they have to do it every day or because it piles up into a huge task.
Don’t let it pile up. Create yourself a schedule and dedicate one day to doing all of your laundry so you don’t have it in the back of your mind all week.
Keep in mind that nice feeling of finally seeing the bottom of your laundry basket!
We hope that this guide has helped you to up your washing game and make your life that bit easier.