Life Skills Everyone Needs: Doing Laundry

by Claire Raymond 14 days ago in how to

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Life Skills Everyone Needs: Doing Laundry

Even people who like doing housework don’t especially like doing laundry. It’s a 4 step process, so it’s like doing 4 jobs in one. Plus, folding is a real pain in the arse. Especially if you suck at it like I do. And believe me, the first time you do a whole load of laundry by yourself, it’s pretty overwhelming. There’s the constant worry of colours running and the threat of clothes shrinking to deal with. And you just feel like you’re going to have done something wrong. Especially if it’s not your clothes, you’re washing. But as long as you read the washing instructions, everything will be fine. 

Take Everything Out Of Your Pockets

Seriously, one time my wife left her phone in her pocket. I didn’t know and put it in the washing machine. A bowl of rice just didn’t cut it. Make sure your pockets are empty. If you don’t, you’ll ruin what’s in your pocket and could potentially ruin the washing machine. 

Underwear Bags

This only really applies if you wear underwired bras. The wire can come loose and wedge itself into the washing machine mechanism. This can be a very expensive thing to fix. I grew up in a house with 4 women in it, so it happened quite a bit. Luckily my mum always got an extended warranty. Underwear bags wash the bras perfectly well. But if an under wire comes out, it stays in the bag. It also helps prevent damage to delicate underwear, so it’s a win-win situation. 

Check Washing Instructions

Believe it or not, nobody is born knowing how to read washing machine instructions. Even though it feels like all mums were born knowing this information. But taking a screenshot of the picture below means you don’t have to worry whether you’re doing it right or not.Figuring Out The Machine

Every machine is slightly different. So if you don’t have the manual, find it online. You don’t have to read the whole thing, just the usage instructions. You’re not going to make it blow up or anything by using it a bit wrong. Your clothes just won’t get as clean as they could be. And you could damage clothes if you wash them at too high a temperature.

Don’t Under load Or Overload It

Helpful right. but under loading it can do more damage than overloading it. A washing repair man told me this one of the many times they visited my mums’ house. The amount you can put in will depend on the size of the machine. But it’s obvious whether you’ve overloaded it or underloaded it. There should be a gap big enough for at least two closed fists on top of the laundry. I’m basing all of this on a front loading machine, I’ve never used an American type machine so I really couldn’t tell you how. 

Put The Washing Powder And Softener In

Again, where it goes will depend on the machine. So you’ll need to read the instructions. Put the amount it says on the box in. A lot of people put more than the recommended amount in thinking their clothes will smell better. When in fact it can work out the opposite way. Too much of either can clog up the pipes, meaning the clothes don’t get rinsed properly. 

Give It A Spin

Personally, I always give the clothes an extra spin after they’ve finished. It cuts down on the drying time, which is the electric bill really comes into play.  The Dryer

I always try to dry clothes naturally wherever possible because it saves money on the electric bill. Anything that heats up using electricity tends to cost a lot. But sometimes it’s not always practical, so the dryer has to be used. Make sure the clothes can be tumble dried. If they can’t, hang them somewhere warm and dry. Outside is ideal because of the sun and the breeze. But if outside isn’t an option and you have an airing cupboard, that’s a good alternative. If you put clothes over the radiators, you should open a few windows. The humidity can cause damp and if you do it on a regular basis, it could become a problem. 

Hand Washing

Some newer machines have a hand wash cycle. It’s super delicate. But if your machine doesn’t have one, then you’ll need to do it the old-fashioned way. Fill a bowl full of warm (not hot) water and detergent/softener. Mix it together thoroughly. Put the item in and soak it for about 20 minutes. Rinse it thoroughly. Press it against the side of the sink to get the water out. Don’t wring it out. If it says hand wash only it means it’s delicate and wringing, it will damage it. Don’t put delicate items directly onto heat sources. This can damage them very quickly. Place the item onto a towel or a drying rack so it doesn’t touch the heat source. 

Folding and putting it away is all you. That’s the worst bit. 

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