The laundry day may not be the same for everyone. Some people do not prepare and end up spending hours getting their laundry done. Other people use innovative ways to speed up their laundry process and finish their laundry on time.
Though there are numerous intelligent ways, such as laundry pick up and drop off to get your laundry done without leaving your home, many people still make mistakes. Thankfully you can avoid them if you know what to do. So, here are six common mistakes you need to avoid on your laundry day.
Loading too many clothes in the machine
Overloading your washer slows down the machine rather than speeding up the process. An overloaded washing machine will not be able to clean all of the items in the load thoroughly. The detergent you add will not be equally dispersed, and some clothing items will most likely need to be rewashed. Overloading your washer puts additional pressure on the machine, and this causes it to wear down more quickly and reduce its lifespan.
Not checking the dryer before use
Lint buildup can block the duct and become a fire hazard over time. Even if you empty the lint filter after every use, it is always good to check it and clean any lint before starting the dryer. If the laundry takes more than an hour to dry, the dryer is more likely to be clogged. Make sure you alert the management if the dryer is taking too much time. That way you can save a lot of time as well as money.
Taking a break between the loads
There is a common misconception that allowing the dryer to cool down between loads prevents it from overheating. While that may sound true, it is a myth. Allowing time between loads in the dryer makes it work harder since it has to re-heat to its original temperature.
If the dryer temperature is closer to the required temperature, you will save a lot of time and money on your laundry if you quickly change the loads.
Running many loads close together is perfectly safe and energy-efficient as long as the lint trap is cleaned between each load.
Using too much detergent
More is not always merrier. When it comes to using detergent, it is best to stick to the standard amount of detergent. Too much detergent might seal dirt in rather than wash it out of some clothing materials. Use half of the detergent you usually would, then gradually increase it if your clothes are not as clean as you want.
Choosing a wrong laundromat
Many modern laundromats come with a laundry pick up and drop off service. If you are working a full-time job, using this service will save you a lot of time and effort. You can use this time to do more productive things. People often underestimate the comfort and efficiency such services provide and carry the piles of clothes to the laundry themselves and spend hours waiting until they finish all of their laundry.
Hand washing clothes that have a dry-cleaning label
Though most “dry-clean only” products can be hand washed and air dried, it is best to let the professionals dry-clean them. Certain fabrics should be dry-cleaned, such as leather, suede, silk dupioni, anything with embellishments, blazers, and suits.
Make sure you don’t dry your new cotton clothing on a high heat setting. This can cause your clothing to shrink and cause them to no longer fit. The best ways to prevent cotton from shrinking are to either air dry, or use a very low heat setting on your dryer.
Thus, your laundry day does not have to be tiresome. You can avoid the above mistakes and get your laundry cleaned with minimum effort, time, and money if you know what to do.
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