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Quick tips on how to sort dirty laundry properly

Sorting laundry properly means you get the best out of your washing machine and your clothes, bedding and towels will be cared for and cleaned as best they can be so they’ll last longer. 

It’s worth spending a few minutes sorting laundry properly as in the long run it’ll save you money.

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How To Sort Laundry Properly

Step 1 – Sort The Laundry By Colours and Types

  • Whites – this is things like your white shirts, vests, t-shirts, socks
  • Lights – pale and pastel clothes
  • Darks –  black, grey, maroon, dark purple, navy blue clothes
  • Delicates – bras and silk items
  • Jeans – all your denim items
  • Towels – keep bathroom & kitchen towels separate
  • Underwear – knickers and underpants

Step 2 – Sort The Laundry Piles By Care Label

  • hand wash
  • 30 degrees
  • 40 degrees
  • 60 degrees

Step 3 – Get Laundry Items Ready To Wash

  • stain treat any items – best to do this before stain dries where possible
  • remove belts & accessories
  • check all pockets to avoid having to pick tissue paper off clothes later.
  • turn knitwear, jeans, cords and sweatshirts inside out this minimise bobbling on the clothes.
  • unbutton any buttons so they don’t pull or tear in the wash.
  • close all zips, velcro or hooks
  • straighten out clothes – unfold turn-ups, roll down sleeves and shake out socks before putting in the wash.

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Step 3 – Wash – And Remember Our Quick Washing Tips!

  • load the washer one item at a time – this allows the clothes to move around better whilst they wash so they come out cleaner.
  • don’t overload the washer – this means clothes don’t clean properly and it can stop the spin working properly.
  • use the right laundry detergent and softener – especially when washing woollens and silk.
  • always wash underwear, towels and bedding separately at the highest temperature on the label – this kills germs. If you can’t wash at high temperature then use a laundry sanitiser which you can just add to the wash – I use Dettol Laundry Sanitiser.
  • don’t use softener on towels – it reduces their absorbency.
  • choose eco options! – if you’ve not got enough for a full load either select the half load option or save for when you can run a full load.
  • it’s best to wash denim separately – as it’s a heavy fabric it may damage delicates and it often bleeds colour.
  • be careful washing red items they often run colour – better to wash red things on one load together.

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