How often do you do your laundry? Do you use the pre-soak setting while you wash clothes in your washer? What’s the ideal load size? Well, there are many questions when it comes to doing laundry and everyone does their laundry differently.

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But there are certain things that need to be followed by all in order to do laundry the right way. So, as I discuss some hacks on how I do my laundry below (learnt these hacks a few years ago), check out this article and see whether you do it the same or not!

How to Do Your Laundry the Right Way

1. Consider the size of your load

Do not cram up your drum; this will not let the clothes get cleaned properly. Check load size and put in accordingly.

2.  Separate lighter colored clothes

Always separate lighter coloured clothes from the darker colored ones. This is because certain darker colors bleed (especially if new) and could stain lighter-coloured clothes.

3. Use the right detergents, bleach, fabric softener etc.

You can use any brand of your choice of laundry detergent powder, detergent pods or liquid, fabric softener and bleach for your laundry. But using a good brand is always advisable for the best results. Brands like Tide, Febreze, Clorox etc., are well-known and popularly used.

4.  Make sure to use the “pre-soak” cycle

Using the “pre-soak” cycle is advisable. This setting may disperse the detergent before starting off the main cycle and in case you have any extra-dirty clothes, it can get cleaner without having to go through the cycle twice.

5. Clean your machine from time to time

Once in 20 days to a month, make sure to clean your machine. To do this,, you will need to select the largest load size and fill the drum with warm or hot water and add in a cup of bleach. Then run a cycle as usual (or if available, run it on “self-cleaning” cycle).

Make sure to also remove dispensers or any drawers and wash them under warm or hot running water, while brushing off any residue.

6. Dry your clothes as soon as the cycle ends

In case your washer doesn’t come with an in-built dryer, then make sure to dry out your clothes immediately once the cycle stops. This will keep the clothes smelling fresh and void of bad or stale odour.

Tips for Buying A Washer

The Size:

Always opt for a washer that has a larger interior capacity, if you’re someone who washes large and bulky items at home (like bedsheets, comforters, blankets etc). Also, measure the size of area before buying a washer, to make sure it fits perfectly in your laundry area/room.

The Design:

The design is something you need to check out thoroughly while you’re at the store. You will need to consider whether the machine is easy to use, whether the control panel is simple to read, understand and navigate around etc.
You will also need to check out the working of the door/flap/lid (like the top or front loader), the buttons/knobs, the dispensers etc., and check for ease of use and accessibility.

In terms of efficiency, front load washing machines are outright winners. It is because front load washers consume around 50% less power and close to 40% less water as compared to the best top load washers.

The Cost

The next aspect is the cost factor. Always remember that front-loader washers are more expensive as compared to to-loader washers. But nevertheless, front-loaders cut energy costs on a long-term basis.

Also, if you’re on a budget, you can consider choosing a model that has fewer bonus cycles and options, while also choosing a white or black colored washer (as compared to a colored option). Lastly, make sure to choose one that gives you a one-year warranty.

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