Common Laundry Problems Solved
Tuesday 28th August 2018
The main cause of shrinkage in the washing machine is a result of high heat. Certain fabrics are more sensitive to heat such as jeans, nylon, rayon, dark clothes and children's clothing. The rule of thumb is that most man-made fabrics should be washed at 30 degrees. People often wash clothes using high temperatures however washing at 30 can be just as effective, cheaper, more environmentally friendly and likely to keep clothes safe from shrinkage!
This can often happen with white clothes and linen. The easiest way to solve this problem would be to get a colour remover to put in with the wash, however you can do this from home using an oxygen-based bleach. This requires pre-soaking the clothes in a combination of water and oxygen bleach overnight before putting in the washing machine. It is also advised to add a small amount of white vinegar in the wash and your clothes will come out looking brand new!
The best way to avoid this problem is to take your laundry out of the dryer as soon as the cycle has finished. Shaking and fluffing each item straight out of the dryer will reduce wrinkling meaning you won't need to spend much time ironing. You should also not put too much in the dryer as the more laundry there is, the more likely they will wrinkle, as they don't have the space to dry. Adding fabric softener to the wash cycle beforehand also helps this problem and you can also use white, distilled vinegar to avoid wrinkles.
Some stains never come off with only a cycle in the wash; they need some extra care and attention. To give them the best chance of removal, apply detergent on the stain before putting in the washing machine. Be sure to check that you can use the specific detergent on the specific type of stain before doing this!
There is a quick and easy solution for this problem. If this happens in your washing load, it is likely that you have overloaded the machine, which causes the detergent to stay in one place and not disperse equally. Placing the items with detergent on, back in the wash will get rid of this and putting less laundry in at a time will prevent this from happening.