Laundry may seem super easy and for the most part, it is, but there are definitely a number of ways you can mess it up. Here are some of the do’s and don’ts of laundry to help keep your clothes looking their best.
Do Be Aware of Timing
It’s helpful to set a timer on your phone that’ll remind you when your laundry is done. Having a timer means you won’t leave your wet clothes for too long which helps minimize the damp smell. A timer also saves you from people taking your clothes out and leaving them on top of the machine. It may be inconsiderate, but it’s not uncommon when everyone is trying to use the same few machines.
Do Keep Change Handy
You should always keep a lot of change handy so you can do your laundry at any time, or make sure you have money on your laundry card if your building doesn’t use change. Depending on the size of your building, there may not be that many machines so its best to be prepared.
Do Separate your Colours
The machines in your apartment are probably not the highest quality, which is why you should pay attention and separate your colours. It may cost a bit more and take more time but it’s definitely worth it. No one wants to turn all their clothes pink after leaving a red shirt in with some whites!
Do Read the labels
Yes, those little symbols inside your clothes are actually important. Not everything can be thrown in the wash, and there can be consequences when you make a mistake. It’s easy to accidentally shrink something and it’s much easier to read the label ahead of time than try and stretch it back out afterward. Hand wash things that are too delicate for the washing machine and hang to dry. If you’re unsure it’s best to err on the side of caution.
Don’t overfill the machines
It can be tempting to fill all your clothes in one machine to save some extra money, but it can damage the machines and your clothes if you fill them too much. You don’t want the soap to overflow and you don’t get as good of a clean.
Don’t use too much soap
Make sure to use the recommended amount of soap for the size of the load. You don’t want to use double the amount of soap on half a load of laundry. There’s nothing worse than walking in on a puddle of water and bubbles.