5 Mistakes You Could Be Making When Hand Washing Your Clothes
To keep your J Generation styles in the best condition we recommend hand washing, or use a gentle cycle and place the garment in a wash bag to keep it safe!
When washing delicates by hand, avoid these common mishaps that could ruin your favourite fabrics.
1. Putting washing in the sink before filling it
Think of hand-washing as giving your laundry a bath. Just like you wouldn't step into an empty tub before you fill it, you shouldn't put your washing into the sink before adding the water and detergent.
The force of the water hitting the fabric can cause stress, and detergent can be more difficult to rinse out when poured directly onto clothing. Instead, fill your sink or basin with lukewarm or cool water (follow your care labels) and as it's filling add the recommended dose of fabric detergent. Swish the detergent in the water to ensure it is completely dissolved, then lay your garment in the water and gently press it down to fully immerse it.
2. Scrubbing stains
Aggressive scrubbing can damage fabrics, especially fragile ones. Treat stains by gently working some laundry stain remover or liquid detergent into the stain with your fingertips. Then, as it soaks, gently squeeze the sudsy water through the laundry several times. Most garments will be clean in about 15 minutes. Some heavily soiled items may need longer soaking.
3. Rinsing under the tap
Holding delicates up under running water can cause fabrics to stretch, so you should rinse them the same way you washed them, in a bath of clear water. When you're ready to rinse, scoop up the entire garment in both hands for support and place it in a colander. If you have a sprayer on your tap, you may be able to thoroughly rinse any lightweight garments in the colander. If not, fill the sink or basin with cool, clear water; immerse the item and squeeze the clear water through it to rinse.
4. Wringing out the water
Twisting and tightly wringing wet, delicate fabrics is a surefire recipe for damage. A better way to remove excess moisture is to carefully lift your garment out of the rinse water with both hands and gently squeeze out as much as you can. Then, lay it flat on an absorbent towel. Roll the towel and garment together, gently squeezing as you go; then unroll.
5. Hanging delicates out to dry
To ensure that delicates, especially knits, don't stretch out of shape, always lay them flat to dry. Lay your sweater or swimsuit on top of a dry towel, blocking it back into shape, and allow to air dry. Once the front is dry, turn it over to give the back some air.
Originally published on Good Housekeeping US