Wash at high temperatures (60°C or above) to kill bacteria and keep whites brighter. Run the washing machine monthly on empty at 95°C to maintain performance.
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Sort your dirty laundry into piles for separate washes:
• Whites for a hot temperature wash (bedding, towels, knickers, tea towels, dishcloths, flannels).
• Coloured cottons suitable for a hot wash (as above).
• Whites for a warm wash (shirts, T-shirts, skirts, shorts, jeans, trousers).
• Coloureds for a warm/cool wash (as above).
• Delicates for a cool/gentle wash (silk, lace, mesh, synthetic clothing).
• Woollens and silk (jumpers, scarves, gloves). Wash these by hand unless you have a handwash/woollens or silk setting on your washing machine.
• Colours will run on some clothes if they’re not washed at the correct temperature.
• Wash similar colours together (i.e. light colours or dark colours).
• If clothes are only lightly soiled, select the express wash function on your washing machine.
• Because of their absorbent nature, towels need less washing detergent than other items.
• Close zips and link up hooks and eyes so they can’t catch on other items.
• Empty the machine as soon as possible after the load has finished to prevent clothes smelling damp.
DRYING CLOTHES WITHOUT A TUMBLE DRYER
If hanging clothes outside is not practical, a heated drying rack is a good investment. Peg trousers, jeans and skirts at the waistband; shirts, tops and T-shirts should be hung from the shoulders or dried on hangers. Don’t overlap clothing as items will take longer to dry. Dry woollens flat to keep their shape.
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