People spend more time doing wash now than 50 years ago, but research shows the clothes are coming out less clean and more worn than ever before. One of the world’s biggest soap manufacturers, Procter & Gamble, says most people do their laundry improperly by not sorting loads, overloading machines, and washing clothes too often.
The Procter & Gamble study found the average American family spends 7-9 hours per week, up from the 1960s. This phenomenon is likely due to the singular wearing of garments and larger wardrobes.
Here are some tips for getting the most out of your wardrobe and washing machine. Don’t forget, if you’re looking for extra hours in your week, you can always bring your wash to us so you can focus on what’s important to you.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to doing your laundry:
Simple Steps for Cleaning Laundry Properly
- Check pockets
- Pretreat stains
- Sort loads by: Color, Construction/Fabric Type, Amouint of Soil
- Select proper water temperature
- Select appropriate cycle
- Fill washer with water
- Add detergent and laundry boosters following instructions
- Add clothing to washer following recommended load
Drying Loads for Fewer Wrinkles & Less Drying Time
- Sort by fiber content
- Sort by weight
- Do not overload the dryer
- Select drying temperature based on fiber content
- Remove promptly
- Fold or hang right away
Common Laundry Mistakes
- Overloading the washer
- Poor load sorting
- Failure to measure laundry additives
- Too low water temperature
- Failure to sort for drying
- Overloading the dryer
Doing your laundry correctly feels like a lot of work doesn’t it? Ask about our Personal Laundry Service and leave the sorting, drying, folding to us! Just think, what could you do with all those extra hours in your week? Give outsourcing your laundry a try.