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All about washing your clothes

It just so happens that one fine morning, your favourite piece of cloth is not your favourite anymore and it's not because of the over-thinking of how fat you look in it but the harsh reality of ink stains, food stains that will not go from it. Relatable?

Now let us think about the moments we blamed the clothing line to be absolutely clueless about fabric choices when your panjabi became a piece of rag after the first wash. But deep down you know, you washed it wrong. 

One of the hardest moments of your life is when your white clothes have blotches of colours on it but you do not remember celebrating holi recently. We all know what happened there, don't we? 

Washing clothes is a daily task but it is not as simple as it seems. Dunking all your clothes inside the washing machine with a handful of washing powder will not do justice to your clothes, or the promise the promise of the product. After all, we all want some dazzle. 

It's always a good idea to separate your clothes colour and material wise because once they are all washed together, each piece will lose their brightness and texture. Therefore, it is always essential to look at the tags at the back of your cloth to check whether it is applicable for your washing machine. 


Detergent 101

The most essential ingredient for your clothes is a decent detergent powder that will clean your clothes and keep it fresh. Detergent like Rin is an option you can go for based on its properties that has never disappointed the users. However, before taking a handful of detergent, it is necessary to know how much powder and water you need based on your number of clothes and functioning of your washing machine. 

Know your stain removers well

It just so happens that we often try to DIY our way through a stain from our clothes that is stubborn enough not to leave. 

Stain remover is a product, which might be an easier solution to your problem. While buying a stain remover from the local or departmental stores, you can look for the ones that will be applicable on white or any other clothes. However, lemon, mixture of hydrogen peroxide or baking soda solution is quite a good option to remove stains, but it is essential to remove the stain and put it in the washing machine. 

Bleach it up! 

Bleach is a well-known product for removing stains from white clothes. How? Washing Bleach contains hypochlorous acid, which acts as a very strong oxidiser. It works by oxidising dye agents in the stains so that they become colourless. Most department stores have bleach products. 

“Clorox” is a popular choice amongst all other bleach products. Add your favourite detergent to wash water before adding clothes or bleach. Add ½ cup of regular bleach to wash water after your detergent, but before adding clothes. For optimal results, it is recommend adding half a cup of regular washing bleach to water five minutes after the wash cycle has begun.

Fabric softener: yay or nay? 

Many of us might think that fabric softeners are a just an optional product; however fabric softeners add freshness and softness on your clothes. It is mostly applicable while washing sweaters, sheets and towels. All you have to do is simply measure the correct amount of fabric softener and pour into the appropriate section of your washer's dispenser tray.

Be it towels, sheets or your clothes, a good wash up is always a positive way to make your clothes last long. It is required to do laundry daily because the more piles, the more work. So, gather your utensils now for a good wash-up for your favourite outfit!

By Sumaiya Tasnim 

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