How to do laundry: the best tips
Written by: Christina Pichler, 05.08.2021
Written by: Christina Pichler, 05.08.2021
Before you can start the actual washing process, you will need to do a little bit of preparation first! It is best to sort your laundry by color and material. Light, dark, colorful – with this simple classification you can pre-sort your laundry best. Washing the same or similar colors together is a great thing to do as they will not stain each other or get discolored. Be careful with new clothes, especially those with strong colors. Before putting new clothes into the washing machine for the first time, test it with a short hand wash in the sink to avoid it staining all of your other shirts.
Sorting by texture is especially important when washing fine fabrics: lace, silk or real wool, for example. These require low temperatures and a lower spin than “normal” shirts. For delicate underwear, it is also advisable to use washing bags in order to prevent the delicate material from getting caught in other parts.
With this wash cycle you can wash insensitive textiles made of cotton and linen, bed linen and towels. Washing at 60 degrees is advised for these wash cycles to hygienically clean your laundry.
This wash cycle is a real all-rounder! You can wash almost all of your clothes with it. Washing at 30 degrees is usually sufficient. Textiles made from mixed materials are particularly good at this washing program!
As the name suggests, the delicates program is recommended for delicate fabrics such as blouses, dresses, skirts, but you can also wash underwear and socks with this program too. Bras made of lace can also be put in, but it is best to use a laundry bag for this. Washing your delicates at 30 degrees will be the right choice.
Wool / Hand wash
This program is extremely gentle and well suited for very sensitive materials. It is a cold wash program (up to 30 degrees). In addition, your textiles are not spun here, which is particularly important with wool, as it will otherwise shrink. Caution: because of the missing spin your laundry is often very wet after this wash cycle and can drip when hanging up. However, wool sweaters should not be hung up to dry anyways, but laid out flat!
Whether you choose the scent of lavender or apple for your laundry detergent is entirely up to you and your preferences, but there are a few other things to consider when choosing a detergent. There is a separate detergent for almost every wash program. If you don’t have a lot of storage space or don’t have the budget for a complete laundry room equipment, we recommend that you keep two simple questions in mind when buying detergent: Do I have a lot of sensitive fabrics (silk, wool, etc.)? Which colors dominate my wardrobe?
Washing colored laundry is usually easier than washing white or dark colors. Universal, heavy-duty or colored detergents can be used for Cotton and Synthetics and for the easy-care program, wool and mild detergents should be used for more sensitive fabrics! Powder detergents are particularly suitable for white colors, as these often contain bleach and contribute to a long-lasting, fresh white color. Warning: the bleach in the detergent does not pose a health risk, but is still bad for the environment.
If your laundry is heavily soiled, it is advisable to treat stains by hand before putting them in the washing machine. The best way to treat grease stains is with a little grease-dissolving dish wash soap. Simply apply the product to the area that needs to be treated shortly before the wash cycle, let it sit for a few minutes and then, without rinsing, put it in the washing machine as normal.
Regarding the dosage of your detergent, it is best to read what is recommended directly on the detergent packaging or choose the amount of detergent based on the contamination of your laundry!
You just moved out of home and don’t have enough budget to buy a new washing machine? Your apartment is simply too small for a washing machine and dryer, or do you simply not come to wash in your shared apartment because your roommates keep using the machine? In these cases, it is worth going to the laundromat! In most bigger cities, there are great offers for washing clothes and often the detergent is even included in the wash cycle, so you don’t have to worry about that anymore!
If your first own home is in a dormitory, you’ve hit the jackpot! Most student homes, including STUWO, offer their residents their own laundromats. Here you don’t have to ask yourself: “When is the best time to do the laundry?” You can use the washing machine and dryer around the clock without disturbing anyone! The tumble dryer saves you time, but it consumes huge amounts of electricity and is therefore not particularly sustainable. We recommend that you hang up your laundry if you can. In summer, it is a good idea to do this outside in the garden, if possible. Otherwise you can use the laundry room in student dormitories or community buildings. Here you can dry your laundry without crowding your own four walls.
The laundromat is also great for making new friends! Perhaps you can give someone a good tip, lend your neighbor a bit of your laundry detergent or think together about what can and cannot be put in the 60 degree wash!
Now you should know how to properly sort and wash laundry and which detergent is the best choice for your textiles! We hope our tips on washing clothes could help you and your mountain of dirty laundry.
Good luck and have fun doing laundry!