Are you still a bit of a laundry newbie? Call your mom every time you’re unsure of how to get that red wine/ chocolate/ nail polish stain out? No judgment, but this could be the article for you. So many people swear by washing their clothing a certain way, but experts in the laundry industry say that it’s probably time to ditch those old habits.
You should wash after every wear
This is one of the biggest myths about caring for your clothing. Most of your pieces do not need to be washed after every single wear, and you are probably shortening their life span by subjecting them to a wash when they don’t need it. Items like jeans and jackets should be washed very conservatively, and the only items you need to wash after every wear are workout clothing and underwear.
Dry-cleaning preserves your expensive clothing
Most people assume that taking your treasured designer pieces to the dry-cleaner will ensure that they stay in mint condition. In a lot of cases, dry cleaning is too harsh on your clothing, and can result in premature pilling and fabric degradation.
Hanging your clothes is the best way to dry them
We may have been taught to always hang dry our clothes, but doing this can result in misshapen items. Sometimes drying your clothes on a hanger will actually cause damage, as the item is weighed down with water and is therefore pulling on the rest of the fabric. Especially with fine knitwear, this can cause the item to have a stubborn hanger mark on the shoulder or even for it to stretch beyond repair.
Bleach is fine for all stains
Turns out that the big bottle of bleach in your laundry probably isn’t doing much for the state of your clothing. Whether you’re using it to return your whites back to their bright original state or to get out that pesky dark stain, bleach is too strong for most fabrics and is doing more damage than good.