No one likes it when fabrics wear out, hems come undone, or colors fade. Although laundry is a difficult chore, there’s so much you can do to preserve your fabrics and keep your garments in the best condition for years. Here three proven laundry habits that help to preserve your fabrics:
1. Choose the Correct Washing Machine Setting
It’s a no-brainer that the washing machine settings determine the longevity of your fabrics. So, whether you’re washing a $5 t-shirt or an exquisite $1,000 antique quilt, it’s best to ensure that you choose the machine’s least harsh setting/speed.
Also, it’s advisable to use the recommended detergents when washing your items. Certain detergents preserve colors and also prevent shrinkage. Conversely, some detergents are not suitable for delicate fabrics. A quick Internet search or even a look at your garments’ care label instructions should give you an idea about the best detergent to use.
Of course, HappyNest offers a wide selection of detergents from which to choose.
Detergents: Tide, Gain, Cheer, All Free & Clear, Seventh Generation
Softeners: Downy, White Vinegar
Dryer Sheets: Bounce
Bleaches: Clorox, Oxi-Clean
2. Use Mesh Laundry Bags
Preserving your fabrics starts with the prep work that goes into doing laundry. One of the best decisions you can make is requesting a mesh laundry bag from HappyNest to protect your delicate garments and fabrics from damage. Come laundry day, all you’ll need to do is place your fabrics into the laundry bags first before washing them. In doing so, rips, tangles, clothes, and snags will be the least of your worries. Unfortunately, these are the leading causes of fabric damage.
3. Wash Your Clothes Inside Out
When you look at the care label instructions on your fabrics, you should expect to see this. However, most people overlook this simple instruction. Even so, it’s advisable to turn your clothes inside-out before you put them in a washing machine or big, blue HappyNest bag.
The spin cycle exerts a significant amount of wear and tear on your fabrics. It’s better for the inside of your clothes to be exposed and take the damage instead of the outside. Besides, if you’re washing fabrics with sequins, buttons, and beads, turning them inside-out helps prevent those embellishments from loosening or even falling off.
Bonus Point: Outsource Your Laundry
There’s no better way to preserve your fabrics than outsourcing your laundry needs to a wash and fold laundry company. At HappyNest, we pride ourselves on having the ability to preserve your fabrics while providing the best-in-class pickup and next-day delivery laundry service. We use not only hi-tech laundry equipment but also the recommended detergents. So, schedule your first pickup on our website or app today. Use TRYIT for $10 off your first pickup.