Best practices for doing the laundry

Laundry is often one of the least favourite household chores – but it needn’t be. With a few simple tricks and a foolproof system for spotting stains, you can have all that laundry done in no time.

Here are our top tips for hassle-free laundry:

Read the labels

Manufacturers label your clothing for a reason. These labels tell you the best way to care for your clothing, including what can go in the washing machine or dryer, whether the fabric reacts to heat, water, or certain types of cleaning product.

Use a series of bins

It’s handy to use a series of smaller bins or hampers in your laundry to sort washing into different piles – towels, bedding, whites, delicates, cotton, etc. Having these hampers already available allows you to sort as washing comes in, saving you time when it comes to washing.

Choose the best detergent

When it comes to making healthy decisions for your family, choosing laundry detergent has a huge impact. Detergents leave a residue on clothing, that is then worn against the skin. Most detergents purchased from the supermarket contain harmful chemicals like chlorine bleach that can irritate the skin, and have been linked to other negative health effects.

Opting for an all-natural laundry detergent like Living Green ensures your clothing remains healthy for your whole family. It also prevents these harmful ingredients from making their way into waterways and harming the environment.

A final benefit of all-natural laundry detergent is the fact that it’s gentler ingredients keep clothes looking and feeling like new for much longer.

Match temperature and cycle

All that sorting and label-reading you’ve done will enable you to accurately set your washing machine to the correct cycle and temperature for each fabric type.

Washing in cold water is usually fine for most loads and will help you save money on your electrical bill. However, there are always exceptions. For example, clothes like underwear and bed sheets are covered in oil from your body (so should be washed in warmer water), cold water can set certain stains, and hot water can sanitize towels.

Check and check again

As you load the washing machine, do a final check on labels and for items stuffed into pockets. Hold each item up and scan for stains that have gone unnoticed. You can treat these before they go into the machine. Close zippers and buttons and place delicate items in laundry bags.

Now you’re ready to wash!

For a selection of all-natural laundry products, see Living Green.

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