How to make laundry easier, simpler and faster part 3. The definitive guide to washing symbols and a hot money saving tip!
It’s a great idea to use a laundry basket with two or three compartments so that your dirty washing is pre-sorted. Then when one compartment is full throw it into your washer at a time to suit you. I find it easiest to pop in a load as soon as I get home from work.
When you have invested your hard-earned money on good quality clothes it’s essential that you give them the care that they deserve. Always check garment labels and follow the Dairy Diary’s guide to washing symbols:
The definitive guide to washing symbols
Nearly all fabrics are machine washable these days, and most washing machines handle them with the care they deserve. Sort your clothes and linens by colour and fabric type, and check labels.
Unless absolutely necessary, try to wash clothes at 30 degrees, as this uses less energy and is kinder to the environment. In any case, avoid washing an item at a higher temperature than recommended by the manufacturer, because this can cause it to shrink or change colour.
- Every so often, run a higher temperature
programme with the machine empty, to
clean out greasy residues and kill off
Fill your washing machine loosely. Overloading not only adds to the number of creases that will need ironing out, but can damage your clothes and even your machine. If you are washing woollens, this may mean washing just two or three items in one load.
And a hot money saving tip!
I recently discovered laundry eggs. As an eco-friendly alternative to washing powder, which claim to be kind to sensitive skin and very cost-effective, I was intrigued. Eco Egg kindly sent a sample for me to try out on my (quite frankly very mucky) family.
The Laundry Egg contains two types of cleaning pellets: tourmaline pellets – that weaken the adhesive forces between the dirt and fabric, and white mineral pellets – that naturally ionize the oxygen molecules in the water which then penetrate deep into the fabric lifting away the dirt and grime, without fading colours or damaging fibres.
The first time I washed with the Ecoegg was for the children’s bedding. It looked perfectly clean when it came out of the washing machine but it didn’t smell as fresh usual. However, at bedtime when I mentioned to the children that they had clean bedding and asked if they smelled nice, they replied ‘mmmm nice fresh bed’. That’s good enough for me!
As well as being suitable for sensitive skin, the great thing about this Ecoegg is that it lasts for up to 210 washes (that works out at less than 5p per wash!) Obviously I do not count every wash but I have assumed that we do around four loads of washing each week and have put a note in the diary to buy a new one early next year.
As the egg leaves virtually no scent on the clothes, I use the fabric conditioner with it, which has a pleasant fragrance, and also add a few drops of lavender essential oil. I usually tackle any stubborn stains prior to washing using the Dairy Diary Stain Removal Guide and so with this approach and the Eco Egg my family’s clothes are left spotlessly clean and smelling good too. Yay!
For more information on EcoEggs visit www.ecoegg.com
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