How to Avoid Damaging Clothes While Washing and Drying

Discover the keys to making your clothes last longer by avoiding common drying mistakes. Learn how to wash and dry your clothes correctly to ensure their longevity.

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If you use a washing machine and dryer incorrectly, it can easily cause damage and fading. Therefore, this article will go through common mistakes that many people make when washing and drying clothes, so that you know how to fix them. Let’s find out!

1Washing too many clothes at once

Most washing machines have a specified weight capacity for effective washing. It is important to research and follow this information to avoid washing too many clothes at once. Overloading the washing machine can cause fabric twisting, stretching, wrinkles, and damage to the clothes.

Washing too many clothes at once
Washing too many clothes at once

2Not hanging clothes immediately after washing

After washing, it is important to hang the clothes in a well-ventilated area with plenty of wind and sunlight to facilitate drying. Leaving clothes in the washing machine for too long can breed bacteria, mold that is harmful to health, and can also dirty the washing machine.

Not hanging clothes immediately after washing
Not hanging clothes immediately after washing

3Abusing bleach

Bleaching agents can quickly remove tough stains, but using too much can cause clothes to fade, become damaged, or lose color. It is important to use bleach in moderation and be cautious if you have sensitive skin or allergies to bleach.

Abusing bleach
Abusing bleach

4Soaking clothes for too long

Soaking clothes in water before washing may aid in stain removal, but it can unintentionally damage the fabric, weaken fibers, and cause discoloration. It is best to avoid soaking clothes for extended periods of time.

Soaking clothes for too long
Soaking clothes for too long

5Overusing the dryer

Overusing the dryer can weaken fabric, especially for clothes made of cotton. Clothes made of silk or linen are prone to wrinkles and fiber shrinkage when exposed to frequent high heat in the dryer. It is important to use the dryer in moderation and follow proper care instructions for different fabrics.

Overusing the dryer
Overusing the dryer

6Not zipping up clothes before washing

It is important to zip up pants and fasten zippers before washing to prevent damage to other clothes in the washing machine. Unzipped or open zippers can also scratch the washing drum and cause abnormal noise during washing.

Not zipping up clothes before washing
Not zipping up clothes before washing

7Not sorting clothes before washing

It is advisable to sort clothes before washing to ensure efficient cleaning and longevity of the clothes. Undergarments should be washed separately or placed in a laundry bag to prevent bacterial contamination. They should be washed every 1-2 days to prevent bacterial growth.

Not sorting clothes before washing
Not sorting clothes before washing

8Being rough with swimwear

Since swimwear can easily stretch, it is best to put them in a laundry bag and gently hand wash them. Hanging swimwear in a shaded area can protect the fabric from sun damage.

Being rough with swimwear
Being rough with swimwear

9Underloading the dryer

Underloading the dryer can waste energy and electricity. It is best to run the dryer with a sufficient amount of clothes to ensure efficient operation and prolong the lifespan of the machine.

Underloading the dryer
Underloading the dryer

10Pouring detergent and fabric softener directly onto clothes

Pouring detergent and fabric softener directly onto clothes can cause fading, fabric weakening, and increase the likelihood of tearing. It is best to follow the instructions and use the appropriate amount of detergent and fabric softener.

Pouring detergent and fabric softener directly onto clothes
Pouring detergent and fabric softener directly onto clothes

11Choosing the wrong detergent

It is important to choose the appropriate detergent for the type of washing machine you have (front-loading or top-loading) to ensure effective cleaning and avoid damaging the equipment. Different types of washing machines may require different detergents.

Choosing the wrong detergent
Choosing the wrong detergent

12Choosing the wrong washing and drying settings

Different types of clothing require different washing and drying settings. It is important to select the appropriate settings to avoid damaging the clothing during the washing and drying process.

Choosing the wrong washing and drying settings
Choosing the wrong washing and drying settings

13Using too much detergent and fabric softener

Using too much detergent and fabric softener can damage the fabric and leave chemical residue on the clothes. It is important to use the appropriate amount for the quantity of clothes being washed.

Using too much detergent and fabric softener
Using too much detergent and fabric softener

We have just shared some information about common mistakes in washing and drying clothes that can cause damage. It is important to follow proper care instructions and avoid these mistakes to maintain the quality and longevity of your clothes.

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