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How to do laundry the proper way

| Wednesday February 8, 2023

Kick off the new year by taking control of your laundry routine and setting the stage for a fresh and organized year. Not only will proper laundry practices keep your clothes looking their best, but it can also save you money and resources in the long run. Follow these simple guidelines for a hassle-free laundry experience that will leave your clothes sparkling clean and in great condition.

Know the Laundry Symbols

Laundry symbols are a crucial tool for ensuring your clothes are properly cared for. These symbols, often found on clothing tags, provide a wealth of information on how to clean an item properly. They indicate the appropriate washing temperature, whether a garment should be bleached, if it can be ironed and if it should be dry cleaned. By following these symbols, you can help prolong the life of your clothing and prevent shrinkage, fading, or damage. Understanding and utilising these symbols can take the guesswork out of laundry and ensure your clothes look their best for longer.

Sort your laundry

Properly sorting your laundry is essential for keeping your clothes looking their best. By understanding the specific needs of different fabrics and colours, you can ensure that each item receives the care it needs to look its best. From separating white and coloured clothes to sorting through which articles of clothes are delicate fabrics, taking the time to sort your laundry can make all the difference in maintaining the quality and longevity of your wardrobe.

Sorting laundry by colour and fabric type

Sorting your laundry by colour is not only a smart way to keep your clothes looking vibrant and new, but also prevents disasters like colour bleeding. Make sure to separate your whites, lights, and darks, and wash them separately for optimal results. But colour sorting is just the beginning as there is still much more to take into consideration when doing your laundry.

Delicate fabrics like lace or silk require a gentle touch, so make sure to keep them away from heavyweights like denim or towels. And speaking of heavyweights, don’t forget to separate them from lighter items like t-shirts and sheets. This will not only protect your delicate clothes but also ensures that your washing machine distributes the weight evenly, preventing damage.

Separate your socks and underwear

Socks and underwear may be small, but they play a big role in keeping us fresh and clean. These articles of clothing are often prone to dirt and bacteria, making them prime candidates for frequent, high-temperature washings. By separating these small items from the rest of your laundry, you can take your cleanliness to the next level. Additionally, since these small items can easily get lost in the wash, by separating them from the rest of your laundry, you can be sure that all of your socks and underwear are properly cleaned, without the risk of them getting lost or damaged during the laundry process. 

Water temperature

Water temperature is a delicate balance when it comes to laundry. Sure, warm water can be more effective in removing dirt and stains, but it can also cause colours to fade and fabrics to shrink. But don’t be tempted to stick to cold water, as it may not be as effective in cleaning. So, how do you strike the perfect balance? Hot water is often used for white and heavily soiled items, while warm or cold water is used for delicate and coloured items. It’s a simple tip but it can make a world of difference in keeping your clothes looking fresh, vibrant, and in good condition.

Here are some general guidelines for water temperature when washing doing your laundry:

  • Whites and heavily soiled items: Hot water (around 54 – 60°C)
  • Colours and delicates: Warm water (around 38 – 43°C)
  • Delicates, wool and silk: Cold water (around 15 – 27°C)

Before washing your clothes, it is important to check the care label instructions as it gives specific recommendations on the appropriate water temperature for that particular item. Also, different detergents may work better at different temperatures, so it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for water temperature when using a specific detergent.

Using your shower heater instead

Instead of using a washing machine, you can also consider washing some of your smaller articles of clothes – such as socks, underwear and t-shirts, in your shower.

Hand washing a smaller amount of clothes uses less water as the amount of water used can be more precisely controlled when hand washing. Additionally, washing machines use a lot of energy, which hand washing eliminates as it does not require the energy needed to power a washing machine. With hand washing, you also have more control over the water temperature, which can be especially important for delicate fabrics or clothes with specific care instructions. 

In scenarios like this, you can rely on your shower heaters instead when you need hot water. Instead of waiting for a washing machine to fill up and go through the entire cycle, you can simply collect the hot water from your shower and use it to wash a load of clothes in a basin or sink. This can save you time and energy in loading your laundry.

Additionally, using less water and energy reduces the strain on our water resources, which can also help lower your environmental impact. It’s a small step, but combining it with other sustainable practices can significantly reduce our carbon footprint.

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If you’re looking for a way to deliver hot water to multiple points in your house, a storage water heater is a great option. These heaters are able to cater to hot water demands in showers, sinks, and washing machines. 

Rheem’s newest release is the EHG Smart WiFi Electric Storage Water Heater Series – which comes in a classic and slim range, is the perfect fit for any household, especially those of bigger families. 

If your house has limited space or has limited ceiling space, the EHG Smart WiFi Slim Electric Storage Water Heater would be a good fit for your home. Its slim design is able to fit perfectly in smaller bathrooms or tight ceiling spaces. 

With the newly added smart features, you can now control your water heater settings remotely on Rheem’s mobile application, which is available both on iOS and android. Receive real-time notifications on your phone and set your desired start and end heating time for your water heater. You can also choose your desired heating temperature from a range of 30°C to 75°C, all from the convenience of your smartphone.

The EHG Smart WiFi Electric Storage Water Heater Series also has an Eco-smart Mode, which will help optimise your water heater’s performance by learning your shower habits and water consumption to operate more efficiently. Save money and enjoy greater convenience in the long run with the EHG Smart WiFi Electric Storage Water Heater Series. 

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