Many of us who own a washing machine with dryer seem to think laundry involves dumping in dirty clothes, pouring in some detergent and letting the machine work its magic. While they are able to deliver a good wash under a variety of circumstances, we can increase their performance by putting in a little more time and effort.
Here’s a detailed 7-step guide for washing clothes efficiently:
1) Sort your laundry
Different types of fabrics can tolerate different amounts of water pressure and tumbling. Before you wash your clothes, you have to sort them into different piles, depending on the colour and material of the clothes.
Light clothes should be separated from dark clothes to prevent dyes from darker clothes running off and staining lighter ones. Similarly, heavy linen like towels and clothing items like denim jeans can be washed on a heavier wash cycle while delicate fabrics like silk should be a lighter setting.
2) Pre-treat stained clothes
Clothes are often soiled by food, ink, dirt or sweat. It’s possible to get rid of those tough stains in a single wash. The trick is to pre-treat them as soon as possible. Before you put soiled garments in a regular cycle of your Mabe automatic washing machine, you have to give its stained portions a little individual attention.
For sweat, pour vinegar over the discoloured area and rub salt into it. Dry the garment out in the sun before washing it.
For ink, place a towel beneath the stain and apply hair spray generously over it. After several seconds, blot the stain with a clean cloth.
For dirt, brush off as much as possible. Using water and a gentle detergent, rub the stained fabric together to create suds. If there are any remaining stains, use equal parts white vinegar and water to remove and finish with a wash as usual.
For food, the process varies depending on the kind of food that caused the stain.
3) Select the appropriate water temperature
In order to effectively wash clothes, it is important to select the right temperature on your washing machine with dryer.
For lighter colours, hot water may be used to release dirt and undo stains. For darker colours, cold water is preferable because it reduces the amount of dye that will run off. This means dark clothes won’t fade as fast either.
Sometimes, fabric material is also a consideration when selecting water temperature. Cotton fabrics, for instance, should be washed in cold water to prevent shrinking.
4) Select the right size load
Many washing machines with dryers come with a setting that allows you to choose the right size load for the amount of clothing you have.
The general rule of thumb is that if your clothes fill up a third of the machine, you should select small. If they occupy two-thirds, you should select medium, and if they fill up the whole machine, you should select large.
It’s important to note that a machine should never be overloaded. Not only does this lead to ineffective washing, but it can also damage the machine drum.
5) Select the correct washing cycle
The washing cycles of a Mabe automatic washing machine are programmed to suit specific type of washing loads.
White clothes can be washed on regular or normal cycle. Coloured clothes can be washed on the permanent-press cycle, which begins the wash with warm water and ends it with cooler water. This helps ensure the colour-fastness of the clothes. Delicate items such as undergarments, sweaters or dress shirts should be washed on the delicate cycle; however, it is worthwhile to check their care label to determine whether handwashing or dry-cleaning is a better option.
6) Use the right amount of detergent
You can use washing powder, bleach and/or fabric softener to do your laundry in a washing machine with dryer.
Using the right type of washing agent in appropriate amounts leads to effective washing. The more clothes you’re washing in a single load, the more detergent you will need. Be careful not to overuse detergent or it won’t rinse out of your washing machine and lead to a build-up of mold or mildew. Read the guide provided on the packaging of your detergent to understand how much you need.
When your clothes have tough stains or your white clothes have yellowed, you might consider using bleach. Chlorine-based bleach can only be used to brighten white clothes, while all-fabric bleach may be used on coloured clothes.
You can also add fabric softener during your rinse cycle to perfume your clothes and increase their life.
7) After washing, move your clothes to the dryer and select the right cycle
Like washing machines, dryers also come with cycle settings that should be selected based on the colour and material of fabrics.
White clothes can be dried on the regular/heavy setting that uses the hottest air and most intense tumbling. Permanent press is better for coloured clothes. The moderate heat and pressure help protect the clothes’ colour-fastness. Of course, delicate clothes should be also be dried on a delicate setting, which uses room temperature air and minimal pressure.