There are so many laundry hacks to help make washing your clothes easier and more effective, but you cannot believe everything you hear. We gathered some of the most popular laundry myths in order to properly debunk them once and for all.
Myth #1: Use More Detergent For Cleaner Clothes
It may make sense at first to assume that more detergent results in a deeper clean, however, that is not the case. Adding more detergent than needed to a wash cycle creates excessive suds that leave residue on both your clothing and in the machine. Excess detergent can break down the fabric of your clothing and severely affect the functionality and longevity of your machine. If you feel that your load of laundry requires more detergent, you must increase the amount of water used in the cycle as well.
Myth #2 Washing Machines Wash Themselves
Modern washing machines clean your clothes and linens fast and efficiently, but most models lack self-cleaning capabilities. This means that the dirt and bacteria that gets removed from your garments while washing can remain in the machine, leaving unwanted odors or mildew with it. In order to keep your machine clean and functioning, add distilled white vinegar to a warm cycle to clear any of the remaining bacteria. Recent models may have a self-cleaning cycle. Whichever method you choose, we highly recommend performing a washing machine cleaning cycle once every 4 to 6 weeks.
Myth #3: Rub Stains to Get Rid of Them
There are many methods and old wives tales regarding stain removal, but the most important thing to note is that the stain should be treated as soon as possible. While it may be your instinct to rub the stain off with heavy friction, this action can damage the fabric even further. Strong scrubbing motions may easily wear away the fabric and potentially cause the stain to spread even further. Instead of rubbing, use gentle dabbing motions working from the outside inward to treat the stain. If it is still visible after that, you may need to saturate it overnight to see results, adding a bit of stain remover or detergent to the stain is also recommended.
Myth #4 Dryers Shrink Clothes
We’ve all shrunk our own, or even worse, someone else’s piece of clothing. It’s common to blame the shrinkage on the dryer, but turns out, it’s the washing machine that’s guilty. Most often, shrinking occurs when garments are washed in a hot water cycle. The dryer actually has more of a stretching affect, rather than shrinkage. This is why it is always important to read the care tags on your clothing carefully to see what conditions are right for the piece.
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