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Are you doing the laundry right? How to do the laundry

It may sound like a no-brainer, something you’ve done since you were old enough to begrudgingly have to, but many still find doing the laundry quite a struggle.

It’s safe to say that most people know how to chuck some clothes into the machine and press ‘go’, but, without the right know-how, this can yield pretty unsatisfactory results, leaving you smelling like a damp tent for that big interview or bar mitzvah.

At Vivastreet, not only do we have ads for a great many second-hand, cheap appliances to aid the washing and drying of clothes, we also endeavour to provide you with handy blog posts about how to use them.

So, without further ado:

Are you doing the laundry right

Get those clothes sorted

Don’t mix up your coloured clothes and your whites, your wool with your delicates or anything else that you don’t think your parents would mix. It will ruin them, and your day.

Don’t overload

Do your washing in batches as small as you can reasonably make them; your machine will wash them better and would thank you for your courtesy and foresight, if it could talk.

Read instructions for the correct setting and detergent

If you’re doing something on handwash, don’t set it on a wash for too long or too hot, as it will probably make mincemeat of the item in question, and your self esteem. Get those instructions and find out what’s best. The same can be applied to detergent, the variants of which are many. Once this is done, you can sit back and enjoy the Spinning Laundry Show, or get on with your life in other ways.

Dry the laundry properly

Once the proverbial curtain has fallen on the Spinning Laundry Show, it’s time to dry. If you’re fortunate enough to have a tumble dryer, it is important again not to overload, but you’ve got it slightly easier than those who shall have to dry manually. If this is you, get the clothes hung out spaciously to allow the air to reach them, and hang them outside if it’s warm.

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