I remember a time when I used to take my time hand washing my favorite garments. Nowadays, I just put them in the washing machine and hope they turn out fine, which I’m sure many of you do as well.
However, for those of you out there who still believe in hand washing and have the time for it, here are some tips for hand washing that you might find useful.
Fill the Sink First
In order not to stress the garment, be sure to fill the sink (or basin) with lukewarm or cold water (as per label) and some detergent before you place the garment inside.
Soak Don’t Scrub
For stains, try to avoid scrubbing as it could destroy the garment. Instead, apply a stain remover or a liquid detergent over the stain and let it soak for some time.
Placing garments under running water can cause them to stretch. To rinse the garment, soak it in clean water repeatedly and squeeze it gently until it is detergent free.
Squeeze Don’t Twist
The best way to preserve your garments from damage, especially the delicate ones, is to gently squeeze them dry rather than twisting and wringing them.
Do Not Hang to Dry
Unlike cotton fabrics, delicates might stretch out if they are hung out to dry. Instead, consider laying them flat over a towel or on a clean dry surface. You can also air-dry delicates on a drying rack. If the dry garments are wrinkled, check their care label for appropriate ironing temperature, and if necessary, press the garments gently to finish.
Finally, always remember to read the garment instructions label before washing it. Some garments require dry cleaning and should not even be hand washed.
I hope you enjoyed my tips for hand washing clothes, and stand by for more!