Save Water. Doing laundry involves a lot of usage of water. Water is a scarce resource in urban areas, with groundwater reserves depleting at an alarming rate. Hence, water usage when doing laundry is of utmost importance. One way to save water when doing laundry is to stretch your laundry cycle to a fortnightly routine rather than weekly. Another way is to wear the same clothes for a longer period than throwing them in the laundry basket the moment you come home. You can hang out your clothes to air over the night, and they will still be fresh enough to wear another day or two. Trousers especially can be worn several times before they need to be washed. Wearing more of black than light shades is a great way to save water since dirt won’t show and you can launder them over a long stretch rather than weekly.
Save on laundry costs. Most people use more detergent than is necessary. This stems from the misconception that more detergent will get the dirt off your clothes better than less. In the long run therefore, you end up incurring a lot more on your laundry costs. Hence, follow the instructions on the detergent packaging precisely, and use the correct ratio of load weight to detergent weight. This will reduce your laundry costs substantially.
Change for the seasons. After each season, send your clothes and fabrics to be dry cleaned. The dry cleaning process is an elaborate chemical procedure that can only be done by professionals trained in the art. The professional treatment will ensure that your expensive fabrics last longer and fresher.
Pre-soak fabrics. Soak your fabrics in warm water for an hour before washing. This is an excellent way to get stains and dirt off the fabrics before the machine starts its work.
Use the sun for whites. Put out your white clothes in the sun after they are washed. Natural sunlight keeps your whites whiter than any chemical bleach.
Towel Tips. Towels are items we use daily and hence collect a lot of dirt. There are bath towels, face towels, kitchen towels, and general cleaning towels. A great way to clean towels is to wash them first with hot water and vinegar, and then with hot water and baking soda. This treatment will remove the roughness from the towels and make them more absorbent.
Body Odor. The fibers of the fabric of your clothes absorb body moisture and give off an unpleasant odor, especially from the underarms. This odor may be removed by first soaking the garments in white vinegar for half an hour, and then washing in the normal way.
Stain Removal. The best way to remove stains from your clothes is to wash off the stained area as soon as it happens. Stains from tea, coffee, grease, and other liquids are notoriously difficult to get rid of, but if you take the trouble of washing them off the moment they happen, the stains can be removed completely when you wash those clothes later.
Machine Maintenance. Washing machines use powerful motors for the rotors and the automatic water cycles. Then there are hoses and pipes. Over time, these fittings may gather the dirt from the clothes and begin to clog. Hence, every two months, perform a maintenance wash following the instructions in the service manual of your washing machine. This will ensure that your machine keeps in good condition.
Choosing a Laundromat. Select a laundromat that is located near you. Check whether it offers all laundry services; including dry cleaning and shoe cleaning. Check whether it offer home service and doorstep service. A good laundry service should offer online services also.