There are a few skills that are important for everyone to have. Knowing how to cook, how to clean, how to buy groceries and how to pay taxes are a few of these skills. Knowing how to properly do laundry is another. Anyone who wears clothes (which is practically everyone) needs to be able to get those clothes clean without completely ruining them and rendering them unusable. At first, this may seem like a simple task, but with the incredible range of fabrics, fibers, colors, dyes, makes, detergents and washing methods it quickly becomes quite complicated. It is far easier to mess up a load of laundry than many people think.
- Dry Cleaning
There are some garments that should only be dry cleaned. This is why it is important to always check your labels before you wash anything for the first time. If a clothing label says “dry-clean only” then you need to take it to the dry cleaner and let them handle it. Do not attempt to clean it at home. If it says “dry-clean” then it’s recommended that you take it to a dry cleaner but you may be able to wash it at home. Professional dry cleaners will be able to completely clean your garments while keeping them safe and in good shape, then, using dry cleaning communication, they will ensure your clothing is returned only to you.
- Using A Standard Washing Machine
If you have a washing machine in your house or in your apartment you will be able to wash most of your clothes without leaving home. Most clothing is sturdy enough to be washed in a standard washing machine while still keeping its color and maintaining its shape. However, just because something can be washed at home doesn’t mean you should throw it in the washer and be done. You should always check clothing labels for the recommended washing directions and set your washing machine accordingly.
- Washing By Hand
Sometimes, you will be able to wash something solely by hand. If you have a garment that’s more delicate than your everyday wear but it does not need to be dry cleaned, then it may hold up well with hand washing. Hand washing is also a good way to pretreat stains.
In order to get the most use out of your clothing, and to hang on to your favorite pieces, it’s important to know how to wash all types of garments properly.