I know, why do we want to read about that I hear you ask?! Who talks about this? No-one really, so I thought I would share with you the products I like and what I’ve been using recently. The products I use are very good (in my opinion) but also budget friendly so helpful with the old household budget… PLUS some of my best tips for washing and looking after your clothes, how to keep them alive for longer and how to get rid of stains…
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Separating the laundry
I like to separate the laundry in to a few piles but I’m not super fussy. I usually have a darks 30, colours 30, shirts, whites, dirty clothes and sheets and towels.
Before you put your clothes in the washer…
- Make sure all your pockets are empty- no one likes a white paper tissue sticking to all the clothes!
- undo all the buttons on shirts, it will stop the buttons pulling and it will be easier to iron as the holes will slightly tighten during the wash and when you hang it out to dry they will not be drying with the button in the hole
- Zip up all your zips- ever taken something out of the wash and the zip doesn’t work? If you leave the zips undone they pull in the wash and either the teeth dont match up afterwards or worse case- you can lose some teeth…
My everyday clothes
I was all of my clothes, unless for some reason they have become super dirty (muddy walk / falling over) at 30. A lot of my clothes are pretty snug so I can’t afford any shrinkage… in addition washing and ironing your clothes a lot wears them out. The less you wash them and the lower the temperature you use, the longer your clothes will last. On most machines when you’re washing at 30, a washing powder won’t dissolve as the water doesn’t get hot enough, so a liquid is usually better at low temperatures. The liquid I am using at the moment is the Persil Small & Mighty non-bio 60 wash laundry liquid, my family always used Persil growing up and I continue to use it as I like it and it suits my sensitive skin. However, I do sometimes use other liquids and I ensure they are non bio.
For my clothes (but not underwear) I also use a fabric softener. The one I love at the moment is the Comfort Concentrate Strawberry & Lily Kiss Creation Fabric Conditioner* . This is a relatively new thing for me. I used to think they were a bit of a waste of money if I’m honest, but I picked some of this product up as it was on offer on the end of an aisle and I was sucked in!! Anyhow, I really like it. I can’t honestly say that my clothes feel any softer BUT what I really like about it is the smell of the clothes, especially on sheets and towels. It’s really nice to pull a jumper out of the drawer which has been in there for weeks and it smells super fresh. So I’ve re-purchased this three times now and I like it. I don’t use it on underwear because I don’t like scented products on delicate areas.
I wash my whites on their own usually on a 30 or 40. I tend to use the washing liquid and then the fabric conditioner. I also include some Vanish Oxi Action Fabric Stain Remover . I love this stuff. I have a friend who always looks very clean- you know the type of people I mean- and her clothes always look almost new. She told me she uses this in every wash she does and it makes her clothes come out super clean!
When I say dirty I mean really dirty, my partner is a farmer, his clothes come home horrid… I wash his clothes if they aren’t too bad on a 40, sometimes twice on a 40 and if they’re really dirty they get a 60, but you have to be careful of 60 with the shrinkage! I am not very loyal on my washing powder, I always use non bio, I used to use the Persil non bio powder*, which is very good, but now I tend to just use which ever supermarket I shop from, their own brand non bio powder, at the moment we’re on the essential Waitrose non-biological powder, 22 washes . I think this one and the Sainsburys one are both very good and I would recommend. I don’t tend to use the fabric conditioner as I’m not sure he’d appreciate smelling like strawberry and vanilla… but sometimes I do if there’s a nasty smell I can’t get out of something- this can be good if clothes have got wet / damp during the day and even after a wash still smell fusty…
Bed sheets and towels
I like to give these a really good wash, at 60 unless the tag says 40! Again, I use the non-bio powder and the fabric conditioner… To get my towels super fluffy I tumble dry them! There’s nothing worse than a cardboard towel. Although I am fully aware that having a tumble dryer is a luxury- either financially or for having the space having only had mine just over a year! It has changed my life!
I try not to buy anything that is hand wash only because, really, who has the time? Annoyingly the most hand wash clothes in our house belong to my partner… When I do feel the need to tackle the handwashing I use a hand wash detergent, I like the Persil Silk & Wool* but the Co-op also do a good version of this. In fact, most supermarkets do a version of this. It’s not something that I buy that often.
Soiled clothes and soaking
Inevitably accidents happen and stains on clothes are rubbish. My top tips for stains are:
- Always run under warm water, never cold- the cold will set the stain in place
- Rub a thick mix of Vanish powder* (or get one of those stain sticks*) and rub the fabric against each other
- Soak- either in a bowl or sink- but be careful the water isn’t too hot if the stain is on a delicate fabric OR- top tip from my Granny- put the clothes in to wash in the machine, once the water has filled with the detergent, pause the cycle. The clothes will sit there in the machine soaking in the soapy water until you press play again. This is very fuss free
My washing machine
If anyone is interested, we have the HOOVER – Dynamic One Touch DXOC48C3 Smart Washing machine*, we’ve only had it for a few weeks but so far so good!
Hope this was of interest, would love to hear your favourite products and any laundry tips you may have!