Common Laundry Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Clothes (And What to Do Instead)

It’s no secret that clothing, like many other things these days, can be very expensive. And while high-end pieces are definitely not a necessity, it’s nice to have some good options to rely on when you’re stuck on what to wear.

And the last thing we want is to ruin our clothes by accident and have to shell out money to replace them. While this can easily happen by accident, a common laundry step that many of us do could actually be causing a lot of damage.

Not only can it wreak havoc on your clothes, but also on your washing machine, which is much more expensive to replace than a couple of T-shirts.

Consumer experts at Which? have urged people to start taking better care of their clothes to avoid extra costs and also to minimise the impact on the planet. They have highlighted a couple of tips and tricks to follow, including a very common washing mistake that many people are guilty of.

To keep your clothes in better condition for longer, it may be worth stopping using fabric softener, as it can leave residues on clothes that build up over time and can be difficult to remove.

Using this detergent can also make it harder for the detergent to penetrate and clean your clothes. It can also make towels less effective at absorbing water and can irritate sensitive skin.

However, if you want your clothes to be soft when they come out of the wash, there is a simple product you can use that is not as damaging and is also much cheaper.

Distilled vinegar can be used as an additional step when washing clothes to keep them fresh and soft. Simply hand wash the clothes first with a little vinegar diluted in water, before placing them in the washing machine as usual.

Baking soda can also help soften clothes – simply add a cup to the dispenser tray before washing.

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