Bookmark these easy tips to make your laundry journey a total breeze.
The rainy season always poses this perennial dilemma: when will the sun come out so we can wash and dry our clothes? The last thing we want is that pesky stench lingering on clothes that can’t quite dry completely. If you can relate to this with a resounding ‘yes’, here are some handy tips to keep your laundry smelling fresh after washing.
5 tips for fresh and clean laundry
1. Washing machines need love and care too
It’s a real shocker, but did you know that a washing machine – that’s ironically used to clean – isn’t self-cleansing? To clean it, simply add a cup of white vinegar and run a hot washing cycle. Don’t forget to meticulously clean the rubber seals with a damp cloth and soak the detergent drawer in hot water to remove any residue. Repeat after us: a clean washing machine produces clean clothes.
2. A dryer is a total godsend
Trust us: this household essential allows you to dry your clothes, come rain or shine. We recommend getting the Bosch Heat Pump Dryer, which reuses heated air in a closed-circuit system. It consumes up to 50% less electricity than other types of dryers. Psst: it’s going at up to 58% off from now till while stocks last! And you don’t have to worry about clothes shrinkage with this intelligent appliance. With the AutoDry feature, intelligent sensors will automatically stop the machine once the laundry is dry.
Even better, it comes with a SelfCleaning Condenser, which uses water extracted during the drying cycle to clean itself too. You’re basically checking another item off the to-do list. Oh, and this is our all-time favourite feature: for cotton and synthetic drying, you can select three levels of dryness. There’s even an ‘Easy Iron’ or ‘Crease Guard’ option to minimise wrinkles, which makes your ironing experience totally smooth-sailing.
3. Don’t overload your washer or dryer
Let’s admit it: we’re all guilty of accumulating our clothes and stuffing them all in the washing machine. Or, just chucking everything from the washing machine straight into the dryer.
However, doing so prevents the clothes from being washed or dried properly, which brings you back to square one at the end of the day. Unfortunately, not only does this result in a higher electricity bill, but it also damages your washing machine in the long run.
4. Give your workout clothes some airtime
We bet this scenario is all too familiar: after a good workout sesh, you immediately dump your outfit into your laundry basket before taking a cold shower. Often, these clothes are left to sour in the middle of a pile. When they get thrown into the machine with the rest of the laundry… you know what happens next (and it’s not pretty).
Take it from us: it’s best to rinse these clothes first to get out all that nasty sweat and odour. If you want to get a perfume smell out of your clothes, you can also pre-soak them with baking soda before putting them in the wash.
5. You might need a new clothes basket for dirty clothes
Yes, even your dirty clothes hamper plays a part. If you have a hamper made out of cotton, for example, you’re in for a real treat, and not in a good way. That material soaks up oil, dirt and water from dirty clothes – and transfers all that to whichever clothes you throw into it. Choosing a hamper made of plastic or stainless steel might be a better option, just so you don’t accidentally create a breeding ground for germs and bad odours.
Bookmark these tips and say hello to crisp and fresh laundry all day, everyday. And don’t forget to purchase a Bosch Heat Pump Dryer at up to 58% off! Available at selected retail partners from now till while stocks last.
This post is in partnership with Bosch.