9 Crucial Laundry Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Clothes

4. Using softener for all types of clothes

Besides making the fabric more velvety, linen softener facilitates ironing. However, it also reduces fabric absorbency over time, so you’d better not use it for washing towels, sportswear, or other items made from microfiber, elastane, or spandex.

5. Machine washing lingerie

With automatic washing, bras quickly stretch and lose their shape, so it’s best to wash them by hand. The same applies to lace lingerie and swimsuits.

Conversely, nylon tights can be washed in the machine if several simple rules are followed:

  • Use a special detergent for delicate washing.
  • Wash at 90°F and at a low speed.
  • Put the tights into a special washing bag.
  • Turn the tights inside out.

6. Using bleach for elastane, lycra, or spandex

Bleach with chloride is a rather aggressive agent that weakens fibers, so it shouldn’t be overused with any materials. This is especially true for elastane, lycra, and spandex, which will quickly lose elasticity if washed with bleach. Here are some more tips on how to take care of these things:

  • Wash them only in cool water.
  • Don’t use fabric softener.
  • Don’t dry them in an automatic dryer.
  • Don’t iron them.

7. Washing denim too frequently

Denim producers have a radical opinion on this point: they advise giving up machine washing altogether in order to preserve the color for longer. If you’re not ready to follow this recommendation, the optimal interval between 2 washes is a period of 2 to 6 months depending on how often you wear your jeans and on the individual characteristics of your body.


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