What Everyone Gets Wrong When Doing Laundry

Laundry is one of those tedious, not-so-fun chores that needs to happen every week. After all, clean clothes are happy clothes, right? There are also so many things that can be cleaned in the washing machine that we didn't know about. We've come a long way from the hand-washing days, and thanks to the awesome washer and dryer, we have a little help. Fun fact: According to ThoughtCo., George T. Sampson, a Black inventor, got a patent for a dryer in 1892 by simply drying clothes utilizing the warmth generated by a stove — genius! 

While we have the basic knowledge of what settings to use for specific fabrics — and why it's not a good idea to leave clothes in the washer (because, lets face it, we all forget to make that transfer) — and that the washer and dryer itself need to be cleaned once in a while, there are laundry protocols we tend to not think about. Want to know what everyone gets wrong when doing laundry? Read on to find out.

The amount of laundry matters

Using too much detergent, according to The New York Times, is one mistake people make when doing laundry. When you do this, the detergent is tough to rinse off, and can end up staying on clothes which can cause irritation or allergic reactions. This can also result in needing an extra rinse or a load re-do. This can be especially true if you make your own laundry detergent and need to adjust the amount needed compared to commercial brands.

Another mistake? Filling up the washer drum to the very top and stuffing everything inside. We've all done it, as you don't want to deal with multiple loads to wash, dry, and fold. However, this seemingly time-saving trick can easily backfire. Clothes need room to move around in to make sure they're evenly washed. When transferring to the dryer, too many clothes can also double the time it takes to fully dry, not to mention result in more wrinkles, lint, and a bigger energy bill, according to The Maytag Store.

Use the right settings and care

The washer and dryer correct settings can make all the difference. While the normal setting can be a set it and forget it approach, paying attention to the specific washer and dryer functions are super beneficial to the longevity of your clothes and machines. According to The New York Times, there are several tricks to consider. For example, when dealing with water temperature, we can be a bit more lax on using warm for whites and cold for darks. With new technology in detergent and design, you can basically use cold water for all laundry. It helps with energy costs and is gentle on fabrics.

The last thing to remember is to take care of the washer and dryer. The washer can accumulate mildew and bacteria that will cause it to work harder to clean, as well as leave a moldy smell to clean clothes. There are tablets you can buy that will clean the drum, or you can make your own mixture with baking soda and distilled white vinegar. Finally, the dryer needs to be free of lint and dirt so that it can dry faster and more efficiently.