Practical advice before, during and after washing:
Separate Your Laundry
Correctly separating your laundry will prevent your clothing from becoming discoloured. A good rule of thumb is to wash new clothing and vividly dyed fabrics with similar colours. Additionally, we would always recommend separating white and black clothing.
Use a Washing Bag
Clothing and accessories with details such as emblems or buckles should be placed inside a washing bag to avoid damaging both the item itself and the rest of your laundry. Zips and Velcro should be fully fastened to minimise the risk of damage. To achieve the best results when washing shirts in particular, they should be fully unbuttoned, turned up at the collar and washed inside out.
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Use the Right Amount of Detergent
Using too much detergent won’t make your clothes any cleaner. In fact, it is likely to do the exact opposite. Too much detergent can make your clothes dirtier and even cause allergic reactions in those with sensitive skin. The amount of detergent should be proportional to capacity of your washing machine. A useful guideline can generally be found on the detergent's packaging.
Choose a Gentler Detergent
There are many advantages to using a gentle, unperfumed detergent. Strong chemicals are not only bad for the environment, but they can even be bad for your health. Perfumed detergent, however pleasant the scent, can cause allergic reactions.
Hére: TGC048 Tulip Sensitive Detergent
from Tangent GC
Avoid Fabric Conditioner
Just like detergent, fabric conditioners often contain perfumes that can irritate your skin and cause allergic reactions. Besides softening, perfuming, and making certain synthetic fabrics more supple, fabric conditioner is not particularly useful. It may even cause damage to certain materials such as Gore-Tex® and elastane. Using too much fabric conditioner can also exacerbate pilling in a number of materials. We therefore recommend avoiding fabric conditioner whenever possible and, if you need to use it, choosing a gentler, more environmentally friendly alternative.
Here: TGC042 Kiyomi Fabric Softener
from Tangent GC
Fill the Machine
Plan your laundry to avoid half-filling the machine, unless otherwise recommended in the washing instructions of a particular item. Items recommended to be washed at 30°, 40° and 60°C can be washed together, provided you follow the temperature and cycle recommendations of the most delicate item. Choosing the lowest spin speed reduces both energy consumption and wear.
Avoid High Temperatures
When washing your clothes, it is not only important that they are properly cleaned, but also that they last as long as possible without shrinking, losing colour or becoming misshapen. In most cases, a temperature of 30°C is more than adequate, with the exception of underwear and fabrics with dried-in stains.
Take Care when Handwashing
Handwashing is often more complicated than we think, and many of us make the mistake of judging the water temperature with our hands. Normal body temperature is around 37°C, so what we perceive as lukewarm is in fact too hot for handwashing. Handwash-only items are meant to be washed at 20-30°C, so the water should feel cold. If you are unsure of how to hand-wash a particular item, many machines have a wool or hand-wash cycle. Just make sure that the temperature of this cycle does not exceed 30°C.
Tumble Dry Sparingly
Many fabrics have a tendency to shrink or become misshapen at higher temperatures and should therefore not be tumble dried. Woollen and polyester items in particular should be laid flat when drying to prevent misshaping. Many other materials, including cotton, linen, and viscose should be drip-dried to avoid shrinkage.