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Get the laun­dry done faster and more eas­ily with th­ese tips.

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Cover Reads - BY SA­MAN­THA ANN YOUNG

Tips for get­ting your laun­dry done faster.

1 Wash daily wear at 30 deg C to min­imise wrin­kles and save time on iron­ing. The cold-wa­ter cy­cle is enough to clean items that are not heav­ily soiled. Hot wa­ter tends to crease and even shrink clothes, says Ed­die Ang, se­nior op­er­a­tions man­ager of Cot­ton Care.

2 Spin hardy items on the high­est cy­cle.

This speeds up the dry­ing process, whether you hang up or tum­ble-dry the items. “Tow­els, T-shirts, jeans and bed sheets can take heavy spin­ning,” says Ed­die. Use liq­uid de­ter­gent in­stead of a pow­dered one to pre-treat oily stains. Liq­uid de­ter­gents spread over stains more eas­ily than pow­dered ones and re­move greasy spots more ef­fec­tively. 1 Toss a clean bath towel and a ten­nis ball into the dryer along with your laun­dry. They’ll pre­vent damp gar­ments from stick­ing to­gether in the dryer so that the clothes dry more ef­fi­ciently, says Fred­er­ick Koh, op­er­a­tions man­ager of For the Love of Laun­dry. The bounc­ing move­ment of the ball will give blan­kets and tow­els a fluffy fin­ish, adds Ed­die.

2 Air-dry damp shirts and pants to ease out creases.

Hang your pants up­side-down to straighten them, says Fred­er­ick. The weight of the waist­band pulls down the fab­ric and smooths out the wrin­kles. Less iron­ing needed! 1 Iron your clothes straight out of the dryer when they’re slightly damp. The fi­bres of tex­tiles are re­laxed when they are damp, mak­ing it eas­ier and faster to get wrin­kles out, says Si­mone Klug, Man­ager Prod­uct Re­search GC at Philips.

2 Work your way up the heat set­tings.

Ed­die rec­om­mends start­ing the iron­ing ses­sion with fab­rics that need the low­est heat, like ny­lon, acrylic and silk, be­fore work­ing up to the rest like cot­ton and linen. But leave a few del­i­cates to the end – you can press them af­ter switch­ing off the iron. It takes a while for the ap­pli­ance to cool down and the resid­ual heat will be enough for such items. 3 Place alu­minium foil un­der the iron­ing board cover to cut down on iron­ing time. This works es­pe­cially well for del­i­cate cloth­ing, says Ed­die. Change the foil reg­u­larly as pro­longed heat­ing may cause the foil to leach and stain your board cover, iron and clothes. Al­ter­na­tively, use the Te­flon Iron Plate ($15.20, Ama­zon.com), an at­tach­ment to your iron’s sole­plate that re­duces fric­tion and makes iron­ing eas­ier.

WASH

DRY

IRON

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