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