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Top five laundry hacks

Our top five laundry lifesavers and washing wins.

Whether you're a student faced with your first ever laundry pile or a busy parent putting in yet another load, we can help you clean up.

But before you make a beeline for the machine, remember that airing or spot cleaning can be just as effective and will save you money.

And try to reduce how often you wash your clothes – over-washing can seriously affect their lifespan.

1. Spot the difference

Spot cleaning needs to be done as soon as possible after your clothing has been stained.

Use a gentle laundry liquid and a soft, clean damp cloth to gently rub the stain.

Rinse the cleaned area to remove any laundry liquid.

Dry the garment flat on a towel.

2. Prepare to succeed

Sort your clothing into loads according to colour (light, dark, bright) and fabric (heavy, delicate). Any new garments that might run should be washed separately.

Place delicate items, like lace underwear, in a mesh bag.

Empty pockets, close zips and connect bra hooks so they don't snag on other garments.

Turn clothes inside out. This will protect prints on T-shirts, prevent the outside of garments from fading and pilling (bobbles) and stop things like buttons from snagging on other garments.

Sort out stains – especially prone areas like collars and cuffs – as you load the machine.

3. Washing wins

Use the coolest, gentlest cycle possible for the type of clothes you're washing. It saves energy AND makes your clothes last longer.

Most detergents work brilliantly at low temperatures – check the pack for information.

Eco detergents tend to be more expensive, but they're kinder to the environment and your clothes, saving you money in the long run.

More is less with detergent – adding extra measures can do more harm than good as it leaves a damaging residue on your clothes after rinsing.

4. Drying dos and don'ts

Avoid tumble drying. It can damage your clothes and uses A LOT of electricity.

Line-dry wherever possible. It's tricky if you don’t have a garden, but a drying rack is a good alternative.

5. Ironing out the issues

With a bit of smart thinking, you can reduce how much you need to iron. It will save you time and extend the life of your clothes.

Hang garments after drying as many creases will drop out naturally – hanging them in a steamy bathroom after a shower is even better.

Using a low-heat setting on your iron makes it cheaper to run while being kinder to your clothes.

Hanging garments up after ironing will keep them wrinkle-free.

Confused by care labels?

Use our handy Care Label Guide to brush up on your knowledge when it comes to washing, drying and ironing to make sure your clothes are cared for in the best possible way.

Guide to Care Labels