Why clothes are washed inside out: reasons that not everyone knows about
The instructions for almost any item call for turning it out before putting it in the washing machine or even before hand washing. Everyone knows that this way the condition of the fabric is better preserved. But how exactly can this protect textiles?
OBOZREVATEL has collected expert explanations. After reading them, you will no longer forget to turn your clothes out before washing.
Most dirt accumulates inside
When you wear a garment, it comes into contact with your body from the wrong side. Therefore, sebum and sweat accumulate on this side of the fabric. This is what causes yellow stains and a persistent odour. Washing the garment inside out can solve this problem.
Decor will be safe
Decorative elements such as embroidery, appliqués, rhinestones or sequins are on the front side, which is understandable. But they can be damaged during washing. To protect them from this, simply turn the garment inside out and all the decor will be inside and will not come into contact with other fabrics and the drum of the washing machine.
This way you won't forget about your pockets
How many times have you blamed yourself for not taking something out of your pocket before washing and ruining it or damaging your clothes? If you make it a habit to turn your clothes out before washing them every time, you will stop forgetting to empty your pockets. A small but important bonus, isn't it?
The fabric will retain its colour longer
No matter how good the dye is, it will gradually wash out of the fabric over time. You can slow down this process by turning your clothes out before washing. This is especially true for jeans and various delicate fabrics such as silk or chiffon.
How to load the washing machine correctly
How else can you make washing safer for your fabrics besides turning things out? Experts have some additional tips for this.
Do not overuse detergents
Excessive detergent or gel will not only fail to improve the quality of the wash, but can also damage the fabrics. This can leave marks and stains on the clothes.
Do not overload the drum
To save money on washing, you may be tempted to fill the washing machine with laundry. However, overloading the drum can at best reduce the efficiency of the wash. The detergent and water will not penetrate all the fabrics well, and the spin cycle will be less thorough. And in the worst case scenario, it can damage the machine.
Use a laundry bag
This tip is especially important for delicate fabrics such as knitwear or lace underwear. A mesh bag allows water to pass through well during washing, but at the same time minimises the contact of items with the drum and other coarser fabrics.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL published tips on how to properly wash and care for white clothes.