12 Laundry Mistakes to Avoid

Using an Excessive Amount of Detergent

When you use too much detergent, scents might get trapped in your clothes. It can also make the clothes in the dryer wetter. Fortunately, there’s an easy cure for this; simply read the amount of detergent advised for your load.

Too Much Scrubbing of Stains

Scrubbing stains too vigorously might spread the stain even further. Instead, try various stain removal tactics or scrub the stain slowly, making sure to stop if the stain spreads.

I Forgot to Empty My Pockets

Not only would forgetting to empty your pockets spoil whatever was in them, but it may also cause harm to the washer. Metal objects can shatter the front-loading window glass in a washer. The most straightforward solution is to check all of your pockets before washing.

I’m not reading the warning labels on the products I’m buying.

You won’t know whether there are any specific cleaning instructions for your clothes if you don’t read the care tags. However, as with many of the other errors on this list, the solution is as simple as paying closer attention to the care labels.

Sorting Laundry by Color Isn’t Enough

This is a common mistake made by folks who are just starting to do their own laundry. If you don’t separate your lights, darks, reds, and blues, your clothes’ colors will merge. In a load of mixed colors, white t-shirts turn pink. Simply sort your garments by color for a quick repair.

Your Zippers Aren’t Zippered

Zippers can snag on fabrics in the wash and pull your clothes apart during the spin cycle if you don’t zip them up. Before washing, double-check that your jackets are completely zipped up.

Your Shirts Should Be Buttoned

If you leave your shirts buttoned, the threads around the buttons will weaken and finally come clean off. Simply leave all buttons unbuttoned before placing them in the washing machine.

Using an Excessive Amount of Bleach

Bleach is a two-edged sword: on the one hand, it can erase stains, but it can also damage perfectly nice clothing. Clothing that has been too bleached will have fibers destroyed and will turn a red shirt pink.

Washing Machine Overloading

Overloading your washer can lead to troubles in the future. These include putting undue strain on the washer, causing it to last for a shorter period of time.

Items marked “Dry Clean Only” should not be washed in the machine.

Making this error will make it much more difficult to wear your garments. When you wash dry clean only clothes in the washer, they shrink by 2-3 sizes from their original size. You shouldn’t have any problems as long as you only wash what needs to be washed and not what doesn’t.

Wet Clothes in the Washing Machine

Leaving clothes in the washing for an extended period of time is common; if you notice a nasty stench, you’ve left your garments in for too long. Unfortunately, the only option to get rid of this odor is to wash your garments once more.

Clothes That Have Been Over-Dried

Over drying garments causes the majority of clothing damage; it shrinks, warps the elastic, and wears down items over time. If you wish to fix this problem, set your clothes to a low temperature.