You've Been Washing Your Clothes Wrong This Whole Time!

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What if we told you that you're likely to waste over £150 worth of clothes a year because of the lack of care taken when doing a wash?

If you hate the laundry, then trust us when we say you're not the only one.

What if we told you that you're likely to waste over £150 worth of clothes a year because of the lack of care taken when doing a wash?

According to new research by Bosch, a staggering 540 million items are being chucked away unnecessarily every year - all because we've ruined them in the washing machine!

Apparently, this adds up to 10 items of clothing each, costing us a whopping £147.60!

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So which clothes are most likely to get binned?

According to the research, 72% of people ruin the following each year.

2 pairs of socks 

2 pairs of underwear 

2 jumpers 

2 T-shirts 

1 pair of pyjamas 

1 pair of jeans 

1 shirt 1 dress 

2 tops

That's pretty much enough clothes for a long weekend away on holiday!

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So how can you avoid throwing out the clothes you love?

TOP TIPS FOR WASHING YOUR CLOTHES:

  • Never use fabric softener on your towels, because it “makes them less absorbent”. 

  •  Don’t wash polyester clothes on high temperatures, because you'll end up with clothes that are full of creases and difficult to get out. 

  • Only wash underwired bras on the ‘handwash’ programme.

  • New clothes should only be washed with similar colours, to avoid running. This doesn't just mean darks and white clothes – you may need to run a whole ‘red wash’. 

  • Wash clothes inside out to avoid bobbling.

  • Believe it or not but you should use different detergents for different materials. 

  • Use different detergents for different coloured and types of clothes. Biological powder is best for keeping whites white and you should use a liquid detergent at a temperature of 30C for coloured clothes. Also, you need to be very careful with silk and wool because they should be washed in delicate, non-biological detergents.