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How To Hand Wash Clothes

How To Hand Wash Clothes

Whether you’re trying to be greener in the laundry room, your washing machine’s undergoing repairs, or you just need to wash your lucky undies real quick, learning how to hand wash clothes is an invaluable life skill.

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It’s hard to picture a time when doing the laundry took more than a push of a button, but in fact most Kiwi homes didn’t have an electric washing machine until the 70s – it was all wooden washboards, boiling water and copper pots before then!

Lucky for us, things are a little different now. We’re living in an era of choices: supermarket or organic grocers? Stay at home mum or career woman? Machine wash or hand wash? Or how about a bit of both? If you’re looking for some hands on action, follow these easy steps for fresh, hand washed clothes.

  1. Check the care label. Some clothes have specific instructions stitched in, regarding water temperature and the type of detergent required. If your garments aren’t being picky, use lukewarm water and a mild detergent.
  2. Fill a tub or clean sink with water and add a few drops of detergent. If you spot any stains from last night’s dinner, gently rub them out with your fingers – you may need help from a bar of soap.
  3. Swirl your clothes around and knead them gently, making sure they’re completely submerged in the soapy water. Leave to soak for five to ten minutes.
  4. Drain the tub or sink and refill with clean water. Rinse your clothes until the water runs clear and the smell of detergent has disappeared.
  5. Wring, shake, dry!

Sounds easy but too busy to live the slow life? Download the Laundromap app and let us do the dirty work for you. We’ll pick up your load, wash, tumble dry, fold and deliver. You’re welcome.

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