As part of our revolutionary Laundry For Good campaign, we asked for your most common laundry mistakes, and we had a lot of fun reading your answers. But don't worry, we've kept all stories below anonymous, and you are definitely not alone. Luckily Clothes Doctor is here to help you find solutions to your laundry disasters and hopefully help you change your laundry habits, for good.
Keep reading to find yours and how you can avoid it next laundry day:
Extra tip: Our Eco Wash for Cashmere and Wool is a gentle pH nearly neutral detergent which is perfect for hand washing. It works like a detergent and fabric conditioner in one, and leave garments, soft, supple and smelling amazing. Better, easier and cheaper than the dry cleaner. It's delicately fragranced with Himalayan Cedarwood and Orange Oil, leaving your knitwear refreshed and nourished.
Don't you just hate it when your clothes come out of the washing machine smelling as if they haven't been washed? If you notice this happening, you’re probably letting damp garments sit in the washing machine too long before drying them. The warm drum of the machine provides the perfect environment for mould and mildew to grow on your damp clothing, which results in a disappointing musty scent. Our suggestion is to rewash and always make sure you remove the clothes from the washer as soon as the cycle finishes. You may also find it helpful to wash sweaty garments right away to avoid bacterial overgrowth. We'd also suggest you avoid overloading the machine, and invest in a quality eco friendly detergent packed full of natural ingredients and delightful fragrances, but of course!
"Putting a pair of Levi’s in my washer and then pouring bleach directly on them to fade them, not a good outcome!"
Oh, that's not good at all! Bleach will take the natural white colour out of the garment by peeling which causes the grey shade. It also damages the fibres causing them to go hard. Avoid using bleach or toxic chemicals, and pick an eco-friendly detergent. Lots of formulas are packed with ingredients that are harmful for your clothes and the environment. Particular nasties to avoid include: chlorine bleach, parabens, formaldehyde, and dyes. Our products contain natural ingredients and are cruelty-free and palm oil-free too. We are very careful with our formulations to make them biodegradable and as eco-friendly as possible, and of course, totally plastic free.
Extra tip from our Founder Lulu: "After washing I squeeze lemon juice onto my whites and put them in a sunny window to whiten them naturally - it really works."
"Leaving a dark red sock in washer then doing a white wash - husband had lovely pink shirts and pink smocks!"
"Dying my kids white PE kits red!!"
"Classic red pair of socks in with grey and white washing. All of my husbands work shirts ruined!!"
This has to be the most common response we got from you, and for some reason it's always red?! It usually happens because you're washing on a hot cycle with an accidental coloured item in the mix, and/or putting new or newish coloured garments in the wash with whites. Our advice is, to avoid those colours going nuclear, wash at 30 degrees and it won't matter if you've mixed your whites and colours. If you do HAVE to wash hotter than that, due to heavy staining, for example, then separate your colours carefully! For any new items that are not 'colour fast' yet, then hand washing solo a couple of times is a good idea, or only on a cycle with dark items.
And a final bonus story: "I put a chenille blanket in the washing machine with a dishwasher tablet instead of washing tablet by mistake. The whole thing disintegrated and we were finding red bobbles of fabric for weeks!" Nooooo!