Doing laundry can be very tricky with rainfall becoming increasingly unpredictable. Nothing is more frustrating than washing piles of clothes only for them to turn out damp and smelly because of the gloomy weather. To keep your newly washed garments clean, fresh and vibrant this rainy season, follow these laundry tips from Electrolux.
1) Use dryers to avoid accumulating moisture
A common dilemma in the rainy season is being unable to hang our clothes in the sun for drying. Oftentimes, we end up leaving them in the washing machine or hanging them in an area with little air and space to dry which causes moisture to get trapped and accumulate in your clothes, leading to that unpleasant and notorious kulob smell.
The best solution is to invest in a dryer. The Electrolux UltimateCare Washer Dryer delivers excellent results in keeping your clothes perfectly dry because of its Smart Sensor feature, which also prevents harmful over-drying. Moreover, it’s a 2-in-1 machine that can also wash your clothes efficiently. It’s a great choice for those looking to buy a dryer without needing to worry about extra space in the house.
2) Combat stains while protecting color
If clothes become stained with mud and dirt from the rain, it’s ideal to wipe them away before they set. For older stains, vinegar or baking soda have often been recommended as tried and tested ways of cleaning them. Some stains, however, are harder to remove, which may lead to using excessive detergent, over-washing and color-fading.
If you’re concerned about maintaining the color in your clothes, the Electrolux UltimateCare Washing Machines effectively removes stains while keeping your clothes vibrant. Through its UltraMix Technology, this washing machine fully dissolves detergent to deliver a deeper clean. It also has a Load Sensor Automation feature which displays the recommended amount of detergent based on the weight of your clothes, helping you get the most out of each load while avoiding overloading and over-washing.
3) Add fabric conditioner
Rainfall roughs up your clothes, causing them to break down and lose their texture. It also brings out the earthy scent of wet soil that can stick to clothing. Moreover, damp conditions create the ultimate breeding ground for bacteria on your clothes.
Adding fabric conditioner to your wash is a good way to combat these problems. Fabric conditioners helps to soften and improve the texture of your clothing, while also keeping your clothes smelling great even through the rain. On top of that, some fabric conditioners also boast anti-bacterial properties, making sure that your clothes are fresh and germ-free.
4) Keep your washing machine clean
Although washing machines were made to clean clothes, people often forget that the appliance itself also needs to be maintained. The rainy season brings with it soiled clothes and moist environments, which can cause residues of dirt, mold, and mildew to build up and produce strange odors in your washing machine, even if you fill it with laundry detergent.
You can clean your washing machine by running a wash cycle with the machine empty. This clears out any detergent that has built up in the machine. Make sure to always wipe it inside and out for any residues that may have built up. It is also best to use a washing machine cover to protect it from heat, mold and moisture.
5) Place scented items or odor eliminators in your closet
Even after being newly washed, most clothes tend to lose that fresh, clean scent after being placed in the closet for a few days. To ensure that your clothes don’t develop a stale smell, try adding essential oils to your closet. Dab a few drops of the oil on cotton balls then place it in the corner of your closet.
Another alternative you can use is coffee grounds. After you have your morning coffee, you can reuse the grounds by placing it in a container with holes then put it in your closet. Other recommended fragrance enhancers you can place in your closet are scented dryer sheets, silica packets for shoes, baking soda, or strongly scented wood. Of course, don’t forget to replace these scent boosters every once in a while to maintain their effectiveness.
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