Keep your clothes bright
Save money by keeping your favourite outfits like new for longer.
Five tips for keeping your clothes bright.
Don’t skimp on the detergent
While you don’t want to overdose detergent, if you don’t put enough in, there won’t be sufficient polymer dispersants in the wash water to capture and hold on to all the dirt that has been removed from your clothes. This can make clothes more dull.
Check your load
If you overfill your machine clothes won’t get washed through thoroughly. When the clothes are in the drum, make sure there is a space the width of your hand turned on its side at the top of the load.
Try Ariel Actilift
This detergent has ingredients that detangle the cotton fibres in your clothes so that when they are washed, dirt can be more easily rinsed away.
Wash white nylon separately
Nylon picks up other dye more easily than many other fabrics, so if you have white or pale football gear to wash, keep it separate from other items if you can.
Check for colour-fastness
If you are not sure if a garment is going to run in the wash, make a small discreet part of the garment damp then iron it between two small pieces of white fabric. A fast dye will not let any of the colour leak onto the white cloth.
Pass it on – protecting fabrics in the wash
Clothes washing works by ‘agitating’ the clothes in the detergent and water mix, so if your daughter’s top has sparkly beads on, or you are washing soft items alongside trousers with zips, protect more delicate pieces by separating them off in a pillow case inside the wash.