8 Top Tips on How to Survive Doing Your Own Laundry

12th November 2019 Matt Felix Featured, London Life, Study

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Moving away from home for the first time can feel really daunting, whether its going off to university or making your own way in the world. Not having your parents do to the little things for you can come as a bit of a shock, but learning how to do them yourself can be very rewarding. One valuable life lesson you didn’t know you needed is doing your own laundry. The amount of settings on a washer or dryer can be nerve racking, but rest assured we’ve pulled together a survival guide for you. Follow these top tips and you’ll be a pro in no time!

1. Separate your Darks and Whites!

As tempting as it can be to just throw everything in together, DON’T. Avoid the cliché of having your whites turn either pink or grey. New clothes, especially jeans might bleed dye in the wash. Keep these separate and wash with black clothes for the first few washes to be safe.

2. Don’t Over Do It

It is very important to not overload the washing machine as this will disrupt the spin cycle leaving you with wet and dirty clothes. In reverse do not under fill the washing machine- guideline levels are found within the machine. The same applies for using the dryer.

3. Always Read the Label

Read the washing instruction label inside your clothes to prevent disasters. Nobody wants shrunken or ripped clothes… If you need some a hand, use this handy guide.

4. Empty Your Machine

Always make sure to empty your machine when the cycle is finished, no one wants damp smelling clothes and if you live in student accommodation it’s important to be fair to others who need to use the machines, you don’t want to make any enemies. Download the Circuit Laundry app and beat the queues and check when washers and dryers are free to use with the Circuit Laundry. You can also set a timer within the app that reminds you when your washing is ready to collect!

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5. Top Up As You Go

Wash and dry your clothes by topping up your Circuit Laundry Account using your PayPal. Alternatively, you can make a one-off payment using a debit or credit card as a PayPal guest by following the online procedure. Simple!

6. Upside Down, Inside Out

Always make sure to turn your clothes inside out before putting them in the machine. Graphics and logos on t-shirts can fade over the course of many washes, and turning them inside helps reduce this slightly.

7. Don’t Wash too Hot!

Make sure to wash your clothes at or below 30 degrees. This will ensure that your clothes are clean, but don’t risk fading or shrinking in the wash. Also, it’s much better for the environment!

8. Be Kind to the Planet

Another great tip for the environmentally conscious laundry aficionado is eco-friendly laundry pods. Smol is cheaper than your supermarket brand. Each packet of laundry tablets is posted to your address, so no forgetting to buy detergent. Cruelty free & only tested on towels! Try them for free today by clicking here

Matt Felix

Matt Felix

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