The handkerchief trick and other washing tips

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8.5.2017

How much detergent do I really need? What’s the environmental impact of using the boiling water cycle with an extra rinse? A laundry pro could answer these questions for you but if you don’t know one, this blog is a great alternative.

How to get the embroidered tablecloth from faded yellow to white again: Slosh it around

First, soak it: Boil 10 litres of water. Dissolve 25ml soda in the water. Let cool then place the tablecloth in the solution and let soak for 12 hours. Then, boil it: Boil 10 litres water with 10 tbs. soap flakes. Add the tablecloth when the water temperature is 60o C. Let the tablecloth slosh around for 20 minutes. Rinse in clean water 3 times. Now the tablecloth is white again.

How to remove pink discolouring in a more eco-friendly way: Cook with lemon
 
Cook the sock in a pot together with a couple of slices of lemon. Lemon is natural bleach.

How to check if the colours on dyed fabrics still run: Use the handkerchief trick

Always wash new coloured textiles separately and if need be, wash them by hand the first few times. When is the excess colour washed out? Test it with the handkerchief trick. Wash a white handkerchief together with the coloured garment. If the handkerchief is still white, there isn’t any excess colour remaining in the clothing.

How to avoid discoloring: Start sorting
 
Establish a sorting system. Sort clothing by temperature, wash program and colour. White/light colours together, dark/strong colours together. Wool separately. Wash clothes that can stand boiling separately.

How to avoid fading your jeans in the wash: Add vinegar

Soak the jeans in 5 litres of water to which you’ve added 4 tbs of vinegar and let soak for ½ hour. Then wash them as stated on the care label. Vinegar retains the colour content in the fabric.

A washer with a gentle heart: Gorenje SensoCare generation of washing machines

SensoCare technology makes sure every type of fabric is washed in the best possible way. It always delivers the optimum combination of temperature and amount of water, time, and spinning speed. If, however, your clothes need a very special care, the cotton and synthetic fibre programmes can be tweaked with extra modes and functions.

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