Turning a wash is not complicated. Still, you can choose from a washing program, temperature, options, detergent, dosage, speed, and so on. What is the best choice for you? Here are a few tips for radiantly clean laundry.
The right washing program
Most washing machines have many different washing programs. Nevertheless, we only use a few washing programs regularly. To choose the right washing program, sort the laundry according to the type of laundry that can be washed together. By color, but also by textile type. For the correct advice on temperature and delicacy of the suitable program, see the care label. Read more about washing programs . Learn more about Washing machine Hoses
Each piece of textile has a washing advice label, depicted with a washtub. The maximum temperature is indicated on this. The stripes under the tub give advice on the mildness of the washing program.
Tobbe without a stripe
a normal program such as a cotton program.
Tobbe with 1 horizontal stripe :
a mild washing program. For example, a program for synthetic laundry at 60 ° C. Or a program for delicates at 30 ° C and 40 ° C.
Tobbe with 2 horizontal stripes :
a very mild washing program such as a wool washing program. (program with minimal movement).
Tobbe with one hand:
a hand wash program. Use a water temperature of max 40 ° C. If you really wash by hand, dissolve the detergent in plenty of water. Let the garment soak and stir gently. Don’t: scrub, pull, or wring. Rinse well and press water out of the laundry. Put the laundry in shape to dry
Tobbe with a cross :
this item may not be washed, only steamed.
“Easycare” Use a mild washing program. Often the washing program is called something like EasyCare, synthetic or wrinkle- resistant.
The right temperature
mom-and-child-wash too high a temperature can damage the laundry. In addition, it costs an unnecessary amount of energy and therefore money. But too low a temperature may not wash all laundry hygienically well enough. It is also advisable not to always wash at low temperatures. That can cause mess and problems. Therefore, run a washing program at 60 ° C or higher at least once a month. Read more maintenance tips and save with washing.
Wash at 30 ° C (or colder)
Your laundry will wash at this temperature, which is not very dirty and for healthy people. You can treat light stains with a stain remover before it goes in the washing machine. Read more about washing at low temperatures.
Undergarments and socks that are not really dirty
Towels or linen which is not really dirty
Wash at 40 ° C
At this temperature, your laundry was too dirty to wash cold.
Wash at 60 ° C
Your laundry was washed at this higher temperature where it is important that bacteria are killed. Think of certain risk groups such as people with reduced resistance. Hot washing is recommended in case of contagious disease, wound infection, fungal infection or dust mite allergy. Flu is mainly transmitted through the air and not through the laundry.
Choose the normal cotton program at 60 ° C or the hygiene program and if possible a detergent with bleach. Finally, make sure that the wax dries well afterward. Do not choose the eco-program, it does not wash long enough at a high temperature.
Clothing for someone at risk
Linen for someone with an increased risk or dust mite allergy
Dishcloths and other kitchen textiles that have been used for cleaning
Laundry with blood, vomit, feces
Wash at 90 ° C
It is best to wash the laundry of someone with a persistent virus (such as norovirus) twice at 60 ° C or once at 90 ° C.
The right detergent
Use white or light cotton a laundering agent and colored and dark clothes detergent for coloreds. Use a special detergent for delicate and/or wool washing. There are special black detergents for black laundry.
You can pre-treat stubborn stains with a stain remover. Wax balls, soapnuts or washcloths usually do not wash properly.
Do you use fabric softener? Put the recommended amount in the special fabric softener compartment. The machine will then automatically add it to the final rinse water.
The correct amount of detergent is important for radiantly clean laundry. With too little detergent, the laundry will be less clean and a bit gray. Too much detergent can damage the fibers of clothes, causing it to wear out faster and to keep the colorless good. There can also be ‘grease lice’, which causes the washing machine to smell. Too much detergent can create a lot of foam in the washing machine. This can cause the washing machine to rinse extra, which costs an unnecessary amount of time and water.
For the correct amount of detergent, it is best to follow the dosing advice on the packaging of the detergent.
How much detergent?
The dosing advice on the detergent packaging is based on the amount of laundry, how dirty the laundry is, and how hard the water is.
Quantity of laundry
Fur detergents and money laundering products base the advice on 4 to 5 kg. This is not about the capacity of the washing machine, but about the weight of the laundry that you put in the drum. You often only fill a 7 kg washing machine with about 4 kg of laundry. If you have a larger washing machine that you can fill up well, look at the advice for extra laundry. If you only stop the drum half full, only dose more than half.
The advice for delicates detergents is based on 2.5 kg. Often you do not fill the drum for a long time.
The dirtier the laundry, the more detergent is recommended. If there are only a few dirty pieces in between, use a stain remover.
The dosage advice depends on the hardness of the tap water with which the washing machine washes; soft (up to 8.4 ° DH), medium (8.4-12 ° DH), hard (above 12 ° DH). The water hardness is often around 8 to 9 ° do. Check waterhardheid.nl to see how hard your tap water is.
How do you dose the detergent?
You can dose the detergent via the detergent drawer or directly on the laundry with a dosing ball. Dosing with a wash ball has the advantage that it comes directly onto the laundry, dissolves immediately and therefore works faster. Dosing through the detergent drawer can cause some of it to remain in the machine. If you dispense liquid detergent via the detergent drawer, check whether the detergent drawer has an insert for liquid detergent. This prevents detergent from running prematurely from the container onto the laundry, for example, if you start the program at a later time.
You can also use special detergent capsules called pods. The advantage is that you do not have to mess around with dosing. The disadvantage is that you can dose less accurately. In case of hard water, high soil level, or a lot of laundry, two pods are recommended. Check out the test results for different pods of whitewash or fur detergent.
Wash out sweat odor
Sweaty smell in laundry is a common problem. How do you best tackle this?
We subjected 4 detergents from the last fur detergent test to a ‘sweat odor test’: 2 successful washing powders, 1 liquid agent with good results and 1 liquid ecological agent without fragrances and dyes.
Conclusion: all detergents manage to reduce sweat smells. They all did better than just water. The ecological agent fared less well than the rest. Probably because of the lack of fragrances, because the perfume in the other means masks the remaining unpleasant odors.
Yet there was still a smell of sweat in the washed laundry. This means that (sports) clothing will eventually smell (almost irreversibly) of sweat.
Tips to prevent sweat odor in clothes
Keep yourself fresh so that bacteria don’t have a chance to convert sweat into sweat odor. It can also help keep the underarm hair short and use deodorant only on clean skin.
Wash clothes with odors of sweat as warm as possible according to the care label. Laundry detergent with oxygen bleach also helps.
Wash strong smelling clothes separately, the odor may give off.
Iron your clothes; this helps to kill the bacteria.
Wear cotton shirts. Since cotton absorbs moisture, it prevents odors from spreading. Synthetic fabrics provide more fragrance diffusion.
Wash with a full drum
washing drumMost washing machines work best with a full drum. This ensures the most economical , clean laundry.
With a cotton program, you fill the drum until there is about a fist-height of space. With delicate material, you fill the drum about half.
The correct speed
The laundry will be nice and dry at a high speed. Nice, because then it takes less time to dry on the clothesline. Or it saves energy costs for the dryer. But your washing machine can also wear out faster. Your laundry will also come out of the drum creases. Fortunately, the speed can almost always be adjusted and you can lower the speed. Often the wax dries sufficiently at 1200 revolutions per minute.
Many washing machines are economical with water, so they rinse bad detergent from the laundry. Detergent can remain in the laundry where it leaves streaks, for example. Or you get irritated skin. You can prevent this by:
The optional additional coils activate. The washing machine uses more water during the wash cycle.
Do not add too much detergent and use a detergent without perfume if necessary.
Liquid detergent causes less visible detergent residues than washing powder.
Some clothes should not be washed. You can clean these by steaming. The washing symbol for steaming is a circle with a letter in it. The letter in the circle indicates by which means this clothing may be cleaned.
Remove the laundry as soon as possible when the program is ready to dry it. This way you prevent wrinkles and odors in your laundry.
Drying is done on the line or in the dryer. The cheapest is on the line. Not all clothing is allowed in the dryer, check the label. Are you looking for a tumble dryer? Then view our test dryers.
After a wash, leave the door and the dispenser open so that the machine can dry. This way you prevent odors.
Clean the washing machine from time to time. The soap dish is an important source of bad smells. Read more about cleaning and maintaining a washing machine.