The average family of four in UK does an average of 250 cycles per year, giving washing machines a ‘life expectancy’ of about only 4 years. Choosing the right laundry detergent will help you increase your washing machine’s life considerably. But, which one is the best?
Currently, the two main types of laundry detergent are powders and liquids. Both share the same active ingredients, but what are the pros and cons of using one or the other?
Here are some of the pros and cons of using liquid soaps for your laundry:
- Pro: The detergent is already dissolved (so no soap scum inside your washing machine).
- Pro: It can be used to clean some stains before loading the washing machine.
- Pro: It dissolves easily in cold water, saving on energy.
- Con: They usually come on plastic packaging, not very eco-friendly…
- Con: They are more expensive.
Here are some of the pros and cons of using powdered soaps for your laundry:
- Pro: They are cheaper than liquid detergents.
- Pro: They are usually packed in eco-friendly cardboard boxes.
- Pro: Surfactants (the bit that actually cleans your clothes) are more stable in powders, so these detergents have a longer shelf life (they are more effective than liquid detergents for longer).
- Con: If you use too much you can find soap residues on your clothes, meaning you will need to have another cycle to wash them off.
- Con: In some cases they dissolve better in warm water, so no possibility of using a cold cycle, thus higher electricity bills.
- Con: Sodium sulphate, used as a filler in powder detergents, can destroy septic systems.
Can you think of any more pros or cons? Your choice of detergent will depend on the way you use your washing machine. Keep checking our blog for clever ideas on how to use your laundry detergents!
Last Saturday I left my husband to do the laundry while I was filing some documents. After half an hour of not hearing the typical noise of the washing machine I got scared and went to the kitchen. And there I found my husband looking at the the washing machine as if trying to decipher a hieroglyphic out of an ancient monument!
I suppose it is always easy to do the laundry when you do it on a regular basis. It is also true that washing machines have too many bottoms to push before a cycle can start! At http://www.amycleaning.co.uk we have had similar situations with domestic cleaners who didn’t really understand how to turn the washing machine on. Do not fear! doing the laundry is easier than it looks like… if you follow these simple tips.
1. Preparing the load.
We know that we need to separate dark colours from light/white colours. But it is not only that; separate also delicate fabrics from heavier ones and read all the labels as you may missed some clothes that are only hand washable; also, remember to empty pockets and close all zips on trousers and jackets.
2. The loading of the washing machine.
We are going to be late to that picnic with friends and decide to load a 7kg washing machine with 10kg; wrong! Over-loading will not allowed the clothes to tumble properly so they will not come out clean. At the same time the washing powder will have no space to dissolve, leading to the same consequence.
4. How to graduate the temperature.
You have bought the new 15C detergent to save energy. Well I am afraid to say that not all clothes can be washed at the same temperature. Cold water will minimize creasing and may help you clean stains such as blood. If you need to wash very dirty clothes, however, hot water will do a much better job.
As soon as the cycle is finished you need to take all the clothes to dry; if you leave them on the washing machine for too long clothes will become smelly. Always leave the door open to allow the washing machine to dry.