6 Laundry Myths That Do More Harm Than Good To Your Clothes


More often than not, you are made to believe that because a laundry “rule” has been around for decades, it is proven to be effective in removing stains and keeping your clothes clean. Being unaware of the true nature of doing laundry will make old wive’s tales believable. What you don’t know is that laundry myths can prematurely ruin your clothes. You might consider them as a cost-effective technique, but they don’t yield positive results, and you cannot undo the damage it has done to your garment.

1. Prevent fading by adding black coffee to rinse water.

Many individuals will follow all sorts of cost-cutting measures to save money. One myth that has tricked people is adding a cup of black coffee to the water because it protects your black jeans from fading. While it is true that coffee can add color to the fabric, it does not necessarily mean that it can work wonders in keeping your black jeans from fading. You will need more than just a cup of black coffee for your black jeans to make a difference.

2. You need more detergent to keep your clothes clean.

The amount of detergent that you use does not guarantee cleanliness. This is one myth that most people are guilty of doing. Using too much laundry detergent can result in redepositing the soil onto the garment. If you are using a liquid detergent, be sure to use a permanent marker for the measuring lines to be visible. It is recommended that you use a small amount of detergent. If you are not happy with the results, you can always add more.

3. Use hot water to kill germs

Pouring hot water alone will not get rid of bacteria and germs. If you are washing linens or clothing of an individual who has been sick, the germs can still spread throughout the washer regardless if you are using cold or hot water. Do not rely on hot water because it does not completely kill germs. What you need is chlorine bleach, phenolic disinfectant or pine oil to sanitize the washer and the laundry.

4. You can only treat stains from the front.

Tackling stains on your shirt is not an easy task. When it comes to stained clothes, many find it effective to treat stains from the front. However, this technique will not push the stain out of the fibers of the fabric. You need to turn your clothes inside out to remove stains. Removing stains from the front will cause the stains to penetrate deeply into the fabric fibers.

5. Hairspray will remove ink

In the 1950s, using hairspray to get rid of ink was quite effective because of the presence of alcohol, which works on ink stains. However, today’s hairsprays are made of different chemicals and unfortunately, do not contain alcohol. That being said, using hairspray for removing ink will cause the stain to compound the ink.

6. Fabric will shrink when placed in high heat dryer.

Clothes shrink for a number of reasons and some of them are already beyond your control. One reason your clothes shrink is because of the lack of moisture in fabric fiber. If you are concerned about shrinkage, you can consider removing your clothes from the dryer while it is slightly damp. Allow your clothes to air dry.

You don’t have to believe these myths to remove stains. Commercial laundry services will make sure that you’ll have clean clothes and linens.

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