Five tips to help student freshers avoid laundry disasters

Students should allow for shrinkage when doing their own laundry.
Students should allow for shrinkage when doing their own laundry.
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Teenagers across the North East are getting ready to head off to university, and for many it will be the first time they have had to take on household chores.

Here’s 5 ways to make sure they don’t ruin their clothes when they’ve got to do their own laundry for the first time.

1. Read the labels to prevent disasters

Check the care instructions on the garment’s label – this will explain what temperature and cycle to wash clothes on and whether they can be tumble-dried.

2. Separate the clothes

Avoid the old cliché of turning white clothes pink by separating out loads into categories – e.g. whites, brights, darks and delicates – don’t be tempted to throw everything in together. New clothes, such as jeans, might bleed dye into the wash so keep them separate for the first few washes.

3. Pre-treat stubborn stains

Getting stuck into university life is an important part of the experience, so it’s inevitable clothing will get stained with things such as beer, ketchup and mud. These type of tricky stains can be removed if dealt with promptly and properly.

4. Keep clothes looking good for longer

Adding a detergent booster to every wash will help keep whites whiter and colours brighter for longer. Turn clothes inside out – jeans lose less dye and wool items are less likely to go bobbly when washed inside out.

5. Dry your laundry properly

Use the tumble-dry function if available, but be aware that certain items may be too delicate to tumble dry and wool can shrink in the dryer. Alternatively, hang clean clothes up immediately and allow them to dry and air adequately, ideally on a clothes line.

• Tips courtesy of leading stain remover and detergent booster ACE Gentle.