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The How-To Lounge: Hand Wash

All clothing is made differently -- things like jeans and sweatshirts are durable enough to survive many a wash and dry whereas silk blouses or knit delicates need a little more TLC. If you're new to hand washing, here are some simple tips to keep in mind the next time you stain your favorite white blouse.

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  • If you are hand washing non-delicates, fill your sink up with hot water (unless your care label calls for cold water) and add 1/4 cup detergent
  • If you are looking to bleach your clothing, add bleach to the water before your fabric is added to the mix
  • Immerse your clothing until it's saturated and soapy. If you have nasty stains, you might want to let your clothing soak for a while
  • Knead your fabric together and rub out any stubborn stains
  • Drain your sink and rinse thoroughly with the same temperature water until you no longer see suds
  • Wring dry and then lay flat to dry. Do not hang unless you want your fabric to grow
  • If you're handling delicates, aim for lukewarm water to prevent shrinkage and use a mild detergent like Woolite
  • Instead of kneading your fabric, simply swirl it around the sink gently until the water and soap mixture has had a chance to soak your garment
  • Once you feel your garment is clean, drain your sink and rinse thoroughly with cold water until all suds are gone and the water is clear
  • Pat dry with towels as opposed to ringing your garment dry. Lay flat and air dry

If you're unsure of your hand washing abilities, I advice you to send your delicates to the dry cleaner and leave the hard work to a professional! Good luck!

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melda melda 8 years
i handwash most of my dresses
melda melda 8 years
i handwash most of my dresses
caitlinp86 caitlinp86 8 years
thank you :)
caitlinp86 caitlinp86 8 years
thank you :)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Thanks Dear! This might come in handy since I have some items that need hand washing; although I might take them to the dry cleaner since I'm accident prone.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
rubialala I thought the same thing lol. I thought we were going to be told exactly how long we needed to lather etc. etc.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
rubialala I thought the same thing lol. I thought we were going to be told exactly how long we needed to lather etc. etc.
penguins268 penguins268 8 years
Thanks! This is great. I have a dress that has been sitting at the bottom of my hamper for a month and a half because I don't know how to hand wash clothes!
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 8 years
rubialala, :rotfl:This reminds me of all my delicates that have piled up and need hand washing.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 8 years
rubialala, :rotfl: This reminds me of all my delicates that have piled up and need hand washing.
rubialala rubialala 8 years
Ha! I thought this was actually going to be about washing your hands and I was very excited. Wow, I need serious help.
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 8 years
thanks for the great tips!
demonkitty18 demonkitty18 8 years
thanks for the great tips!
bookgirl bookgirl 8 years
I actually roll my sweaters up in a towel because it's easier to absorb the moisture and they won't take as long to dry then. The patting would be good for my delicate stuff though.
AlliJean AlliJean 8 years
my mommma taught me right! I love that towel patting tip. Thanks!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 8 years
I always hand wash my bras and certain tops. I bought a rectangular bucket and fill it up with cold water in the bathtub. sometimes, the sink isn't always clean and the bucket is just much easier.
Tech Tech 8 years
These are great tips, thanks dear. I'm a hand wash freak when it comes to delicates.
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