There's something really satisfying about having all your washing done but it can take a whole weekend to do it! To save you time and stress, Philips PerfectCare! has put together these clever washing and ironing tips.
1) Washing your clothes properly can save you a lot of legwork later down the track. Little things like not overloading the machine and using cold or permanent press cycles can help. Be sure to shake your clothes out before sticking them in the dryer, and don’t over-dry them. To make ironing easier, when you hang your laundry out to dry, shake out folds, poke pockets back in and smooth creases. It is surprising just how much easier these simple tricks can make your ironing!
2) For thick garments, iron on the inside of the garment first, and then move to the outside – this will help take out all the wrinkles efficiently. This is a good tip to remember for jeans as they often get very crinkled in the wash, especially if they were not hung up properly after washing.
3) When ironing silk, do so under a layer of cotton sheet or towel, just in case. Another option is steaming your silk garments. Steaming is ideal for silk, so you may consider investing in a steamer if you want your silk to look and feel perfect. Make sure to keep silk away from direct sunlight, as it can make it go yellow.
4) Business shirts: Start with the collar before moving onto the yoke (back of shoulder area), sleeves, front panel and then the back. Smooth out each section with your hands before ironing. If you’re ironing a collar, start on its underside and work from the outside (the pointy end!) inwards. Turnover and repeat. Fold the collar down and press the edge for a crisper finish. Take sleeves by the seam and flatten onto the board; try to match any previous creases. Work from the top down then flip and repeat.
5) For wool sweaters and tops, be careful not to burn the wool fibres – you can avoid this by ironing your garments inside out. Over time and wear, wool starts to lose its shape and can look floppy, you can fold it tightly in between wears to minimise this.
6) Synthetic garments are very delicate and can burn easily if you are not careful. Try your best to glide over the product, you don’t want to catch and tear the fabric on the soleplate. It is safe to use a towel or sheet in between so you don’t get any burns or the shiny look which is particularly obvious on black clothes.
7) For storage, use good quality hangers that support your clothes and allow them to keep the natural shape. Hang them like you would wear them so for shirts it is with most of the buttons done up except for maybe the top one. It is worth investing in good quality hangers, try to only use the wire hangers for business shirts and jackets.
Philips PerfectCare! has one setting for all garments and is the fastest steam system iron on the Australian market so it's great for time-poor mums.