Attention undergrads! Use these expert tips to ace your next load of laundry.
University can be full of challenges, but locating a pair of clean jeans in time for your 8 a.m. class shouldn’t be one of them. All it takes is a few tricks and some planning for any busy student to become a laundry pro in no time.
Add laundry to your routine. Put laundry on your weekly to-do list and the chore will seem like less of an insurmountable task. Aim to visit the washing machine once a week, and try to go during off-peak hours (weekdays are usually better)when you are less likely to have to queue for a washing machine. In case your college doesn’t have its own washing machine, get a bucket and pre-soak the clothes before you handwash them.
Sort, sort, sort. To make sure laundry comes out clean and bright, always separate darks and whites. Spot-treat stains, especially if you’re not able to do laundry for a few days. And remember to stock up on a great laundry detergent like Ariel Matic for a fully automatic washing machine and Ariel for a semi-automatic washing machine or for handwashing. If you have mainly coloured clothes, you can also explore Ariel Colour. And if you are particular about fragrance, then try Ariel 24 Hour Fresh.
Create a “wash it” schedule. Socks, underwear, sportswear, T-shirts, and lightweight cotton garments should be washed after each use. Heavy-duty items like jeans, hoodies, sweatshirts, and corduroys can withstand several wears without washing, but don’t go longer than three to four weeks. Worried about fading your favourite dark jeans? If you turn them inside out and wash in cold water, they will be your true mates for a long time.
Get towels and sheets under control. Don’t be fooled by sheets and pillowcases that “look clean”: Linens accumulate dirt, sweat, dust, and more as you snooze, so toss them in the washer every two weeks with a laundry detergent like Ariel (for better results, use the hottest water recommended for the fabric based on the garment care label and washing instructions). To prevent any musty odours, make sure towels dry completely before folding. And always air-dry damp ones on a hook after showering.
And don’t forget. Items like comforters, blankets, and bedspreads — all magnets for dust, dirt, and grime — should be washed at least once a term. Machine-washable jackets and down puffers need laundering, too (every 12 weeks is fine if the garments aren’t soiled). Wash them in cold water and dry on low heat. To keep that clean-laundry smell around for longer, use Ariel 24 Hour Fresh.