What’s better? Hand wash or machine wash?

Hand wash or machine wash
Hand wash or machine wash

What’s better? Hand wash or machine wash?

More than this being a question of quality wash, it is turning out to be a case of comfort. In any case, let us solve this without any denial. Looks like this would be a good time to cut your machine some slack. There is a reason why we have been washing our laundry by hand (apart from the fact that we come from the Stone Age). Let us try and understand the benefits of hand wash.

What’s better? Hand wash or machine wash?

1) The fibre in your fabric is sensitive.

Washing machines are anything but gentle. The way they operate can seriously harm some garments, especially fine and loosely woven clothes. Basically, the machines rub the clothes together to clean them, with the help of friction. This results in the washing machines shedding fibre and bringing down the quality of your clothes. So youʼre not only losing the dirt and grime in the wash but also compromising the finishing of your fabrics.

While hand washing clothes seems archaic, it lets you have control over all aspects of washing. You can choose to be gentle with your clothes. No, weʼre not preaching the impossible. Donʼt throw any of your machines entirely. Just be choosy about what clothes to throw in the wash. For example, that vintage saree you found from your momʼs wardrobe should definitely not be facing a tumble in the machine. While it may have stood the test of fashion and time, it may not be able to survive the rugged machine.

As it is in any tough situation, we have a saviour. If you cannot ditch the machine or find time to wash your clothes by hand but want to avoid fraying your garments, please use a fabric softener or fabric conditioner. It reduces the friction between the fibres.

2) Be gentle

Of course, washing machines are big-time time-savers! Letʼs face it, theyʼre the very reason you get to wear something fresh and new every day. But, some garments need special love which only hand washing can guarantee. If youʼre confused about what those garments are, flip them over and read their wash care label. Generally, your lace, silk and thin cotton garments do not go in the washing machine. They
will get damaged invariably. Ladies even your lingerie needs to be washed and rinsed gently by hand.

3) Stains will be overlooked

When it comes to stains, you must be cautious to discriminate. So, if youʼve got ketchup on your crisp white shirt, you need to spot treat it immediately. We know itʼs tempting to just throw it in the washing machine and assume that the machine will take care of it, but it definitely wonʼt. Spot treating makes sure you directly scrub the particular area and get the stain out well and fully. Wet the stained area and dab it a little with a smidge of liquid detergent. Gently rub out the stain with your hands, or with the help of a toothbrush. You still need to launder it in the washing machine after this process, to get it clean and pristine.

4) Climate change is real

Let us not even argue. Washing by hand is definitely a more eco-friendly way of cleaning your clothes than machine washing. First, that means we use lesser laundry detergent – just enough to get all the dirt and grime out of almost a dozen garments. This reduces the harmful impact on the environment in several ways.

Also, if you use a tub or sink to wash your clothes, rather than running them under a tap directly, the overall consumption of water is greatly reduced by half when compared to machine washing.

And this also means electricity usage is reduced. Better to save electricity and get some exercise yourself, no?
Also, remember just because itʼs there to wash your clothes, doesnʼt mean that your washing machine can clean itself too. It could contain bacteria and fungus. We donʼt want your clothes ruined. Hence, please clean your machine once in a while before you wash your clothes.

How?

– Choose an anti-fungal laundry detergent.
– Wipe the damp portions of your washing machine and keep the lid open when you are not using it so that moisture doesnʼt fester.
– Donʼt let your machine stay idle for too long. Washing machines can get cranky if not given attention to too.
– Use an anti-scaling agent to break down the deposits left by impurities, minerals and other particles in the water running through the pipe.

Finally…

We conclude that hand washing is way better and definitely gentler. Laundering a whole load by hand while juggling all the other work demanded by adulthood is not reasonable. Life is meant to be lived a little. Washing your clothes by hand can save a lot of money but take a lot of your time. Hence, we recommend you wash those delicate and costly garments by hand and load the ones that you feel might be tough fighters, in the washing machine. This does not only get you extra time to laze around, watch that movie on Netflix or even be adventurous and step out for a bite on Sundays, but it will generally just make you feel more peaceful, calm and collected. Like you have your life under control.

But we do understand if you donʼt have even the little time to chuck your clothes in the washing machine or if your white clothes miraculously seem to be borrowing some colour or the other. And if you are still an Earth advocate, we have a solution. Just give your clothes to Quiclo Laundry – the best laundry and dry cleaning service in Hyderabad. We are human-friendly, earth-friendly and cloth friendly.

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