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4 laundry rules for longer-lasting clothes

How you dry and iron your laundry is just as important as the wash itself. Here are 4 tips to get it right.
 

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DRY SWEATERS AND KNITWEAR THE RIGHT WAY

To ensure they don’t become misshapen, dry these flat on the laundry rack instead of hanging them.

 

WHEN IT POURS

During the rainy season, consider switching to a laundry detergent that’s designed for indoor drying, such as Top Anti-bacterial Liquid Laundry Detergent ($7.55, from major supermarkets), if you don’t own a dryer. It’s designed to get rid of 99.9 per cent of harmful bacteria, and will knock out odour-causing ones too.

 

NEATEN THEM QUICK

Ironing work shirts and your kids’ school uniforms can be time-consuming. Consider the Philips Dailytouch Garment Steamer GC504, which smooths creases

effortlessly. The steamer comes with a handy garment hanger that is height-adjustable, and also gentle enough to use on delicate materials like silk.

 

HEAT IT UP

Wait for your steam iron to heat up to the right temperature before using it, so the water does not end up condensing on your clothes.

This story was first published in Simply Her October 2015.

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