Getting nearly dry clothes out of the washer can be tricky. Regardless of the model of your washing machine, it is essential to be familiar with the programs and the steps to follow to avoid missteps. Thus, there is a trick to take out the washed clothes with the minimum of humidity and thus save on the energy bill by reducing the use of electrical appliances such as the dryer.
Obviously during the winter all heavy clothes such as towels and sweaters take much longer to dry and in the event that we decide to hang them, the large amount of moisture they eliminate can even cause mold to appear in our interiors. That’s why we usually use the dryer, but if you want to save energy and get your clothes out of the washing machine with much less humidity, there is a trick that always works.
All you have to do is put the washer on spin mode to remove as much water as possible, open the door, and insert a thick, dry towel. In this way, the towel will be able to absorb all the moisture from the clothes and at the same time the spin will drain the clothes.
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Then you can hang the washed clothes on the clothesline either on the balcony or on the terrace or you can even hang them inside the house. You will see that in half the time, your clothes will be dry.
Understanding laundry labels
Regarding machine washes, one of the most important aspects to take into account is the inscription on the garment labels:
Symbol “circle without square”: special washes
The circle symbol (without a square around it) is reserved for special dry cleaning. Provides information related to dry cleaning processes that are carried out at a professional level. The only thing you should know when you see them is that you cannot wash this type of garment in a domestic washing machine.
“Triangle” symbol: use of bleaching agents
Whether by hand or machine, some fabrics will allow you to use bleach during the washing process. To be sure, you should check that the garment label has a triangle. If it is empty, it means that you can use bleach, if it is crossed out, on the contrary, you cannot use it and if you see the letters “Cl” inside, you can only use bleach if the garment is white and made of cotton.
Symbol “circle surrounded by a square”: delicate garments
The symbol for automatic drying is a circle surrounded by a square. If it is not crossed out, you can put the garment in the dryer without any problem. In case air drying is recommended, you can find two alternatives: one that looks like an envelope and indicates that it must be hung from a rope and another represented by a square with three lines inside and that informs that the garment must be dried horizontally and without hanging.
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Crossed out iron symbol: ironing
When a fabric does not allow ironing, you will see the icon of a crossed out iron. It doesn’t have much of a mystery. In the event that it can be ironed (icon not crossed out), the only thing to take into account is the temperature. If the iron has one or two spikes inside, they will be delicate fabrics such as wool and polyester blends, so you should not exceed 150ºC. If it contains three points, it refers to fabrics such as cotton or linen, which can withstand up to 200ºC.
Knowing the specifications of the fabrics you use in your regular wardrobe will help you better choose a type of washing, a drying function and the right products to achieve excellent results. Always ensure maximum efficiency when washing clothes by paying attention to the symbols on your labels.
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