#NationalLaundryDay is on April 15 by providing customers with “10 Laundry Tips You Didn’t Know Aboutg”. A laundry service infused with cutting-edge AI technology that has globally modernized the tedious task of laundry in more than 30 countries.
“Most people think they’ve been washing their clothes for years without a problem, but there are still some common mistakes people make while doing laundry,” said Peter Stern, Managing Director of Mr Jeff in the U.S. “With our global reach and laundry expertise, we’ve compiled this list of tips to ensure everyone gets laundry done right.”
10 Laundry Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making #NationalLaundryDay
Don’t just sort by light and dark
The more you sort your clothes, the fresher they will be. Separate heavily soiled or muddy items from lightly soiled items and heavy or abrasive fabrics such as denim from the most delicate. For denim, flip each item inside out, wash in cold water on the gentle cycle, and dry on low heat to prevent fading.
To prevent the sheets from twisting, wash each set separately rather than the whole family’s at once, and include smaller items in the load. These items help prevent twisting because they have different drape patterns.
Don’t put detergent directly on your clothes
Believe it or not, there is a right and wrong way to load the washing machine. According to Mr Jeff, for a better distribution of the detergent, put clothes in the washer first, then add water and, lastly, the soap.
If you are using hydrogen peroxide, add water first, then your clothes and soap. It is advisable to use liquid detergent which is friendlier to the environment and even with washing machines. Powdered detergents, as they are not diluted 100%, solidify and end up embedded in various areas of the equipment.
Make sure to use a laundry detergent that is safe for your health and free of phosphates and petrochemicals, chemicals that are not biodegradable and pollute natural water bodies. Make sure to check the labels on your clothes and follow the directions of each of those mysterious laundry symbols.
Don’t over use the dryer
If you have time to air dry, do so. Not only do you save energy by not running the dryer, but you also help care for delicate items. The dryer damages garments with elastane (elastic) in its composition, losing its shape and the garment can become thin.
This is because the heat from the dyer bursts the elastane threads. When using the dryer, do not overload it or over-dry the fabrics. Fold or hang the garments after they are dry, but if you can’t fold them right away, spread them out on a flat surface to avoid marking or wrinkling.
Don’t mix socks with clothes
Tired of losing a sock every time you wash your clothes? Try putting your socks in the washing machine first, then add everything else. This makes them less likely to stick to other garments, often causing them to get lost. A good alternative is nets for delicate garments and/or underwear.
Don’t leave the zippers open
Open zippers can snag delicate clothing and scratch front-loading washer doors. Make sure they are all the way up before starting the wash cycle. Unbuttoned fasteners can also pull fabrics or damage the drum if they come loose. Invest in lingerie bags or an old pillowcase as a solution.
Don’t leave dress shirts buttoned
Yes, the zippers should be closed, but the buttons should not be. Washing a button-down shirt with buttons fastened can damage the buttons and tear the buttonholes. Don’t forget the buttons on the cuffs and collar either!
Don’t forget a quick anti-stain test
If you’re worried about washing that new red shirt for the first time, take this easy quiz to find out before disaster strikes. Subtly dampen a part of the garment, then dry it with a white cloth to see if the dye stains. If so, wash the item only until the color stops fading, you can also include an old white sock in the wash to check.
Don’t skip the filter and hose when cleaning the lint trap
Empty the lint filter after each cycle because lint buildup can clog the duct and become a fire hazard. It is also important to clean the filter about once a year.
Scrub with a detergent-moistened toothbrush, then rinse and air dry. You’ll also want to disconnect the hose from the back of the dryer about once a year. It’s time to clean the lint trap when it takes more than an hour to dry a load.
Don’t rub the stains
You may think that the best way to treat a stain is by scrubbing it vigorously with detergent. But that’s not the best course of action and it could even cause the stain to spread. Instead, gently rub the stain from the outside in.
And of course, the sooner you treat it, the more likely it is to go away. If you have a stain on your white shirt, some alternatives such as hydrogen peroxide or sodium hydrosulfite may be even better to get your clothes clean again. It’s important to remember that conventional bleaches damage clothes.
Don’t wash items that need to be dry cleaned
If your clothing has a “dry clean” label, proceed with caution. Some items do not actually need to be dry cleaned. If these are natural fibers like wool, it is probably safe to hand wash them and let them air dry. But for items like leather, suede, and “structured pieces” (like blazers and suits), you’ll want to obey that label.
Mr Jeff was founded in 2015 by three entrepreneurs in Spain, who wanted to make life easier for their community, just like the brand’s namesake Geoffrey – the beloved, witty butler featured on the hit 90’s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The trio built Mr Jeff to bring the convenience of Amazon or Uber Eats to day-to-day services like laundry.
Mr Jeff offers an efficient and affordable turn-key laundry solution ideally suited for today’s busy consumers. After a customer schedules a service through the Jeff app, the laundry bag is picked up (at whatever time and place is most convenient to them) with a contact-free protocol, brought to the Mr Jeff hub to be cleaned, and then returned to the customer’s location of choice within 48 hours.
While customers have an option to drop off and/or pick up their clothes at the physical Mr Jeff location, it’s easy to understand why the majority of today’s consumers choose the convenience of the pickup and delivery services. Mr Jeff services include delivery and pick up, wash and fold, wet and dry cleaning, ironing, pressing, and also offers monthly membership options at reduced rates.
ABOUT MR JEFF
Mr Jeff, a tech-based home-delivery laundry service, is part of Jeff, a wellness services platform founded in Valencia, Spain in 2015 by three young entrepreneurs. With Mr Jeff hubs in over 30 countries, the goal is to provide The Good Good Life to both its users and business owners. Announcing the opportunity to expand the footprint of individually owned and operated locations in the United States last year.
Mr Jeff is specifically looking for qualified entrepreneurs in Arizona; Colorado; Delaware; Florida; Kansas; Massachusetts; Missouri; New Hampshire; Nevada; New Jersey; Ohio; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Texas; Tennessee and Vermont. #NationalLaundryDay