You've been doing your laundry wrong – the five things you NEED to do before throwing clothes in the washing machine

2021 WAS the year cleaning hacks went viral.

Well, despite all those hacks, none of them taught you how to properly do the laundry.


Whether sweatpants are losing their strings or bras are getting tangled, it seems like something always goes wrong.

But there are a couple of things you can do to fix all those issues, according to the social media account Tru Earth Movement.

ZIP UP ZIPPERS

You'll always want to pull the zippers on any piece of clothing because this could prevent other items from getting shredded.

The jagged ends of an open zipper can get caught on a delicate blouse and completely rip it apart.

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TURN POCKETS INSIDE OUT

You'll want to turn the pockets of your pants inside out before washing them because these tend to retain a lot more water when you don't.

This will accelerate the drying process.

TIE STRINGS TO PREVENT TANGLES

To avoid your clothes getting tangled in the washing machine, you'll want to tie the strings of your hoodies and sweatpants.

You'll also want to clasp the bra straps to avoid them getting caught on other clothes.

UNFURL SOCKS

Socks can be one of the stinkiest and dirtiest items we wash, so you'll want to unfurl them before throwing them in the washing machine.

This will ensure that they come out looking and smelling brand new.

You'll also want to make sure that they are unfurled before throwing them in the dryer because if you don't, they'll come out damp.

TURN COTTON T-SHIRTS INSIDE OUT

Before washing your cotton t-shirts and dresses, you'll want to turn them inside out first.

This is because cotton tends to retain moisture and it'd be hard to break down those stains if they're on the inside.

Additionally, it will prevent the fabric from fraying and breaking down faster.


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