Life used to be much simpler, especially where washing machine detergent was concerned. I’ve just found a fascinating old publication by one of the leading detergent manufacturers Unilever – but back when even their name was simpler and they were just called, “Lever”.
OK so why are clothes getting stretched – especially sleeves? I’ve had a lot of jumpers that have not lasted as long as I’d expect. The sleeves in particular have stretched so much that they cover my entire hand. Other clothes have sleeves which have stretched to over twice as wide and have become very baggy. Many modern clothes aren’t made as well as they used to be but maybe there’s another cause? Not paying attention to the wash labels and washing them on the wrong wash cycles, and or, either tumble drying them when they shouldn’t be put in a dryer or drying them on too high a heat setting is the culprit.
If you’ve ever wondered what do the wash symbols mean you are not alone. Some of the wash labels on laundry are pretty cryptic. It’s not possible to work out what many of them mean. Many people don’t seem to bother too much with them but as my article points out this could result in damaging and shortening the life of lots of items of clothing (why are my clothes getting stretched?).
A lot of people want to know if Calgon (or similar anti limescale products) really work. More importantly do washing machines really “last longer with Calgon” as their adverts insist they do? The short answer is clearly the products must work as advertised. They will help prevent limescale, but you shouldn’t really need anything other than the washing machine detergent (if you use it correctly). Washing machines can last longer with Calgon but that doesn’t mean they can’t last longer without it either.
It shouldn’t really matter but there are pros and cons involved. If you put detergent in the drum, make sure you don’t overload the washing machine because the detergent may get trapped inside laundry and be unable to disburse properly. This can prevent proper washing (washing not getting clean properly) | Am I overloading my washing machine?).