How to Get Cleaner Clothes by Weighing Them First
Do you really want to remove all those pesky stains and get your clothes clean? The solution may come with how much you are putting in your washing machine. Question: How many items fill a washing machine? Answer: A whole load less than you think!
Get out the bathroom scale and scoop on all the clothes and bedding you’d normally push into one wash load. Now throw off items until you get down to 5 kilograms (kg) (11 pounds [lb])…then down some more to 2.5kg (5 lb).
Unless you have a large capacity machine, these weights represent the maximum weight load of a typical washing machine at full and half capacity – but only if you’re doing a general wash of cottons and linens. Switch to man-made or wool fibres, and you can load in even less – synthetics and delicates max out at 2 kg (4.5lb) and woollens get just 1kg (2.2 lb).
These lower weights are because synthetics and delicates are washed at lower temperatures, and so need more agitation and detergent to get clean. Synthetics are also prone to creasing if overloaded. However, wool needs more room because it swells in water. For all fabrics, overloading the machine means clothes aren’t washed as well as they could be. Some stains may remain because they didn’t have room to get agitated away.
|Anorak, adult||Cotton mix||750g (1lb 10oz)|
|Anorak, child’s||Cotton mix||450g (1lb 1oz)|
|Briefs||Cotton mix||40g (1–1/2oz)|
|Jeans||Cotton||700g (1lb 6oz)|
|Jumper||Wool||450g (1lb 1oz)|
|Shirt||Cotton||300g (1lb 6oz)|
|Socks||Cotton mix||50g (2oz)|
|Bath sheet||Towelling||1,000g (2lb 3oz)|
|Bath-towel||Towelling||700g (1lb 8oz)|
|Double duvet cover||Cotton||1,500g (3lb 5oz)|
|Other||1,000g (2lb 3oz)|
|Double sheet||Cotton||800g (1lb 12oz)|
|Single sheet||Cotton||350g (12oz)|
|Tea towel||Cotton||100g (3–1/2oz)|