Damage fabric softener to a washing machine

Neither white nor soft? These are the 10 biggest lingerie myths

We all do it at least twice a week, but 87 percent of Germans are always at a loss: How do you really do laundry? Everyone has a different answer to the questions of how much fabric softener we actually need, how long the laundry can lie in the drum and where the second sock is actually. Helping's cleaning expert Roxanna Pelka has been running a laundry for years and explains the 10 biggest mistakes when handling laundry:

1. Wet laundry must not be left in the drum - WRONG

The appointment is already waiting - but the wet laundry is still in the drum? Take a deep breath and let five be straight! Roxanna Pelka advises: “Your fresh load of laundry can stay in the drum for several hours with the door open - even overnight. Only after more than 24 hours could your clothes start to smell musty and, in the worst case, even go moldy! "

2. Washing clothes is only worthwhile if the drum is full - WRONG

There is still something going on, that one towel still fits in! A drum that is full to the brim is a typical mistake when washing, because: If it is overloaded, the water does not have enough space to rinse the clothes sufficiently. The detergent gets stuck in the fibers, the result: detergent stains appear on your favorite jeans and the clothes smell unpleasant. Roxanna Pelka's tip: "Load the drum so full that you can easily touch the back wall with your hand."

3. Without lime tabs, the washing machine breaks faster - WRONG

Where water flows, there is also lime - the point goes to the well-known TV advertisement for lime tabs! But there is a natural descaler - namely vinegar. Roxanna Pelka advises: “Simply put a cap (20 ml) of vinegar essence directly into the drum and let the machine run through at 60 degrees. The machine should not run idle in order not to damage it. Just put in a few towels that you wanted to wash anyway. Don't worry: the vinegar smell will go away immediately after washing! "

4. 30-degree washing can also handle the 40-degree program - WRONG

30 degree laundry can also handle the 40 degree short program? Wrong thought: Despite the apparently minimal difference, fabrics such as wool or silk can withstand water at a maximum of 30 degrees. T-shirts, jeans and dresses, on the other hand, are made of a material mix that does not shrink at 40 degrees. It is better to take a look at the laundry label before washing to avoid nasty surprises.

5. Whether jeans, bra or towel - one detergent is sufficient - WRONG

One in three people is not always satisfied with the washing result - are you one of them? The wrong detergent may be to blame for this! A heavy-duty detergent is ideal for white blouses, towels and bed linen because: The bleach it contains brightens the laundry. The remedy is therefore an absolute no-go for dark jeans! Use a mild detergent or colored detergent for colored laundry. These agents do not fade, retain their color longer and are also gentler on the fibers.

6. Only environmentally harmful fabric softener makes laundry soft - WRONG

If our environment is important to you - stay away from fabric softener: This contains environmentally harmful ingredients that cannot be broken down naturally and get into the groundwater. But you don't have to put up with scratchy towels. The environmentally friendly alternative is: vinegar! Put about 20 ml in the fabric softener compartment for the wash cycle - your laundry is cozy again. Don't worry, the vinegar smell will vanish in no time while drying!

7. The washing machine cleans itself - WRONG

The average German uses the washing machine twice a week. Even in this short period of time, detergent residues and constant moisture create a real germ biotope. Expert Roxanna Pelka on this: “Do not only wash in the 30 degree program. Organize your laundry so that you wash your towels at 60 degrees at least once a month. Only the hot water in the pipes kills bacteria - instead of breeding them. "

8. The washing machine makes socks disappear forever - WRONG

Another pair in the washing machine, single while drying: where has the second sock gone? Denouement: She ekes out her ungrateful existence in the depths of your washing machine. Most of the time, socks hang behind the lint filter or get caught in the rubber coatings, from which you can free them again with a single movement. However, it can happen that socks actually find their way inside the machine. A reunion is then unfortunately impossible.

9. Bacteria only die completely with the 90 degree program - WRONG

Your mother swore by the whites and you do the same? This is useful if you want to completely defeat a gastrointestinal virus or other contagious diseases. If, on the other hand, you are healthy and want household germs on your collar, 60 degrees are completely sufficient - this is more environmentally friendly and also more economical. You are on the safe side if you put a cap of disinfecting hygiene rinse in the fabric softener compartment. You can buy it in every drugstore.

10. Washing too often breaks the bra - YES, NO

Paradox and at the same time a science in itself: Washing too often damages the material of the brassiere, this also applies to washing too infrequently! Expert Roxanna Pelka recommends washing after wearing it three times, because: The acidity of sweat can destroy the elasticity of the fabric. Note that every bra has an almost destructive effect on other items of clothing: the hooks create small holes in clothing. Use a laundry net with every wash.