How To Wash Your Clothing With Style

how to wash your clothing

Knowing how to wash your clothing isn’t as easy as it used to be, with new washing machines and a variety of solutions, fabrics and methods, it can really make you sweat. And because effortless bitches don’t sweat over anything other than a good sale, I’m here to show you the ropes.

It hurts my soul when I see a fabulous frock, laundered incorrectly, turn into a tattered heap because it hasn’t been washed properly.

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If you’re a ‘dry clean everything’ or ‘chuck it in the washing machine’ type of effortless bitch, I have some upsetting news for you. Your clothes hate you, because you’re killing them. Knowing how to wash your clothes properly is a skill that comes with being an Effortless Bitch and thanks to the internet and the wonders of youtube, we can even learn correct washing methods based on our model of washing machine or dryer!

Now, I’m not going to go into that much detail, because I really think it’s a bit of information overload. You should know how to wash your clothing based on the fabric, and you should be able to understand the basics of laundry products so you can treat stains when they dance across your wardrobe.

So first things first, I’m going to tell you something your mother has probably told you a bunch of times and that’s; read the care label! It’s not a decoration or something you cut off. It’s there for a reason and as more and more fabrics are becoming mixes of natural and synthetics, it’s important to know they’re not to be treated the same.

Bitch Tip: Natural Fabrics are fabrics made from natural products, cotton, silk, linen and wool are all natural fabrics. On the other hand, Synthetics (also known as man-made fabrics) are fabrics made from chemicals. This includes fabrics like rayon, nylon, elastane and polyester amongst many others.

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The fabrics we’ll be looking at are the basics you will find in majority of clothing, and in this post, if you’re a subscriber you’ll also have access to a fabulous downloadable to keep handy or pass on to your son, daughter or husband for when they have to fend for themselves! So make sure you subscribe in the side bar and you’ll be given a secret password to access our Very Important Bitch page!


how to wash your clothes clothing laundry
how to wash your clothing clothes laundry
how to wash your clothing clothing laundry
how to wash your clothing clothes laundry



Machine wash in warm or cold water.

Cotton with beading or fragile embroidery should be hand washed.

Dry at any temperature, but excessive time using dryer can result in shrinkage.

Iron, steam or hang to dry to remove creases.

Only bleach white garments. Don’t use fabric conditioners.


Machine wash in cold water.

Best cared for when hand washed.

Don’t use your dryer, don’t wring out. Hang to dry on hanger.

Steam or iron on low, inside out.

Don’t use hot water. Don’t bleach.


Machine wash in cold, warm or hot water.

Hand wash if delicate.

Air dry on hanger.

Steam or iron when damp to best remove creases.

Only bleach white linen occasionally, bleaching too often can yellow garments.


Machine wash on cold for 15 minutes.

Best cared for when hand washed.

Dry flat in shade.

Steam to remove creases.

Don’t bleach or use fabric conditioner. Only use cold water to wash.


Machine wash with warm water.

Can be hand washed.

Dry on line, or low setting dryer.

Steam on low heat.

Don’t bleach.


Machine washable.

Best if hand washed.

Low tumble dry or air dry in shade.

Steam or iron on low heat.

Don’t use dryer sheets.


Wash in cold water.

Best if machine washed.

Line dry only. Don’t wring clothing.

Steam inside out.

Do not use vinegar, or hot water. Don’t bleach.


Wash in cold water.

Best if machine washed.

Dry on line.

Iron or steam when damp.

Don’t use hot water or fabric conditioner when washing.

how to wash your clothing clothes laundry

Now that you’ve got the basics down, it’s time we spoke about products, what you need and what each one does so that you can learn how to wash your clothing with the right solutions!

How To Wash Your Clothing

how to wash your clothing clothes laundry

Fabric Softener

If you want fluffy towels and soft sheets and blankets, fabric softener is great! It works well on thicker pyjamas too. Don’t use this in your everyday load, as your everyday wears fabrics won’t be able to handle it. Only use fabric softener for non-clothing items, unless it’s pj’s, so you can get the most out of your clothing.

how to wash your clothing clothes laundry

Washing Powder or Liquid

Washing powder is best used for everyday washing, I use it on towels, clothing and underwear and I spot treat small stains like makeup with Preen Stain Remover prior to turning the machine on.

If you want to use the liquid, try to stick to the measurements on the bottle so you’re not getting residue inside your machine. Liquid washing detergent is best used for general food stains, it’s perfect for children’s sticky fingers.

how to wash your clothing clothes laundry

Stain Remover

There’s two types of stain remover, some that are for treating stains on the run and some that you use just before you wash your clothing. I use Murchison Hume Garment Groom for on-the-run stain removal and Preen Stain Remover for pre-wash stain removal.

how to wash your clothing clothes laundry

Spray Starch

At the supermarket, this product looks a little like spray and cook. It’s a spray you use prior to ironing or steaming and it helps garments that require a little structure, maintain their structure and stay crease free longer.

How To Wash Your Clothing


If you love a white shirt, white cotton, white sheets, Napisan is the thing you want in your laundry cupboards. It comes in a tubular container and you soak your whites in it to brighten them. Don’t ever soak dark clothing in Napisan or you’ll dull them and they won’t be as chic as they once were.

how to wash your clothing clothes laundry

Lingerie Bag

These bags are a god send! If you don’t have any, go and pick up a few. They can be purchased from the super market or any bra and underwear departments in stores like Myer, Target, David Jones or Big W. They’re great for laundering not only bras and swimwear in, but knitwear, some dry clean only products and delicate fabrics that risk catching on other clothing in the machine.

I hope you liked this weeks blog addition and learned something new about how to wash your clothing! Don’t forget to enter your details in our sidebar to get your own printable list of washing instructions as well as a bunch of other beautiful exclusive content!


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Alarna Hope is a Fashion Stylist and Writer based in Sydney, she's considered an expert in her field as a Personal Stylist and is also quite good at writing about herself in the third person. She cries during movie makeover scenes, has a jar of Nutella under her bed for safety, and can tell you the synopsis of every Kath & Kim episode ever. She currently resides in Sydney with her Oscar worthy cat, Meryl Streep.

    1. Thanks Camillia,
      Great tip for Biozet! And I agree, it kills me to see good clothing go to waste because of someone just throwing an item in the machine without checking it. ?

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