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It’s getting close to that time of year when many young adults will be heading off to university and starting to lead a more independent life. It can be a steep learning curve – both educationally and in relation to the acquisition of certain life skills – with many having to take on household chores for the first time.

A student accidentally shrinking a jumper in a wash

Therefore, especially for teenagers leaving the parental home to continue their studies, the experts at ACE Gentle, one of the leading stain remover and detergent boosters on the market, have put together their top tips to help the laundry first-timers

Read the labels to prevent disasters!
Check the care instructions on the garment’s label – this will explain what temperature and cycle to wash clothes on and whether they can be tumble-dried.

Separate clothes
Avoid the old cliché of turning white clothes pink by separating out loads into categories – for example, whites, brights, darks and delicates – don’t be tempted to throw everything in together! New clothes, such as jeans, might bleed dye into the wash so keep them separate for the first few washes.

Pre-treat stubborn stains
Getting stuck into university life is an important part of the experience, so it’s inevitable that clothing will get stained with things such as beer, ketchup and mud. These type of tricky stains can be removed if dealt with promptly and properly. ACE is formulated to tackle the eight most common stains caused by dirt, grease, makeup, body soils, food, drink, outdoor and enzymatics, so it’s good to have a bottle handy.

Keep clothes looking good for longer

Adding a detergent booster, such as ACE, to every wash will help keep whites whiter and colours brighter for longer. Turn clothes inside out – jeans lose less dye and wool items are less likely to go bobbly when washed inside out. 

Dry laundry properly

Use the tumble dry function if available, but be aware that certain items may be too delicate to tumble-dry and wool can shrink in the dryer. Alternatively, hang clean clothes up immediately and allow them to dry and air adequately, ideally on a clothes line.

 

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