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Tip Tuesday – how often you should wash things

by Emma Lord, Oct 2016

Have you ever wondered how often you should wash things? This list should cover every item and more.

Sheets – once a week

Dust mites love dirty sheets, so make sure you wash yours at a high temperature once a week. This will help with asthma, hay fever and eczema.

Pillows – every 3 to 6 months

Stick your pillows in the washing mashing two at a time on a gentle cycle, followed by two rinse cycles and a drying cycle.

Jeans – every 4 to 5 wears

It’s not just an excuse we tell ourselves are eating a bit too much chocolate – jeans do shrink every time you wash them. Make sure you get a good few wears out of them, then wash them inside out on a cold wash. Let them drip dry for the best results.

Bras – every 3 to 4 wears

Bras should be washed on a regular cycle every 3 to 4 wears. More importantly though, you should never wear the same bra two days in a row as the elastic needs time to reshape.

Windows – twice a year

Use a squeegee to clean your windows inside and out twice a year.

Mattress – every 6 months

Hoover the top of your mattress with an upholstery attachment, then remove stains by wiping them down with a damp cloth, using upholstery shampoo if needed.

Oven – every 6 months

Everyone hates this job, but it really should be done every 6 months. Remove the racks and soak them in warm water. Spray the interior and door with oven cleaner and leave for a few hours, then wipe clean. Alternatively, put this as a job for your Well Polished cleaner to do!

Carpet – once a year

Steam clean the carpet one a year to remove any trapped allergens and dust.

Purse/wallet – every week

You may have never thought to clean your purse, but tests have shown that they sometimes carry E.coli and other germs. Use alcohol-free baby wipes on leather materials, and traditional hand washes for cotton.

Washing machine/dryer – every month

Run the machine through at its highest level and hottest temperature with two cups of white vinegar. Repeat with half a cup of baking soda then wipe clean.

Bath towels – once a week

Use half the amount of detergent when washing bath towels as too much will make them less fluffy. Skip the fabric softener and wash them in warm water.

Fridge – once a week

Use equal parts water and white vinegar to wipe the inside and outside, leaving the door open for a short time afterwards to dry it out.