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Tip Tuesday – how often you should wash things

by Well Polished Tunbridge Wells, 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.