Just like ice cream and most good things in life, pretty, delicate, and decorated clothing comes with a downside – hand-wash only, cold water, hang to dry. Although this label sounds a bit high-maintenance, these tips will help you take care of your hand-wash only clothes quickly and easily. Most of the clothes with decorations need to be hand-washed, so I have tested the tips below over and over again while working on different DIY decoration designs.
- Use the right detergent
I used to avoid buying hand-wash only clothes at all cost. Or years I used to only wear cotton, colorful, basic clothes – forget about white, lace, embroidered, beads, or sequins. Luckily, I came across Resolve Max Stain Wash. You can find this stain-remover in your local grocery store. It works like a charm. Whether it’s make up stains, sweat stains, food, or even wine, this little magic bottle will take care of it. Spray it on the stains of your hand-wash only clothes and let it work for about 5 minutes.
- Soak the hand-wash only clothes
After the 5 minutes of Max Resolve are up, soak the hand-wash only clothes in warm water and add soap or regular detergent. Relax on the couch for about 30 minutes while the detergents are hard at work.
- Rinse and hang
Rinse the hand-wash only clothes, wring them out gently, and hang them on a plastic hanger. I usually hang them on the curtain pole in the bathroom, because there will be water dripping from the clothes and I want to avoid puddles in random places around the apartment. If drying is taking too long and you want to wear the outfit right away, move the clothes to a sunnier room after they are somewhat dry, i.e. not dripping.
- Enjoy not having to iron the clothes
Even though the 3 steps above take a tiny bit longer than tossing everything in the washer, the good news is that you will not have to iron anything after the hand-wash only clothes are dry. This is one of my favorite hand-wash only perks since if there is one thing I hate more than doing laundry is ironing.