The Darling Homemaker

The Darling Homemaker

Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday’s Laundry No.1

 Happy Monday Lovelies,

I viewed this 1950s commercial video and I can picture how excited homemakers of that time would have been to see such television advertisements.  The simple thought of owning the latest washer and dryer would have meant for women back in the day doing laundry work with ease, take a look. 


Has anyone ever wondered where the term Monday’s laundry comes from?  Well, let me tell you, this old term was used back in the days when women did not have washing machines and had to wash clothing and household items by hand only. Washing on Monday’s meant having clean clothes to wear all week long.  But with the invention of washer machines changed all that. Now women can do laundry which ever day they see fit.  But are we certain the washing machine will clean our clothes properly?  The only way to have accurate results is to know how washing cycles work.

Knowing how to correctly set the washing cycle on your washer machine can make all the difference in caring for garment with special care and instructions.  To launder in the best possible manner making the least waste of time and effort it is necessary to understand the washer machine cycles.  If you have an automatic washer there are several cycles to choose from regular cycle, permanent-press, gentle or delicate, water level, and temperature of water. 

To understand how these cycles work is to avoid frustration and possible anger when a garment tears when it comes out of the washer.  So let’s take a closer look at what each cycle does.

Regular or Normal washing cycle means you are choosing the greatest amount of force the washing machine provides.  And this type of cycle is used mainly for garments or household items which are sturdy mainly made of cotton and are used on a daily basis. This type of cleaning requires an all purpose detergent and if the clothes are very dirty you can set the water temperature to hot or presoak to successfully clean your items with the least amount of effort.  Making sure the load size is correct the results will be great for if you wash just a few items on a large load setting the clothing may not clean properly simple because there is not much rubbing. If the washer is set on a small load cycle and too many garments are put in the wash it will result in minimal cleaning with awful rinse having the clothes left with detergent residue, and may cause your clothing to wear out.  Therefore, it is very important to set the correct cycle before starting the washer machine.

Permanent-Press washing cycle is best for those garments or household items made of synthetic materials and wrinkle resistant cotton and linens.  The agitation time is shorter than a regular or normal cycle and the washing water temperature is hot with the rinsing being cold.  The cold rinse assists in reducing the rubbing of synthetic fibers to protect the quality of the item.  The only downside to using permanent-press cycle is reducing the washing power and in most cases when using this cycle means you have to pretreat or presoak the items before washing to get a more clean effect.  Now, you can incorporate a laundry booster into your wash and this will help eliminate odor potential which is one of the main problems when having items made of polyester, polypropylene, and acrylic fabrics. 
Delicate or Gentle washing cycle is needed for those items made of silk, wool, viscose rayon, acetate, acrylic, and modacrylic.  Items with these types of fabrics are very delicate so a gentle the agitation needs to be minimal and is recommended. This type of cycle works best when the water temperature is cool warm and the rinse should be cold.  Simply because the cool warm wash will clean those delicate items nicely and the cold rinse will protect the garments with fragile fibers and keep them in shape.  Also, it is important to remember not to use the spinning at full force and should be avoided for if you spin very fast stress will be put on the fabrics and you could possibly end up with a torn or damaged item.
That being said, let’s care for our most valuable garment and household linens the best possible way and enjoy a great Monday’s laundry day.