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    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 9th Oct 16, 4:24 PM
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    Is quick washing bad for clothes?
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    • 9th Oct 16, 4:24 PM
    Is quick washing bad for clothes? 9th Oct 16 at 4:24 PM
    I planned to go to a relatives this weekend and whilst there wash some clothes meaning I don't have to do mine again till Thursday or Friday.

    Yes recently talked about false economy of big loads being worse than small loads, its not the money side of it more that I was worried that constant washing will lighten clothes due to washing out the dye and fabrics will get damaged.

    So I wouldn't mind something to "freshen up" clothes i.e worn a t shirt for a hour or two one day and its smelly but not dirty to put it in wash to get it smelling nice.

    So what I was thinking was.

    The more washes I do even quick washes would damage fabric and lose colour faster.
    Quick washes wouldn't clean the item properly so washing powder/liquid would still be on the clothes.
    The more I use machine would wear down its life as well.

    So was just wondering the actual reality?
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    • flubberyzing
    • By flubberyzing 9th Oct 16, 4:41 PM
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    My current washing machine, which is less than a year old, has a super-quick-wash cycle. I used it once just to see what it was like. It's something like 27 minutes long...
    It was... fine... Okay I suppose if you're one of those folk who wears something once and then washes it, so really your clothes are only having a "freshen up" - but, and maybe I'm grungy - I prefer to wear something maybe 3 or 4 times before washing it, in which case, that 27 minute wash isn't really enough, meaning things have to be washed more often.

    I now just use the standard cottons cycle. It comes in at something a bit mad like 2 hours 30, but you can reduce that to 1 hour 30, which I find absolutely fine MOST of the time.
    But if something has got really bad, like with mud or something, I leave it to do the full 2 hour 30 cycle.

    I live alone, and have a fairly substantial wardrobe, so do a clothes wash (either whites or colours) about every 2 weeks.
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    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 9th Oct 16, 4:51 PM
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    Most weeks my wash is like 1 or 2 pairs of jeans, 1-3 t shirts and if I remember I chuck in tea towels hence why I only do it once a week.

    I already did a wash this week but that was for bedsheets/quilt covers and had underwear in there too so don't want to do another.

    I normally wear a t shirt 2 days, 3 if one or two of those days is just going to supermarket as in the house I just wear pj's and jeans I try and wear for 3 days and often can wear 4 days

    This week I wore my t shirt just 1 day but it was already a bit iffy smelling I think it depends on fabrics as tend to notice certain thicker types of t shirt don't pong.

    What I tended to notice was in the quick washes things didn't smell quite as fresh as a full wash though no pong to them but also almost as soon as I put them on they seemed to pick up smells very fast like sweat.
    • Slowly57
    • By Slowly57 9th Oct 16, 4:52 PM
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    So I wouldn't mind something to "freshen up" clothes i.e worn a t shirt for a hour or two one day and its smelly but not dirty to put it in wash to get it smelling nice.
    Originally posted by dekaspace
    Put it on a hanger on the washing line. Air it out.
    Put it on a hanger in your bathroom, Steam (from shower/bath) it out.
    Does it smell sweaty or deodoranty? If you have a tumble-drier, a quick few mins will freshen.

    For washing machine - you can make do with FAR less than it says on the detergent pack, ditto with fab conditioner. Turn your clothes inside out, pick a low agitation wash and separate loads as appropriate (ie don't stuff a pair of jeans in with your t-shirts).

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    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 9th Oct 16, 5:14 PM
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    Yeah currently I put things out on balcony for as much as a few days but its the armpit area that smells a bit iffy, not full on sweat as much as just clammy whilst rest of t shirt smells nice.
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    • By Caterina 9th Oct 16, 6:53 PM
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    You could give the item a quick hand wash, a good way to do it is while showering, two birds with a stone and not much extra use of water. I do this regularly when on holiday so I don't have to carry too many clothes when travelling.
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    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 9th Oct 16, 7:05 PM
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    • 9th Oct 16, 7:05 PM
    Go see a doctor.... seriously go see a doctor! Might also be worth googling personal hygiene.
    Originally posted by Mr_Singleton
    I am actually good at personal hygine, I have long showers every day and don't put on clothes that arer heavily smelly more it smells heavy clammy smell and the clothes themselves are spotless but with me its hard to pick up on smells.

    I can put on fresh clothes and have a faint sweat smell to me, most people wouldn't even notice it but now and again you would get someone being nasty and normally those times would be the ones where I have only put on fresh clothes like a hour or less before.
    • bellaboo86
    • By bellaboo86 9th Oct 16, 7:58 PM
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    Are you a man by any chance? My clothes are fine on a quick wash but my partner's shirts still smell under the armpits if I only do a quick wash.
    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 9th Oct 16, 9:15 PM
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    • 9th Oct 16, 9:15 PM
    Are you a man by any chance? My clothes are fine on a quick wash but my partner's shirts still smell under the armpits if I only do a quick wash.
    Originally posted by bellaboo86
    Yes I am a male.

    I notice underwear and the like is fine on quick washes (though I hate doing them on it) but t shirts/tops don't smell as fresh.
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 9th Oct 16, 10:39 PM
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    I somehow end up washing a LOT of stuff - 6 adults in the house, one of whom trains or plays football about 5 nights a week, one who's training to run his 3rd marathon, one in a physical job where she's on her feet most of the day, and one who dances. It's a big machine (10.5 Kg) and very capable, but the quick washes just don't cut it unless it's a light load of stuff that has only been worn once, to do nothing much in. To be quite honest, the only 30℃ washes that are any good are the wool & silk/delicates cycles, which would never be a full load anyway.

    The amount of detergent can be reduced quite a lot without the cleanliness varying or lingering smells being left behind. But the temperature can't be, in my experience, and heating the water is what takes the time & uses the energy. A vinegar rinse, by the way, is excellent for obliterating stale smells, but quick washes just don't do the job, for us.
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    • Slowly57
    • By Slowly57 9th Oct 16, 11:03 PM
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    it smells heavy clammy smell and the clothes themselves are spotless
    Originally posted by dekaspace
    I wonder if it is what the clothes are made of? By that I mean natural fibres like cotton are less likely to 'hold on' to sweat and they dry (on the body) more quickly. Maybe try wearing a thin cotton t shirt under a collar and tie shirt/top to see if that helps?

    Also some fabric conditioners can smell a bit 'off' dependent on your body chemistry - I bought one which was supposed to be floral and smelled like burnt plastic when I wore anything laundered in it lol

    The other thing you need to watch out for is overfilling your washing machine. Your clothes need room to swish around and wash and rinse effectively (which I think is probably even more important on a short cycle).
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    • Lynplatinum
    • By Lynplatinum 11th Oct 16, 12:35 AM
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    Have recently bought a brand new A++ rated washing machine (moved house and folks unexpectedly took theirs with them) it was not the cheapest (Sams!ng eco Burble) and have been able to reduce the weekly clothes wash down to a 30 degree from 40 degree wash (which is what they recomended - I tried it and was going to rewash if necessary). It also recommended less cleaning fluid. The clothes come out even cleaner than with my previous machine - which was a cheap one but only 3 years old. So I think the technology is advancing. SO it depends on the effectiveness of the machine you are using.

    Um do feel that t-shirts need changing every day (unless only worn for a couple of hours) and certainly underwear - male or female!! Maybe I just have a sensative nose (not being a smoker) but being close to someone who either doesnt wash themselves (at least every other day) or clothes regularly is repulsive. As a teacher of children I have, over the years encountered both children and adults who suffered with not realising their odor - and I have had the unenviable task of telling parents to clean their kids and their kids clothes more frequently. Not fun!
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 11th Oct 16, 10:30 AM
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    I wash lightly just-worn-for-a-short-time-clothes on a short wash in my machine and it seems to be fine.Clean underwear is a must for me every day as I would just feel 'grungy' if I didn't.But perhaps trousers/ jeans don't need washing after one wear,more so in the winter when its hard to get stuff dried indoors.

    I strip and change the bedding weekly and towels I save until I have enough to do one wash at a time I change tea towels daily as I am drying the plates I put my food on with them.I'm not keen on washing up cloths as I think they just are disgusting and use j.cloth type cloths (I do cut them in half as they are more than big enough

    Re detergent: I use half the amount recommended with a small handful of washing soda which I buy from a discount shop for about 60p a box.I use white vinegar instead of conditioner as I don't like the slimy feel of conditioner on clothes and the smell of some of them is revolting.I f I want to smell of something then I will use anti perspirant, and my own choice of perfume not some airy-fairy company's idea of what clothes should smell of Mine are line dried and smell of fresh air which is free what on earth is ylang ylang anyway
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    • By Slowly57 11th Oct 16, 10:58 AM
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    If I want to smell of something then I will use anti perspirant, and my own choice of perfume not some airy-fairy company's idea of what clothes should smell of Mine are line dried and smell of fresh air which is free what on earth is ylang ylang anyway
    Originally posted by JackieO
    ylang ylang is a flower hun - it probably smells lovely and delicate in real life

    You are spot on with what you said JackieO - you can't beat line-dried. I tend to go for lavender if I can't get unscented as moths are supposed to hate it.
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    • By ScotinLondon 11th Oct 16, 11:18 AM
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    We use zoflora and only a drop as conditioner, when drying on the line or on a maiden in-doors.

    We are like Jackie O - we use less than the recommended amount for the detergent plus a small amount of soda crystals too.

    Our washing machine does a quick 20 minute wash too but for a longer wash, at 30degree wash - we can do a wash for an hour and that gets our clothes nice and clean etc

    All towels go in at a 60degree wash and get a full time wash too.

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    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 11th Oct 16, 2:19 PM
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    Um do feel that t-shirts need changing every day (unless only worn for a couple of hours) and certainly underwear - male or female!! Maybe I just have a sensative nose (not being a smoker) but being close to someone who either doesnt wash themselves (at least every other day) or clothes regularly is repulsive.
    Originally posted by Lynplatinum
    Well I do wear them for a hour, two or so maximum a day and just walking about would never for example wear a t shirt that had even been worn for under a hour if I did something like heavy lifting (though in that case I may chuck on a already iffy smelling t shirt for that very reason) I change underwear at least once a day and when younger 2-3 times a day average even 4 at its peak till I realised I was making a lot of washing and whats the point in fresh underwear if I am going to bed anyway and as long as I washed down areas that can get smelly I was fine.

    Like I want to go up town and put on a fresh t shirt, in total might take about a hour I come home and then put stuff back on the balcony to air.

    With one t shirt which seems thicker (so maybe the fabric used) I can go up town and back and smell basically nothing unless you checked and even then it would be so small you would have to know its there.

    With some other ones (that seem thinner on me to wear) I can do as much as walk to bus stop and they feel like they are clammy smelling at least again if you went right up to them and smelled it.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 11th Oct 16, 2:26 PM
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    ScotinLondon, it must be something to do with my tiny late 'weedgie' Mum who instilled frugality into me almost from birth, I could see her walking around a supermarket if she was still alive today tutting about the amount of cash wasted on unnecessary things that are sold today ,one of them being 'conditioner' whether for clothes or hair.

    Hair was rinsed until 'squeaky' clean then towel dried and a frequently muttered 'fools and their money are easily parted ' and as for 'fast food !! I haven't a clue what she would make of that.

    Like me she would probably want to know what you did with all the time you 'saved' and the money you didn't
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    • Mr_Singleton
    • By Mr_Singleton 11th Oct 16, 6:25 PM
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    Oh bless.... old people...

    How many of them went to the grave complaining about the price of everything yet left sizable estates. Too many old people are unable to distinguish between being financially savvy and plain old mean.

    Granny left close to a million yet watered down the milk to make it 'go further' and wrapped herself in blankets rather than put the heating on. She was always complaining how wasteful everyone else was.
    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 11th Oct 16, 7:14 PM
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    My gran died young in her mid sixities 30 years ago(actually may of been younger, when I look at photos of her she looks much older and reminds me of Dame Everidge but I assume just the fashion of the time)

    She left a house which sold for 40 thousand at the time (which I assume would be a few hundred in modern terms) and 40 thousand in savings.

    My dad said she would make the tiniest portions of food, but well cooked but massive home made desserts, and went on one expensive holiday a year to Scarborough in the Grand Hotel (which in todays prices is a few hundred a week) but was frugal the rest of the time.
    • ScotinLondon
    • By ScotinLondon 11th Oct 16, 8:59 PM
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    Oh bless.... old people...

    How many of them went to the grave complaining about the price of everything yet left sizable estates. Too many old people are unable to distinguish between being financially savvy and plain old mean.

    Granny left close to a million yet watered down the milk to make it 'go further' and wrapped herself in blankets rather than put the heating on. She was always complaining how wasteful everyone else was.
    Originally posted by Mr_Singleton
    Mr Singleton...it's different strokes for different people. In my own household, it is only me working & therefore paying for everything, as my lovely DH has an incurable illness which is nowstarting to take effect & I am not even 50! I try to be frugal in some areas to make moneyetc go further so that we can have a few luxuries now as in the future, I may have to give up work.

    Being frugal does not mean 'plain mean'. We all have our reasons.

    Finally, sorry OP for highjacking your thread.
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