Washing clothes, but right - These are the biggest mistakes when washing

Washing clothes, but right - These are the biggest mistakes when washing

Does the laundry really have to be sorted by color? And is it necessary to wash cooking linen at 90 degrees Celsius? Does frequent descaling help increase the durability of the machine? Below, we explain the most common laundry myths and mistakes.

How effective are the 90-degree laundry and sanitizer really against bacteria?

Many consumers use sanitary rinse to make the laundry bacterial. These are not required according to the microbiologist Prof. Werner Solbach. In the clothes are usually harmless germs, so that a normal heavy duty detergent is usually sufficient.

Hang the laundry out to dry, because germs are killed by the UV rays of the sun.

Even a washing at high temperatures is not required and even energy waste. For normally soiled clothing, a wash at 30 to 40 degrees Celsius is sufficient. Only if someone in the family suffers from an infectious disease should they be washed separately at 60 degrees Celsius and, if necessary, with a hygiene rinse.

Sensitive wash should be washed separately.

Excessively high temperatures can damage the laundry - even if it is sensitive textiles.

It is not recommended to spin sensitive laundry too much. Then small holes could be created in the clothing.

Straight bras or silk garments should be washed separately - preferably on the left. To do this, use a care program so that the laundry is not moved so much. For underwired bras, a special laundry bag is also recommended to prevent damage.

Coarse sorting is important

It makes sense to roughly sort laundry based on the type of fabric, the degree of soiling and the color. Do not wash fine blouses with terry towels, because the fabric of the blouses does not tolerate the high temperatures. Be sure to take a look at the washing instructions for each garment, because there you will always find more precise information about what temperatures the laundry endures and whether the colors could rub off. It is not advisable to put heavily soiled clothes in the drum together with clean clothes. Then the dirty clothes could not be properly cleaned. Also, sort the clothes roughly according to the color to avoid a nasty gray veil and a discoloration of the clothes. For the different colors, the following wash programs are recommended:

  • Blue: Dark Coloreds
  • Brown: Darkened or Blackened
  • Yellow: Light Coloreds
  • Green: Dark Coloreds
  • Light Blue: Lighted or White
  • Light gray: Light linen or white linen
  • Pink: Light colored linen
  • Orange: Light colored linen
  • Red: Dark colored linen
  • White: Light linen or white linen
  • Black: Dark linen or black linen

Also, do not wash colorful laundry too hot to prevent colors from bleaching.

Do not use decalcifier too often.

In regions with hard tap water, many consumers are worried about lime damage and often use decalcifiers or softeners to do the laundry. But that's not necessary.

Modern laundry detergents contain not only surfactants and bleaches but also softeners. However, this is often not specified by the manufacturers.

Therefore, you can save yourself the money for too much descaling of the machine. Only in areas with very calcareous water is it advisable to use softener once or twice a year.


There are some common mistakes when washing. This means that the temperature is often set to 60 or 90 degrees Celsius, although this is not necessary. Also hygiene rinse and softener are rarely needed.

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