Laundry basics 101: Ultimate guide for washing your clothes without ruining them

From washing smelly gym clothes with vinegar to treating make-up stains with shaving foam this guide will turn doing your laundry into a much more satisfying task.



You’ve been washing your clothes all wrong! Experts reveal hacks that will get your garments REALLY clean – from putting vinegar in with your gym gear to removing ink stains with milk

  • Care label symbols confuse many, while others simply wash with detergent
  • Workout gear should be washed cold with vinegar to eliminate odours 
  • Coffee stains can be melted away with baking soda and oil with white chalk  
  • These laundry hacks will ensure that you never ruin your favourite shirt again  


We’ve all had that sinking feeling when taking washing out of the machine to find it’s not as clean and fresh smelling as you’d hoped for. 

But if you want your clothing to come out squeaky clean, there’s more to it than throwing your gym gear in with detergent and softener and hoping for the best. 

Now experts from Luckily Workwear Giant have compiled the ultimate hacks for ensuring your load comes out squeaky clean, while ensuring delicate items don’t get damaged. 

From washing smelly gym clothes with vinegar to treating make-up stains with shaving foam this guide will turn doing your laundry into a much more satisfying task. 


Getting your clothes squeaky clean involves more  thank throwing them in the machine with detergent and softener (stock image) 

How to wash common items in your wardrobe

Workout clothes

  • Use cold water and half a dose of detergent with one cup of white vinegar – this will eliminate odours
  • Do not use fabric softener


  • Spot clean for minor stains in between washes – jeans can be worn four or five times before they need to be cleaned again
  • Use cold water on a delicate cycle with mild detergent

What should I use to pre-treat stains? 

Coffee – baking soda. Sponge or soak the stain in cool water, then sprinkle a teaspoon on to the stain. Then wash using sodium hypochlorite bleach

Lipstick – rubbing alcohol

Oil – white chalk

Deodorant – dryer sheets


Grease – dishsoap. Place the stained object face down on clean paper towels. Rub the stain with dish soap in circular motions using an old tooth brush. Let it dry, rinse off the dishsoap and then wash the clothing on the hottest water suitable for that fabric type

Sweat – lemon juice

Make-up – shaving cream

Red wine – dish soap and hydrogen peroxide 


Blood – hydrogen peroxide

Grass – vinegar

Ink – milk. Let the stain soak in two parts milk, one part vinegar, overnight 


  • Use a low temperature with gentle detergent on a delicates cycle
  • Use net bags for bras 


  • Unbutton shirts before washing
  • Wash on a permanent press but check the care label for the temperature


  • Use a delicate cycle, or wool if your machine has it
  • Only use mild detergent, or consider buying one designed specifically for wool


  • Add three tablespoons of white vinegar – it will restore the shininess of the material
  • Hand wash with cool or tepid water
  • Use a gentle detergent

Coats and jackets 

  • Wash in a front-loading washing machine, as top-loader drawers can damage coats
  • Use a delicate cycle

The dos and don’ts of laundry basics


  • Pre-treat stains as soon as they happen
  • Sort clothing by colour and fabric type so it’s washed on the correct cycle
  • Zip up zips before washing to prevent holes
  • Wash clothing inside out  


  • Put bleach on elastic/spandex items even if they’re white, as it will eat the elastic
  • Use fabric softener on towels – it reduces the absorbency 
  • Overload your washing machine
  • Leave wet clothes in the drum after the wash load has finished – it only takes 24 hours for mildew to start growing
This handy guide explains which cycle and which temperature you should use for your cloth


This handy guide explains which cycle and which temperature you should use for your cloth


Which drying cycle should you use?

Regular/high heat

  • Whites  
  • Linens
  • Jeans
  • Towels
  • Sheets
  • Pre-shrunk items 

Can be used for any item of clothing washed in hot water

Care instructions on clothing labels (above) don't have to be confusing with this simple guide


Care instructions on clothing labels (above) don’t have to be confusing with this simple guide


Permanent press/medium heat

  • Shirts
  • Dresses
  • Jackets
  • Outerwear  

Can be used for most pieces of clothing 

Delicate/low heat

  • Knitwear
  • Fragile fabrics 

Air drying/no heat


This setting fluffs clothing at room temperature, which can help remove dust and pet hair.


article from @ Mangmoo blog