Cleaning expert shares ‘one hand rule’ you should stick to when doing laundry to ensure clothes come out stain free

WASHING can be a chore, but according to this cleaning expert, the key to getting it right is a simple rule.

While there are many reasons why laundry can go wrong, overfilling your washing machine is one that you may not have taken into account.

Laundry rules will ensure your clothes come out fresh and clean


Laundry rules will ensure your clothes come out fresh and cleanCredit: Getty
Putting too many clothes in the washing tub can cause clothes to smell


Putting too many clothes in the washing tub can cause clothes to smellCredit: Getty

Talking to Alex Lucas frim Bosch explained why the one-handed rule can be a game changer for your clothes.

“You may want to pack your drum with as much laundry as possible, but overloading the machine will reduce washing performance and can even cause damage to your appliance,” he says.

The professional explains that clothes cannot move freely when they are stuck in the drum.

This means that detergents cannot clean clothes effectively, which means stains are harder to remove and odors can linger.

He added: “It can also increase the pressure inside the drum, especially when spinning at high speeds, which can cause damage.

In fact, stuffing clothes into the drum can make them smell even worse, experts at Ariel told

This is because the clothes will absorb the water, but there won’t be enough space for the bleach to dissolve properly.

It also means that you can also leave terrible detergent stains on your clothes, they note.

Of course, you also don’t want to overfill the machine because it’s not very economical.

That’s where the one-handed rule comes into play – simply measure the width of your hand at the top of the washing machine to make sure there’s enough space.

And if your hand doesn’t fit in the tub, that means you should take some clothes off for the next wash cycle.

“It is also important to sort clothes by fabric and color to avoid possible damage,” the expert said.

“Arrange your laundry into these groups and always read care instructions labels for your clothing items.”

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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