People are only just realising that they’ve been using their washing machines all wrong – there’s a change you must make

WITH the holiday freeing up our free time, now is the perfect time to plow through your laundry.

However, according to one expert, many of us have washed our clothes wrong, and there’s a common mistake we all make.

Pour the laundry conditioner into the washing machine to get clean clothes


Pour the laundry conditioner into the washing machine to get clean clothesPhoto credit: Getty

Comfort experts have found that more than two-thirds (69%) of Brits misuse their washing machine because they don’t know when to add fabric softener to their laundry.

It works best when added during the rinse cycle. More than a third (34 percent) of people have admitted it is added during the pre-wash cycle – resulting in the wash not benefiting from the product’s softness.

But it’s not just the fabric softener wreaking havoc on your clothes.

Good Housekeeping laundry expert Richard Wilkinson previously revealed that Brits get many other things wrong when it comes to our clothes.

He shared the following tips…

1. Never use fabric softener on our towels as they will become ‘less absorbent’.

2. Do not wash polyester clothes at high temperatures, otherwise you will never get the creases out.

3. Only wash underwired bras in the “hand wash” program.

4. New clothes should only be washed with similar colors to avoid running. We’re not just talking about dark and white colors – you may need to do a whole “red wash”.

5. Wash clothes inside out to avoid blisters.

Richard added: “If the clothes become bobbles, try to remove the bobbles in a delicious way with duct tape, or carefully use a razor blade.”

Emma James

Emma James 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. Emma James 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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