Cotton, silk, linen – each of these gorgeous fabrics need their own type of laundry detergent. In this article we will look at which washing powder is suitable for what to help keep your textiles feeling soft and looking vibrant for longer.
Sort your laundry before washing – this is the first step of a good laundry routine. You probably know to sort your clothes by what colour they are, (skip sorting your colours by using a sheet of Colour Catcher) but ideally, you’d sort your clothes by fabric, too. A quick look at the care label will tell you what the garment is made of. Silk is best washed separately from cotton, as the two textiles need very different treatments in the washing machine. The washing powder needed for cotton and silk are also different – cotton can handle powerful detergents, while silk needs a gentler detergent.
You can wash light-coloured linen, cotton, viscose, or jersey with a universal detergent for white laundry. It is specially developed to get light-coloured fabrics clean again and keep them shining even after washing many times. The above fabrics are robust enough for a universal detergent, but for colourful laundry things are different again. Let’s take a look.
Colourful textiles such as jeans, T-shirts, and jumpers are best washed with a colour detergent. Unlike detergents for white washing, it ensures that the colours remain intensely bright for as long as possible. Any detergent with bleach will cause colours to bleed or fade, so a specially formulated detergent is ideal because it is tough on stains, but safe for colourful washing.
Silk and wool are a bit more high maintenance when it comes to their care. If you want to keep garments made of these materials for a long time, it is good to use a mild detergent for wool and delicates, which is specially developed for these natural fibres.
Is your skin sensitive? Then you can use detergents that have been developed precisely for this purpose. Here, too, there are products for different textiles and colours, but the main thing is that you ensure it is formulated for sensitive skin.
The question of which washing powder is suitable for what washing is also dependent if you have a washing machine with an appropriate washing program for each fabric type. When you buy a new washing machine, make sure it has wash programs for the fabrics you wear often. For example, if you have a lot of silk tops, a delicate wash program is great so you know you can wear your favourite tops without having to worry about washing them later.