How to take better care of your clothes

By Nikka Garriga

MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA—When it comes to garments, there’s just no contesting of Filipinos being sticklers to cleanliness.

We have our own system of laundry which has evolved in the past years, from the mode of washing to the practices we apply when using cleaning agents.

But are these techniques really effective in keeping our clothes look clean and new?

For instance, there’s a common perception that bubbles indicate just how effective our detergent is. But it seems we got it all wrong.

“Bubbles are a less efficacy feature of detergents. What's inside it is just air, so it doesn't help or do anything significant in the cleaning process at all,” says Clint Navales, external relations leader of Procter and Gamble (P&G).

There is also the idea of using less water and putting more cleaning agent and bleach when doing the laundry.

“You must have at least enough or more water during the washing process to lift the dirt out of the clothes. But this doesn't necessarily mean it needs more cleaning agent,” Navales explains.

A recent study conducted by P&G revealed that clothing consists of not just one but multiple layers of fibers to which dirt and stain can penetrate into.

This has led to the development of a three-dimensional technology called Stainlift, which works by reducing the negative charge of cleaning particles, allowing it to clean deep into the fabric.

“There are different ways by which stain distributes itself. But we found that concentration is highest on the top layer going deep to the third,” he says.

Hence, the amount of detergent and bleach you apply should depend on what type of fabric you are washing.

“Next time we look at dirt and stains in our clothes, we should not only look at it from the surface. Remember that dirt is trapped within, which contributes to clothes looking dingy, worn and old,” Navales adds.

It also pays to remember that those labels sticking out on the neckline or the side of your clothes serve a purpose. Take time to read and understand them first before you cut them off.

This helps lessen unnecessary effort on having to hand wash clothes when you've got a machine to do the job for you.

After all, keeping the quality and look of your garments depends really on how you properly handle them.

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