7 laundry myths busted
Tired of being told how to do your laundry? Disprove outdated laundry myths with modern AEG appliances…
24 Feb 2017
From ‘you must hand-wash a wool sweater’ to ‘washing at 30º doesn’t really clean’. When it comes to laundry there’s a wealth of advice about what you should and shouldn’t do.
AEG washing machines and tumble dryers use sophisticated technology to disprove many of these myths.
1. More detergent means cleaner clothes
Myth: The more detergent you add, the cleaner your clothes will be
If you’re washing a bigger load, or your children’s sports clothes, you’d be inclined to think more detergent would deliver a more thorough clean.
Fact: Detergent takes a long time to dissolve and using too much makes it harder to wash it out. AEG’s ?KOMix™ technology pre-mixes the detergent and softener with water before it enters the drum. The detergent is fully dissolved, with the mix getting to work immediately – spraying deep into the fibres of your clothes so every fibre is cleaned and cared for.
2. Tumble-drying will destroy delicates
Myth: You should never put wool or silk in the tumble dryer
From expensive wool sweaters shrinking to half the size, to a silk blouse wrinkled and creased. Delicates and tumble dryers are a fashion disaster.
Fact: You can tumble dry woollens and silks with an AEG AbsoluteCare™ dryer. It creates bespoke drying cycles for your clothes with the precision drum movement of its Premium Wool programme. With Woolmark Blue certification, it’s now safe to tumble dry hand-wash only woollens.
It gives you the confidence to ‘put woollen garments into the machine without risk of destroying them,’ says Woolmark.
3. Cool wash compromises on cleaning
Myth: You can’t get clothes properly clean at 30º
Washing at 30º used to mean you compromised on cleaning power – while many fabrics, like towels, were a complete no-no.
Fact: 30 is the new 60 – modern washing machines work wonderfully at lower temperatures. Take AEG’s SoftWater Technology™. It purifies the water of harsh minerals so the detergent is activated at much lower temperatures. The result? Cleaning benefits of a 60º wash at just 30º.
4. Sunday evenings are spent ironing
Myth: Sunday evenings are spent ironing rather than watching big-budget drama
Ironing is among the housework we hate the most, according to a poll for BBC Radio 4’s Women’s Hour. And there’s nothing you can do to make it easier.
Fact: AEG ProSteam Technology™ adds steam into the drum at the end of your washing cycle. It reduces wrinkles by up to a third, so you can spend less of your Sunday evening ironing and more time watching The Crown.
5. All hand wash items MUST be hand-washed
Myth: Woollens and silk can end up misshapen when machine washed
Putting wool or silk in the washing machine seems wrong – for generations we’ve been warned they must be hand-washed only.
Fact: Hand-washing can actually stress the fibres. But AEG washing machines are certified by Woolmark as being even gentler than washing by hand. They have smoother drum surfaces and rotations, so you can wash silk, linen and wool in the machine without snagging or stretching.
‘These appliances eliminate the need to hand-wash garments,’ says Woolmark.
6. Waterproof jackets and tumble drying are a no-no
Myth: I can’t put my waterproof jacket in the dryer if I want it to stay waterproof
Some outdoorsy jackets have a waterproof coating that can be broken down over time, and tumble drying could speed this up.
Fact: The waterproof protection can be easily restored at home. AEG’s Outdoor Programme uses the right amount of heat to restore your jacket’s waterproofing when drying in an AbsoluteCare™ dryer.
After a day braving the elements, you can launder with confidence at home.
7. Smaller loads are wasteful
Myth: Washing smaller loads can waste time, energy and water
You need to wash a PE kit for the morning or dry your favourite jeans last-minute, but small loads seem a waste of energy.
Fact: AEG’s ProSense™ uses sensors to tailor the washing or drying cycle according to the weight of your laundry. So each load – no matter how small – is washed with just the right amount of energy and time.
Bust laundry myths with your own AEG washing machine