Handwashing your clothes with fabric conditioner

Our most delicate clothes tend to be our favourites, which is why we take such great care when washing them.

Hand washing delicate garments with a fabric softener is often a safer alternative to a machine wash, and delicate clothes last longer when you use Comfort. This is because fabric softener reduces friction on clothing fibres during washing, meaning they take on less wear and tear over time.

In this guide we’ll show you how to wash clothes by hand and keep your delicates soft by using Comfort.

What Clothes Should I Only Hand Wash?

Fabrics like wool, silk, satin and mohair are considered delicate and can become damaged when machine washed. In most cases, the best way to tell whether a piece of clothing is hand-wash only is by checking the care label.

How to hand wash clothes 

Hand washing clothes is a doddle. Follow these nine steps and you’ll be handwashing in no time.

  1. Check the care label of the garment you’re about to hand wash before you start.
  2. Fill a basin, sink or tub with water, making sure to follow the temperature instructions given on the care label. If you’re washing more than one item of clothing, its best to use the lowest temperature possible, or add hot water as you go. Likewise, make sure to wash clothing by colour group (eg white clothes, dark clothes) to avoid dye transfer.
  3. Pour in the instructed amount of your chosen hand-wash detergent. If you’re using a powder, make sure it has thoroughly dissolved in the water.
  4. Add your clothes to the water, one by one. Clothes with tough stains will need to be soaked for up to half an hour.
  5. Washing clothes by hand
  6. Wash the clothes by gently rubbing fabrics against themselves and swirling around in the water. Concentrate on stained or marked areas, being careful not to scrub too hard.
  7. Drain out the soapy water out and re-fill your basin, sink or tub with fresh water.
  8. Swish your clothes around in the water to lift soap away and thoroughly rinse clothes.
  9. Drain the water and refill again. Pour the desired amount of Comfort into the water, taking care not to pour directly onto fabrics (for extra precaution, you could transfer clothes to a basket during this processes, then place back in the water after fabric conditioner is added).
  10. Leave clothes to soak for up to half an hour.
  11. Drain all the water from your basin, sink or tub.
  12. Rinse each item of clothing with fresh water.
  13. Dry your clothes (especially dresses and jumpers) flat on a towel to help them keep their shape.

Hand-washing the clothes you love doesn’t need to be daunting. By following our advice, you’ll be able to keep your delicate clothes looking great in the safest and easiest way possible.