How to hand wash clothes?


All the clothes can’t be washed in washing machines. Different fabric needs different washing instructions.

Especially, the fabrics like silk, rayon and wool needs hand washing because these fabrics can be easily damaged with high pH and enzymatic products.

We should always check the care labels carefully before washing our clothes.

Washing clothes by hands is a bit of extra work but it is a gentle way of washing our delicate clothes. Hand washing increase life span of our clothes.


Before washing we should separate dark and light-coloured clothes. Then fill the tub with cold or hot water (as suggested on the care label).

Add a mild detergent (neutral pH and non-enzymatic) and dissolve it completely. Now the wash solution is ready. We can add few mL of conditioner as well.

Now soak your clothes to the wash solution and leave them for 20 -30 minutes. If the clothes are heavily stained leave them for longer duration (2-3 hours). Gently swish the clothes until they are clean.

Now take them out and rinse with clean water for 3 -4 time or until the water runs clear.

Now gently squeeze out excess water from the clothes and dry them immediately away from direct heat and sunlight. The exposure of direct heat and sunlight can decolourise our clothes.

Washing twice is recommended if your clothes are extra dirty. The use of rubber gloves is always recommended for the people with sensitive or damaged skin.

At Farthings Cambridge, we take special care of your delicate clothes and offers gentle hand washing with suitable detergents.


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