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How to Wash Clothes by Hand? A Step by Step Guide for New Mommies!

Hand washing the clothes is the best possible way to lengthen the wearing life by preserving the colors, fibers, and detailing. No matter how efficient and latest your washing machine is, it still cannot preserve the quality of clothes in a way that hand washing can.

You can prolong the wearing time and life of your and your kid’s favorite clothes by learning How to Wash Clothes by Hand.

What are the most Important Wearing Items to Wash by Hand?

Obviously, you should not wash curtains and bedsheets by hand. The delicate clothes like:

  • Fancy Tops

  • Underwear

  • Bra

  • Wool Sweaters

  • Silks & Lace Apparels

  • Kid’s Wool Clothes, etc.

these types of apparel are best to wash by hand to avoid that heavy trips to the dry cleaners and to preserve their quality by spending nothing!

How to Wash Clothes by Hand?

Being a Laundry Expert and running my own “”, I come across parents who want to know the best ways to preserve their clothes’ quality and who prefer home laundry and want to become an expert in it.

So today, I am going to write about how to wash clothes by hand at home. Keep reading to reveal the secret laundry tips!

1. Required Items for Hand Washing the Clothes

Required Items for Hand Washing the Clothes
Required Items for Hand Washing the Clothes

You should have the following items at hand reach before going to wash the clothes by hand:

  1. Washing Detergent

  2. Stain Solution

  3. All-purpose cleaning Concentrate

  4. Washtub

2. Read the Care Label

 Read the Care Label
Read the Care Label

To find out which clothing is the best to wash by hand, you will read the label on the clothing item. Then the next step is to decide which detergent is best for washing garments by hand. A mild detergent is the best option should be used if there is no care label.

3. Hand Washing Method

Hand Washing Method
Hand Washing Method

Check for any stains first and treat them with a suitable Wash and stain Bar or Stain Solution. Next is to turn the item inside out

  • Use water that is neither cold nor hot (tepid or room temperature) to fill the wash basin or where you have to wash the clothes

  • Add soap or laundry detergent in water according to the instructions mentioned on the care label

  • Immerse the clothes in detergent-laced water.

  • After gently washing clothing with your hands, soak it for up to 30 minutes. Never scrub or wring the clothing and wash all clothes separately

  • Do a thorough rinse. Use cold or tepid water to remove the remaining water once the soapy water has been removed.

  • Make sure not to wring or twist the item as you press it up against the sink or basin to drain out the extra water.

4. Drying


In order to dry your delicate clothes as soon as possible, the best way is to place them in a towel (it must be flat and in their original shape) and roll them up in the towel (like a sleeping bag) to eliminate extra water to dry delicate clothing as rapidly as possible.

Use more towels and repeat the process several times for quick drying when doing laundry by hand. Line drying delicate clothes is the best way instead of drying them in the dryer.

How to hand Wash Bras and lingerie?

How to hand Wash Bras & Lingerie
How to hand Wash Bras & Lingerie

1. To hand wash the bras or Lingerie, fill a tub with water and add light, alcohol-free hand-washing detergent. Soak the garments in water for 15 minutes

2. Rinse the bra or Lingerie to remove soapy water

3. Before drying it, gently fold your bra against a towel to remove any extra water. Always dry bras on a hanger.

How to Dry Hand-Washed Clothes?

How to Dry Hand-Washed Clothes?
How to Dry Hand-Washed Clothes?

The right method of Drying is an important step in preserving the quality of clothes. I would recommend you hand wash and air dry only for delicate clothes by following the below-mentioned steps:

1. Squeeze out excess water (good for quick drying) by pressing in the towel (never twist or ring the delicate clothes)

2. Air dry the squeezed clothes on a drying rack or in hangers, both are recommended. Do not dry in direct sunlight, a shady place is better

Final Verdict:

Coming to the end of our discussion about “How to Wash Clothes by Hand”, I hope that you have learned the methods of a successful laundry by hand.

Hand washing may seem a hectic task for busy parents, however, it saves a lot of the money that you would spend buying new clothes every other day just because you need to wash them the right way!

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