Hand wash versus machine wash has always been a highly debated topic with multiple views floating around. Love&Care is here to make life more convenient and to make it easier for you to decide what suits your clothes best.
First and foremost, read the care label attached to your garment. Follow the instructions on the care label. Many a times, it is not be advisable to wash delicate clothes at home. Care labels on such clothes may demand a trip to the dry cleaners.
The main difference between hand washing and machine washing resides in the intensity and force with which the garments are squeezed and rinsed. When clothes rub against each other, friction is created. This scrubbing effect is what helps remove dirt. We cannot expect our washing machines to be gentle with our delicate clothes and care for them as we do. In addition to this, certain fabrics and embellishments may be negatively impacted. The agitation process may cause shrinkage and lead to the loss of exquisite embellishments.
If the care label reads ‘Hand Wash Only’, it means that hand wash is the only recommended method as the fabric may be too delicate to handle the agitation of machine wash.
Machine wash not only causes wear and tear of the fabric at a microscopic level but can cause warping to develop. Warping might not be visible to the naked eye initially, but tiny holes can manifest in a few days leaving you clueless as to how they got there in the first place!
If you wish to use the delicate cycle in the washing machine, it is advisable to place clothes in a net bag which will help reduce damage (though it is always recommended to wash them by hand).
Note: Detergents are specifically crafted for either hand wash or machine wash. Therefore, these must not be used interchangeably.