However, many people forget about this important aspect of laundry because it seems like a hassle. Well, allow me to give you 10 tips on how to keep your socks clean so that you can enjoy their delicious aroma every time they come out of the dryer!
What are we waiting for? Let’s get started!
1. Buy a Laundry Detergent with Stain-Fighting Technology
Smart laundry detergents don't just help remove stains, they also work overtime to prevent them from happening in the first place. This means you can wash your favorite socks and expect them to come out looking new every time. Look for a laundry detergent with a technology that prevents stains from setting in for more efficient cleaning and longer lasting results.
2. Choose The Right Water Temperature
For the best results, make sure the water temperature is cool or warm, but not hot! When it comes to detergent performance, hot water will actually cause some contents of the detergent to react with the dye in fabrics. This will lead to dingy socks. If you have warm water, use cold water instead as warm water will not bring out the color of your socks as much as cold water does.
3. Use a Laundry Detergent Designed For Wool
Wool is an excellent material for making socks because it's strong and softens with each wash. Unfortunately, when exposed to direct water, wool can get damaged and even felted if certain precautions are not taken. This alteration may result in a reduction of breathability and inferior comfort. To prevent this from happening, look for a laundry detergent designed specifically for wool, as it will clean and soften your socks while keeping the fabric strong and intact.
4. Wash Your Socks On The Right Cycle
Washing machine cycles vary from one another, so pay attention to the specifics when choosing the right cycle for your socks. Some cycles may be too short and have a high temperature, while others may have a low temperature that doesn't get hot enough to kill bacteria.
If you don't know what cycle to choose, go ahead and experiment with different cycles until you find one that works best for your socks. This will both clean and soften your socks!
5. Always Sort the Socks
Because the laundry process usually heats clothes to kill germs, it is actually very helpful for the performance of any machine that uses hard water. However, if your socks are too small for the machine, you'll end up with hard water spots - a stain you have to get rid of.
To solve this problem, it is recommended to use only as little water as possible in the wash and always sort your socks (by type of sock) and put them in colors that work well with the machine. When you do this, you will save enough water to kill germs and not damage the machine's ability to remove hard water stains.
6. Use A Soak in the Laundry Bag
A soak in mylar bag on the wash can be very effective in keeping socks clean longer, especially if you are washing them in a high temperature. If you do not want to invest, use a few drops of detergent and add a warm water (probably no more than 50 degrees) and let the sock sit for a bit.
7. Try The 3/1 Rule
How do you wash your socks? If you’re anything like the majority of people, you probably just toss them in the machine and turn it on. However, to keep them clean for longer, it is recommended to wash them in intervals of three. You should wash three pairs of socks at a time using the same detergent and temperature. This will eliminate the problem of “stains” and make sure that your socks feel fresh and clean.
8. Keep Your Socks Clean With Pumice
In order to get rid of hard water spots, you can't just mask them by washing again and again. An old trick is using pumice to minimize hard water stains. Simply put powdered pumice in the washer and add your socks. It should take about ten minutes for the powder to dissolve, allowing the water to be dispersed and all particles will easily fall into the drain.
9. Boost Your Socks With Moisture-Wicking materials
Just like sweaters and socks, ankles and feet need moisture-control fabrics to keep them in good condition. These materials help your socks maintain the natural moisture balance normally found in the human body. Look for these materials when purchasing your next set of socks, shoes or even jeans!
10. Do Not Overheat the Dryer
Even though it is tempting to dry your socks in a very hot dryer to make them smell fresh, this high heat can actually cause damage to the fibers. If you want your socks to stay in perfect condition, you should use a low temperature in the dryer.
Using these 10 great tips can increase the life expectancy of your socks and give you an overall cleaner look in your socks. Try them!