Common laundry mistake that could be ruining your clothes - and what to do instead

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It's not a secret that clothes, like many other things these days, can be really expensive. And while the high-end stuff definitely isn't a necessity, it's nice to have a good few options to rely on when we don't know what to wear.

And the last thing we want to do is ruin our clothes by accident, and have to fork out for a replacement. While this can easily happen by accident, one common laundry step that many of us do could actually be causing a lot of damage.

Not only can it wreak havoc on your clothes, but your washing machine as well - which is a lot more expensive to replace than a couple of t-shirts.

Consumer experts at Which? have urged people to start taking better care of their clothes in order to avoid extra spending, and also to minimise the impact on the planet. They've highlighted a couple of tips and tricks to follow, including one very popular washing mistake that plenty will be guilty of.

In order to keep your clothes in better condition for longer, it could be worth ditching your fabric conditioner. This can leave a residue on clothes that builds up over time and can be tricky to remove.

Using this can also make it more difficult for your laundry detergent to penetrate and actually clean your clothes. It can also make towels less effective at absorbing water, and it can irritate sensitive skin too.

However, if you do want your clothes to be soft when they come out of the wash, there's a simple product you can use that isn't as harmful - and it's much cheaper too.

Distilled vinegar can be used as an additional step when you wash your clothes in order to keep them fresh and soft. Simply hand-wash your clothes first with some vinegar diluted in water, before popping the load in the machine as normal.

Baking soda can also help soften your washing - just add a cup of it to the dispenser tray before your wash.

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