Warning issued over common laundry mistake that can end up ruining your clothes

Doing the laundry
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Environmental issues are at the forefront of everyone's minds at the moment, and a great way to be more conscious is to cut down on your consumption of fast fashion.

This massive industry can have a devastating impact on the planet, so instead of stockpiling new clothes all the time, people are instead being urged to take better care of the things they already have so that they last longer.

This is better for your wallet as well as the planet, as new clothes can be really expensive. However, experts have warned that we could be ruining our clothes without even realising it, due to a very common laundry mistake.

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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