How To Hand Wash Your Clothes

How To Hand Wash Your Clothes

Last Updated on by Daniel Lawrence

Who wants to get their hands dirty? Not me. But if you want to keep your clothes clean, you’ll have to wash them, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors. But who wants to wash their clothes by hand? It’s time-consuming and it just doesn’t seem like it’s worth it.

There is a solution. It’s called a washing machine. It’s a fantastic invention, but not everyone has one. So what can you do if you don’t?

I’m here to give you the basic information about hand washing your clothes.

Why Hand Wash Your Clothes? 

“Handwashing clothes can make them live longer,”  While technological wonders like the washers and dryers save us time, they aren’t necessarily the greatest for our clothes.
The heat can break down delicate materials, and the tumbling of the washer and dryer can cause some items to lose their shape or snag.

If you need a special dress or piece of clothing for an event but don’t want to schlep a whole load of laundry down to the laundromat or use your home machine, hand washing is a terrific option. Hand washing clothes can also help you remove persistent stains without destroying them.

Hand washing is recommended for delicates such as bras and underwear, swimming suits, lace apparel, and wool items. However, always check the label tag on your items carefully to ensure that they are cleaned properly.

While handwashing may appear straightforward in theory, there are numerous ways to cause more harm than good to your prized possessions.

Below is a simple step-by-step guide on how to properly hand wash your clothes and keep them looking new:

How To Hand Wash Your Clothes

Stains Should Be Pre-Treated

If there are any stains on your item(s), fix them now before washing them. The American Cleaning Institute has a helpful stain removal guide that will help you remove almost any problem. Alternatively, you can use your standard stain remover or treatment. Just remember to handle your delicates with care.

Combine the water and detergent in a mixing bowl.

Add your laundry detergent to a sink or washbasin filled with room temperature water. Then, with your hand, mix it up to move the detergent around. Turn off the water when the sink or basin is full.


Place the item(s) in the washing machine and mix the water with your hands or a washing wand to get the detergent to work. Don’t be too hard with your clothes, either. Allow no more than thirty minutes for your clothes to soak, especially silks, as they may shrink.


People frequently make the mistake of rinsing their clothing with their faucets. This is actually terrible for your clothes because the fabric will stretch due to the running water. Instead, place your garments in a colander and spray cold water through it using the sprayer setting on your faucet.


“Don’t get your pants in a tangle” isn’t simply a saying; twisting your garments to remove extra water causes the fabric to lose its shape and may cause harm. Don’t spoil your clothing by stretching them out to dry after spending so much time washing them. Instead, gently compress the item and lay it flat to dry and absorb any excess water.

To dry your clothes, always lay them flat. They will lose their shape or be damaged if you hang them up or put them in the dryer. You can, however, put them on a drying rack to speed up the process.