Is Hand-Washing Better than Machine-Washing

The ultimate question when it comes to laundry is whether washing clothes by hand is better than having them washed in the machine. Right?

There are several opinions, all of them varying and depending on the kind of clothes you are washing, what kind of fabric are and, how long you need to wash. There really is not one definite answer to this question; however, there are suggestions and guidelines which you can follow to make a practical and well-informed decision.

In this article, I want to share the pros and cons of washing clothes both by hand and, in the washing machine and what each does to your clothes anyway. The rest is up to you to choose.

Is Hand-Washing Better than Machine-Washing

Let’s begin then!

Hand-washing your Clothes

What if washing machines were never invented? If washing machines did not exist today, then all of us would have done the same thing our ancestors had to do, wash our clothes by hand. It is the good old-fashioned way and it requires little technical knowledge and it is a natural cleaning process for your clothes.

This has its own advantages and disadvantages as well, and I am going to talk about them.

Advantages of washing your Clothes by Hand

  1. To start with, if you wash your clothes by hand, then you are most definitely not risking damaging the fabric of the clothes on a microscopic level. Because washing by hand results in very limited agitation and friction between the clothes, there is no wear and tear in the fibers of your clothes and they are more likely to remain fresh, preserved and unharmed for a longer period of time. This is especially true for delicate items, for instance, silk.
  2. Secondly, hand-washing your clothes mean that you are most probably going to hang your clothes outside in the sunlight to allow them to air-dry naturally. This is also good news for your clothes since the heat from the drying cycle in a washing machine might harm your clothes.
  3. Moreover, for better results, you will be more satisfied if you wash your clothes using your hands. This is because, although the washing machine does a great job at washing your clothes in general, it is getting rid of those tricky spots and stains in the nooks and crannies in your clothes that really need your hands for the job. You have a better chance at removing those sneaky little stains under the collars of your shirts if you are using your hands because then you can directly scrub on the stain as much as your need to. Therefore, hand-washing will give you a better finish.
  4. Hand-washing clothes are more sustainable regarding the efficient use of resources such as electricity and water.

Disadvantages of washing your Clothes by Hand

  1. In contradiction with the benefit of saving water, this may not be the case when it is time to wash a lot of clothes. If you are washing a lot of clothes by hand, then chances are that you are actually using up a lot more water than you would have if you were the same number of clothes in the washing machine. This is because modern washing machines have features to save and water when there is a big load to wash. However, by yourself, you may not be able to keep such a rack of water consumption.
  2. Washing clothes by hand demands a great deal of time and effort. So if you are planning on getting other chores done after you have washed all of the clothes, then you may not be able to do so in the required time. If you want to wash your clothes by hand, then be prepared to invest a significant part of your day in this chore.
  3. In addition to the point above, hand-washing clothes also require physical labor. So regularly washing your clothes all by yourself, might take a huge toll on your body.
  4. If you have a big family, then you might not be able to finish washing all of the clothes in one laundry day. This is mostly due to the time restraint and the great amount of physical exertion that is required.

Machine-washing your Clothes

Washing machines were one of the countless inventions made to make our lives easier and, like every invention, washing machines also have their share of upsides and downsides and, we are going to look at them in this article.

Advantages of washing your Clothes in the Washing Machine

  1. Apart from a little physical activity like transferring your clothes from the washer drum to the spin drum, pouring detergent in the dispensers and throwing your clothes in and taking them, you do not have to put a strain on your body as you would have to do otherwise if you were hand-washing your clothes.
  2. Machine-washing your clothes will save you a bunch of time so you can accomplish other household chores and productive work. Modern washing machines can fill the water, use detergent as per requirement and dry your clothes too. With the right features and the correct commands, your machine will take care of washing, rinsing in fresh water and drying your clothes in one go.
  3. Washing machines have capacities to take care of a lot of clothes at once. Owing to advanced technology, different kinds of washing machines can wash clothes weighing up to 5kg to 8kg. This can add great value to your life if you have to do laundry for a big, busy family.

Disadvantages of washing your Clothes in the Washing Machine

  1. The biggest downside of having your clothes washed in the washing machine is that it can be rough on your clothes. This is because the process of washing your clothes goes through inside a washing machine.

    You see, washing machines clean your clothes by tumbling them around. Agitation is applied to your clothes and this causes great friction between the clothes as they get roughly rubbed against each other. This in turn leads to tiny wear and tear in the fibers in your clothes. The damage done by washing machines is most definitely not immediate or noticeable, however, it does happen and you will see the impact on your clothes gradually.

    This is also why washing machines are not safe for particular fabrics like linen and silk and their manufacturers provide a “hand-wash only” warning/instruction on the garment’s care label.
  2. Along with water, washing machines consume a great deal of electricity to operate too.

To Wrap it up

As you can see, both processes have their own advantages and disadvantages and all of them are worth considering when making a choice. It all comes down to the size of your family, your schedule, your financial situation, the kind of fabric your clothes in question are made of and lastly, what you feel most secure with.

I hope my article was able to help you make a smart decision about how you want to wash your clothes.

Best of luck!

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