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The Best Care Tips for Sock Washing

Our ultimate guide includes types of methods to wash socks, how to separate other garments when washing your socks, and how not to lose your socks in the wash.

The Ultimate Guide to Washing Your Socks

Socks are essential garments that need to be taken care of in the same way as other clothes to keep them clean and maintain their appearance. It is not uncommon for people to wear two or three pairs of socks at the same time because they are cold or there are holes in them. There are plenty of ways to wash your socks and keep them looking new for a long time. The methods range from handwashing to using the washing machine.

Handwashing

Handwashing is one of the most excellent ways to clean your socks if they're lightly dirty or have an unpleasant smell. You can scrub them with soap and water until they are sufficiently clean, then rinse them thoroughly with fresh water. Hang the socks in a place with good air circulation until they dry completely before putting them away, so they don't get smelly again.

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Machine Wash

When washing your socks in a washing machine, put them in a mesh bag or pillowcase, then place them next to the rest of the clothing. It's better not to wash socks with delicates such as underwear and bras because their fabrics could cause lint. And it would be best to use quick cycles for washing.

Here are more tips when washing your socks:

 

  • Having the right temperature for washing your socks is essential. The average temperature for washing socks is 30-40 degrees Celsius.
  • Soak your socks in cool water and use a mild detergent.
  • Place your socks in the machine with other clothing, but not with towels or cotton.
  • If it’s machine wash, wash on a gentle cycle using cold or warm water if it has been prewashed appropriately.
  • Add 1/4 cup of white vinegar during the final rinse cycle of the wash; good for preventing odors from accumulating and removing excess sweat from the fabric.
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Do You Need To Wash White Socks Separately?

The color of clothes has become less important, and people are more inclined to buy what they like. The same is true of socks. Different colors are considered acceptable to wear together in layers. The question then becomes: do you need to wash white socks separately? White socks, like other white clothes, should be washed separately from other garments. Washing white socks with other clothes is not a good idea, as it can cause color bleeding. Higher quality detergents are less likely to cause color bleeding to your white clothes and make them look whiter than cheaper ones would do.

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Wash New Socks Separately

We need to wash new socks properly. The first washing is crucial because it will help the properties of the fibers to “set,” and they won’t lose their shape as much after washing. We can also make a warm soapy solution and soak the socks overnight to shorten the process of washing later on.

Then use a towel and air dry, so the wrinkles don’t get set if they release during the drying process.

How to Never Lose Your Socks in the Wash Again

So what do you need to know about storing your socks? Well, it may seem a bit silly, but it can be pretty easy to lose socks in the wash for those of us with many clothes.

 

Storing your socks is important because it ensures you never lose them in the wash again. Make sure they are not mixed up with other clothes or fabrics like your shirts and underwear. Store them in a drawer so they do not get mixed up. Or, if you have a space near the washing machine, keep them there, so they do not get all wet when you are doing laundry. And finally, if you have more than one drawer, put different types of socks (e.g., white socks and black socks) in separate drawers for easy access and to avoid confusion when washing your clothes at home.

 

One of the essential things you can do to keep your clothes in excellent condition is to learn to take care of your socks. You’ll be surprised at how often you wash your clothes and yet neglect to wash and hang up your socks. This leads to bacteria from dirty laundry seeping into your clean clothes and can also lead to allergies. Socks require more care than other garments because they have more creases, seams, and layers, making them excellent breeding grounds for bacteria.

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