How to stop clothes from getting tangled in the washing machine

Avoid this annoying laundry mishap.
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Many of us have experienced the frustration of opening the washing machine only to find that our clothes are tangled and twisted after a wash cycle.

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It’s a common issue that leaves us with creased fabrics, longer ironing sessions, and sometimes even damaged clothing. 

The Soka Australia Instagram page is great for washing and stain-removal tips. In a recent Instagram story, they covered this annoying topic, giving several reasons why your clothes are coming out twisted. 

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How to stop clothes from getting tangled in the washing machine

Here are six reasons your clothes come out of the wash twisted and tangled.

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Not having enough water

Inadequate water levels can result in poor clothes circulation within the washing machine. When clothes don’t have enough space to move freely, they tend to tangle as they struggle to find room to agitate. 

Overfilling the load

Overloading the washing machine can lead to a similar problem. When you cram too many clothes into a single load, there must be more room for them to move around and separate. This overcrowding causes friction between garments, resulting in tangles and knots.

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Different weighted fabrics

Mixing heavy and lightweight fabrics within the same load can lead to imbalances during the wash cycle. The heavy items can pull and twist the lighter ones, leading to tangles. Sorting laundry based on weight and fabric type can help prevent this issue.

Not using a mesh bag

Delicate items like lingerie, bras, or small accessories can easily get entangled with other clothing. Using a mesh laundry bag for these items provides a protective barrier, preventing them from becoming ensnared in the wash.

Wrong wash cycle

Selecting an inappropriate wash cycle for the types of garments in the load can contribute to tangling. For instance, a vigorous wash cycle meant for heavily soiled items might be too aggressive for delicate fabrics. Ensure you choose the right cycle to match your laundry’s needs.

Wrong spin cycle

The spin cycle at the end of the wash is designed to remove excess water. However, if the spin speed is too high for the fabrics in the load, it can cause excessive twisting and tangling. Adjusting the spin speed based on the type of laundry you’re washing can help prevent this issue.

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