Whether your New Year’s resolutions are still going strong, or they didn’t quite get off to the start that you had hoped – the truth is that you can start afresh on any day of the year.
So here’s a double Top 10 for you. Best tips for creating a sustainable habit. Best tips for best laundry results.
Small changes can lead to big results.
Habit Tip 1: It is easier to establish a habit by beginning with a smaller action or change. By gradually building on this initial behaviour switch - day after day, week after week, month after month, you can achieve massive growth almost without realising (a note on reflection comes further down).
Laundry Tip 1: Use the right detergent. Gymspin for your activewear, another suitable & sustainable detergent for the rest of your wardrobe. Gymspin of course offers a deep hygienic clean for all clothing, but we have designed our detergent for activewear materials specifically & our unique Phytofocus Scent Technology is best on performance gear only.
Set a clear goal.
Habit Tip 2: Having a specific goal in mind can help maintain focus. If the desired results are not completely clear, the higher the chance is that you’ll fail as it wasn’t clear what you were aiming to achieve in the first place!
Laundry Tip 2: Sort your dirty clothing efficiently. By having a separate laundry bag for activewear, as soon as you have a full load ready to go, you can throw it in the drum with one Gymspin pod, without the need to spend time sorting through all your garments before every wash.
Simplicity is key.
Habit Tip 3: Start with a simpler habit. It should still require a level of effort to bring a sense of achievement, but it needs to be feasible. Once achieved, you can always then set the next goal, and so on, for continuous progression to occur.
Laundry Habit 3: Don't use too much detergent. Even on your stinkiest activewear pieces, using too much detergent can leave a residue on clothes & can actually damage both your garments & your washing machine. One Gymspin capsule is all you need.
Fit the change in to your existing routine.
Habit Tip 4: Incorporate the new habit into your existing daily routine. The new behaviour will more swiftly become a regular part of your life.
Laundry Tip 4: Use the right water temperature. Despite what you might think, higher temperatures do not necessarily mean a deeper clean. With Gymspin, our pods are just as effective at 30C than at 40C+. Colder washes also mean less chance of garment damage / shrinkage, lower emissions & lower running costs. Win, win, win.
Habit Tip 5: Especially to begin with, a note reminding you of your new goals will help keep you on track. It is still important to remember - missing an occasional day will not hurt your growth in the long term, but giving up entirely will.
Laundry Tip 5: Do not overload the washing machine. Overloading the washing machine will mean that there is not enough space for a thorough clean to occur & might also damage the machine itself. Leave a hands width between the top of the clothing pile & the roof of the drum.
Get an accountability partner.
Habit Tip 6: Find someone who will hold you accountable for sticking to your habit. Someone who can provide advice & support your goals. Someone who will call you out if you start slipping. The perfect scenario is someone who is striving to achieve the same goals as you, so you can tackle them together.
Laundry Tip 6: We advise avoiding a tumble dry whenever possible. By drying clothes on the line outside or on a rack inside, you are less likely to damage or shrink your garments. As always - check the label instructions!
Track your progress.
Habit Tip 7: By keeping a record of your progress, you can see how far you've come & stay motivated. Clearly seeing smaller wins along the road is a real morale booster.
Laundry Tip 7: Keep a laundry schedule. This doesn’t have to be strict, but by having an idea of which day you’ll wash your activewear, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to achieve the perfect wearing cycle & washing routine. Laundry will not pile-up & you’re more likely to have a particular garment whenever you need it.
Celebrate your success.
Habit Tip 8: Give yourself a small reward for sticking to your habit. By rewarding the journey & not just the end results, you are more likely to stay incentivised to keep going.
Laundry Habit 8: Take care of stains asap. The sooner a stained garment is washed, the better the chance of the stain being completely removed for good.
Patience is key.
Habit Tip 9: Be patient. Habits take time to form & results take time to show, so be patient & as mentioned previously, don't get discouraged if you slip up occasionally.
Habit Tip 9: Be proud of a neat laundry area. Nicer laundry bags / baskets will encourage use, rather than piles on the floor!
Make time for reflection.
Habit Tip 10: Reflect on why you decided to create a new habit in the first place. There was a reason behind you deciding to set a new goal, don’t forget it along the way.
Laundry Tip 10: Maintain your washing machine and dryer. By regularly maintaining and cleaning your washing machine, you can keep them running at best performance, extending their lifespan.
Now you know what to do. Let’s go!