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Washing Machine Dos and Don’ts

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Washing Machine Dos and Don’ts

What should you do (or don’t do) to ensure hassle-free operation, long life and safety of your front load or top load washing machine?

We’ve compiled certain washing machine dos and don’ts that you should follow.

Washing Machine Dos

  • DO switch off your machine after use. This helps conserve energy and reduces the risk of fire.
  • After a wash cycle, DO allow your washing machine to cool for at least 4 hours before starting another cycle.
  • DO refer to the wash care symbols and instructions before you wash branded or expensive garments.
  • DO wash coloured clothes separately if you’re not using a colour catcher. Washing mixed loads may lead to colour runs and stain your clothes.
  • DO pre-treat stains, if any, on your fabrics using a good stain remover. Pre-treatment removes the possibility of stains spreading to other clothes.
  • DO clean the washing machine occasionally. Run a tub clean program, use a descaler for removing limescale deposits and clean the washing machine parts such as inlet filter, lint filter and door rubber gasket.
  • DO keep your washing machine door and detergent tray open after a wash cycle. This helps avoid odour and mould formation by allow moisture to escape.

Washing Machine Don’ts

  • DON’T forget to empty the pockets of your shirts and trousers of things such as coins, keys and other items that may damage your washing machine or get damaged themselves.
  • DON’T overload your washing machine. It will reduce wash efficiency and may damage the washing machine drum.
  • DON’T fill water manually in either front load or top load washing machines. Water should always enter the machine through the inlet hose.
  • DON’T keep candles, diyas (earthen lamps), heaters, iron or lamps on top of a washing machine.
  • DON’T keep a gas cylinder near a washing machine.
  • DON’T keep a washing machine on wooden plank or cupboard.
  • DON’T add any kind of chemical, including petrol or dry cleaning agent, in a washing machine.
  • If the machine’s outer body becomes hot when you use hot wash program, DON’T worry. It is normal.
  • DON’T wash just one or two clothes. Drum must be at least 40% loaded for starting a wash program. If not sufficiently loaded, the machine will be in an unbalanced condition and program time extends. Clothes will not dry and machine may show the ‘UnbL’ error code.
  • DON’T install or reinstall a washing machine yourself. Installation must be done by a trained IFB Service Technician. Please register your request through this app.
  • DON’T expose your washing machine to direct sunlight or rain.
  • DON’T use electrical extension boxes/5A to 15A converter. Use a regular 16A socket on wall for plugging in the machine.
  • DON’T run a washing machine on a generator or inverter. The same applies for appliances like dishwasher, dryer and microwave oven.
How to Choose a Laundry Detergent?

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How to Choose a Laundry Detergent?

Liquid or powder?

Front load or top load detergent?

Fabric conditioner or brightener?

When it comes to picking the right laundry detergent to get perfectly clean clothes, we are bombarded with some varying choices. From detergents for different washing machine types to specialty detergents for fabrics such as denim, silks and wool, to fabric brighteners and bleach, there are products customised for all your laundry needs. So which one should you choose?

Here are some points you should consider when choosing a laundry detergent:

Pick a detergent as per your washing machine type

Choosing the right detergent as per your washing machine is most critical to get perfectly washed clothes. In semi-automatic washing machines, a hand wash detergent can be used, while fully automatic washing machines have special detergents formulated for them.

Front Load Liquid Detergents are customised to give optimal wash performance in front load washing machines and generate low foam even at high rpm. A hand wash detergent or a top load detergent should not be used as it may produce suds and affect wash quality and machine performance.

For top load washing machines, choose a Top Load Liquid Detergent. It is matched with the top load mechanical action and designed for use at lower temperatures, delivering excellent cleaning.

Choosing between powder detergent and liquid detergent

Although powder detergents are commonly used, they sometimes don’t completely dissolve and may leave particle residue on clothes and washing machine parts such as detergent dispenser. A good liquid detergent is better suited for automatic washing machines: it dissolves better and doesn’t leave residue on clothes that may even cause allergies to babies and those with gentle skin.

Laundry tablets and pods for greater ease

Laundry tablets and washing machine laundry pods are premium offerings that are designed to give excellent wash quality. They are marginally expensive but easy to use and can be popped along with the laundry without the need to measure the dosage of detergent every time. An all-in-one solution for your washing needs, they also do not leave any particle residue on clothes and washing machine parts.

Specialty detergents for fabrics

Specialty detergents are usually customised for particular fabric types. They may range from detergent for white fabrics containing enzymes and optical brighteners, to detergent for woollens and silks, comprising Silk Proteins that keep the fabric soft and fluffy.

Certain speciality detergents are custom made for coloured clothes, protecting them from dullness and fading and ensure they stay vibrant. Fabric Brighteners are also available if you wish to enhance the brightness of your fabrics. These usually contain optical brighteners, which are helpful for clothes that lose their sheen over time and start looking dull.  

Also Read>> 12 Tips to Take Care of Woollen Clothes

Stain remover or bleach?

Tough stains are the biggest pain point in laundry. From tea, coffee and wine to oil, ketchup and eggs to grime on cuffs and collars, we come across all kinds of stains regularly. For stain removal on white fabrics, we often use bleach. As much as it is effective in removing stains, bleach also damages the fabric if used regularly.

One should preferably choose a Stain Remover that is chlorine-free and water-based, which reduces the chances of damage to either the fabric or your hands even as it fights stubborn stains.

Also Read>> Chocolate, Mud, Crayon: How to Remove These 10 Stains From Kids’ Clothes

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Fabric conditioners and softeners

With regular washing, clothes may get adversely affected by alkaline powder detergents. Fabric conditioners and softeners help retain the natural colour, softness and shine of clothes, and most add a fragrance as well, helping remove detergent smell.

While choosing a fabric conditioner, you should go with one that is suitable for both white and coloured fabrics and can also be used with front load and top load washing machines as well as handwashing.

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Price and quality

A higher price is not a guarantee for excellent wash quality. However, quality detergents cost slightly more than low-grade detergents since they are better researched and tested to deliver good wash quality and not be harsh on your clothes. Poor quality detergents may end up damaging your fabric as well as your washing machine.

Detergent ingredients

The next time you are buying a detergent, notice its ingredients/contents on its label. Chemicals such as phosphates and chlorine are harsh on fabrics and the skin that comes in contact. PH-balanced laundry detergents are gentle on clothes despite repeat washes, helping retain the sheen and softness of delicate clothes and baby wear.

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IFB essentials

The IFB essentials range of fabric care products offers a complete solution to your laundry needs. From liquid detergents to stain remover to fabric brightener, the Essentials range is a machine-matched technology to deliver optimal cleaning as well as best performance of the washing machine.

12 Tips to Take Care of Woollen Clothes

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12 Tips to Take Care of Woollen Clothes

Sentimental about your favourite sweater?

Worried about your prized pashmina?

Ensuring that your woollens last long, don’t lose their shape or colours, and stay as good as new is a task that is made tough due to the delicate nature of the fabric. So how do you go about doing it?

Here are some tips to take care of your woollen clothes:

1. Use a Cashmere Brush

The Cashmere Brush is a great tool to get rid of lint, hair and fuzz from your woollens before washing. Brushing also helps revive the yarns by releasing their natural oil.

2. Wash using Delicate/Woollen Washing Machine Programs

Woollen fabrics require gentle handling during a wash. Only Delicate/Woollens program should be selected to wash in a washing machine.

3. Use Mild Detergent for Washing Woollens

Avoid using powder detergents which are usually harsh on fabrics. Use only mild liquid detergent specifically available for woollen fabrics.

4. Never Bleach Woollen Garments

Chlorine or oxygen bleach should never be used on woollens as it makes the fibres weak and reduces the life of the garment. They should be dry-cleaned or washed as per instruction label.

5. Read Wash Care Instructions

A wool blanket should be washed only if it is too soiled or smelling foul, that too after reading its wash care instructions.

6. Avoid Frequently Washing Hand-Knit Garments

Hand-knit garments last long if they aren’t frequently washed. To prevent body odours, oils and dirt from passing on to them, wear an undershirt before putting on the knits. This way, you can avoid frequent washing and launder the knits only once or twice in a season.

7. Cleaning Knitted Caps

Knitted caps are often shared at schools or day care. To prevent spread of lice:

(a) Clean machine-washable caps at the maximum water temperature setting.

(b) Since woollen caps cannot be hot-washed, put them in a plastic bag and keep sealed for a week. Then vacuum them or shake vigourously to remove dead lice and wash in normal water.

8. Use a towel for faster drying

To hasten the drying of your sweater or cardigan, wrap a towel around it and squeeze. Water from the woollen clothing will be absorbed by the towel and it’ll dry faster.

9. Don’t Dry Sweater or Cardigans on Hanger

To maintain the shape of sweaters, cardigans and knitwear, which have a tendency to stretch post-wash, spread them flat on a surface instead of drying on a hanger.

10. Always Wash Woollens before Storing

Always clean/wash all your woollen wear before packing them away for the next season. If they are kept aside even mildly soiled, chances of mould and mildew forming over the year is high. After cleaning, gently fold/roll and preferably keep them in covered boxes or cases to avoid exposure to air.

11. Unshrinking a Sweater

Shrunk sweater? Not a worry! Take lukewarm water and put fabric conditioner/softener or hair conditioner and soak the garment in it. The fibres will relax and you can then stretch the sweater back to its original size.

12. Remove Odours in Mild Sunlight

Moderate odours in woollen fabrics can be removed by simply spreading them outdoors in mild sunlight for some time.

For pristine care of your woollens, use IFB essentials Liquid Detergent for Woollens & Silks. Its special Silk Proteins prevent shrinkage and stretching and preserve the texture, colour and shine of fabric.

Troubleshooting Tips: How to Solve Front Load Washing Machine Problems

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Troubleshooting Tips: How to Solve Front Load Washing Machine Problems

From ‘washing machine not functioning’ to ‘water not entering the drum’, there are some problems that you might occasionally encounter with your IFB Front Load Washing Machine. There is no reason to worry though. If you don’t wish to hastily call a service technician, here are some quick tips to easily troubleshoot at home.

Washing machine not working

The washing machine might not be working or functioning if:

  • Power supply is not turned ON.
  • Electrical power cord is not plugged in or connection is loose.
  • Program is not selected.

Troubleshooting steps:

  • Ensure that supply mains switch is ON.
  • Check if the power cord is plugged in properly and the connection isn’t loose.
  • Ensure that the program is selected.

The washing machine should now function normally.

Washing machine door not opening

The washing machine door may not be opening because:

  • Machine may be in operation.
  • Door opening may not be possible.
  • Child Lock may be active.

Troubleshooting steps:

  • Check if a program is active. If yes, pause the program and check door symbol indication. For safety reasons, door cannot be opened when water level, temperature or speed is too high.
  • Check if ‘dLEr (door lock error)’ message is displayed. If yes, switch OFF the machine for 2 minutes and then try opening the door again. Don’t forcibly open it.
  • Disable Child Lock; wait for 1-2 minutes till door symbol glows on the display.

The door should now open easily.

Washing machine program not starting

The program may not be starting in the washing machine because:

  • Start/Pause button on the washing machine may not be pressed.
  • Water supply tap may not be ON or there may be no water supply or low water pressure.
  • Washing machine door may not be closed properly.
  • Program may be in Pause/Soak or Rinse hold mode.

Troubleshooting steps:

  • Ensure that the Start/Pause button is pressed. It glows when touched.
  • Open tap and ensure there is water supply with normal pressure.
  • Open and close the door firmly.
  • Check the status on the display (whether program is in Pause/Soak or Rinse hold mode) and refer user manual if required.

The program should now start without any issues.

No water entering the washing machine

Water may not be entering the washing machine because:

  • Tap may not be ON or there may be no water supply or low pressure.
  • Door may not be closed properly.
  • Inlet hose may be bent; sieve or inlet valve/inlet hose may be clogged.

Troubleshooting steps:

  • Open tap; ensure there is water supply with normal pressure.
  • Open and close the door firmly.
  • Check if the inlet hose is bent or sieve is blocked. Fix the bend and clean the blockage.

Water should now enter the washing machine normally.

Water leaking from washing machine

There may be water leakage from the washing machine because:

  • Inlet hose connection may be loose.
  • Filter may not be tight.
  • Inlet hose may be leaking.

Troubleshooting steps:

  • Check and tighten the inlet hose connection.
  • Check and tighten the filter.
  • Inlet hose may need to be replaced.

Water leakage should now have stopped.

Water not draining from washing machine

The washing machine might not be draining water because:

  • Filter may be clogged.
  • Drain hose may be above 1 metre (check) from the ground.
  • Drain hose may be twisted or clogged.

Troubleshooting steps:

  • Check and clean the filter.
  • Check and place drain hose within 1 metre or ground level if required.
  • Clean and straighten the drain hose.

The machine should now drain water normally.

Problem persists?

Call IFB Care at 1860 208 5678/1860 425 5678 or use My IFB App to schedule a service appointment by a trained IFB technician.

How to Avoid and Remove Odour in Clothes

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How to Avoid and Remove Odour in Clothes

Laundry odour is a problem we come across quite frequently. Whether you’ve forgotten the washed load in the washing machine or the weather is too damp, moist clothes end up emitting a foul, musty smell.

The good news is you can prevent and eliminate odour in clothes by following a few steps and make your laundry smelling fresh and fragrant.

Immediately remove washed load

To prevent the formation of musty odour in your garments, remove the washed load immediately at the end of the cycle and dry it. If damp clothes stay in the washing machine, they’re likely to emit odour even after spin drying.

Use Rinse Hold option

If there is a possibility of delay in removing the clothes after final spin drying, then it is advised to select Rinse Hold option. Clothes will remain stationary in water before final spin.

Ensure quality of input water

Water quality is one of the most important factors for odour prevention. If the input water has odour, it is essential to pre-treat the water. Also make sure there is no blockage/air lock in the discharge pipe.

Clean the tub

Running a regular Tub Clean program in an empty washing machine keeps it uncontaminated and removes detergent and residue build-up in the drum, tub and clothes. Not only does this help avoid odours, it also improves wash performance.

Leave the washing machine door open

If there is moisture accumulated in your machine, your clothes may end up smelling damp. Keep the washing machine door slightly open for a few hours after each wash to allow air circulation and removal of moisture inside.

Wash at higher temperature

During wet weather, mould may commonly form on damp fabric and start emitting odour. To remove mould from clothes, wash at the maximum temperature after reading the fabric’s wash care instructions. This will kill the mould spores and get rid of foul smells.

Use steam wash

The steam wash or steam clean feature in washing machines such as the IFB Senator Smart Touch is highly effective in eliminating odour. Steam penetrates deep into the fabric, killing germ, bacteria and mould and thus removing foul smell.

Don’t leave damp clothes in laundry basket

Wet towels, sweaty athletic/gym wear and damp cleaning cloths should not sit for long in a laundry basket or bag. They should either be washed soon or air-dried before storing in the basket so they don’t spread their musty odour to other clothes.

Avoid mixed loads

Steer clear of washing extremely soiled items such as cleaning cloths and tea towels – which have trapped odour – with other clothes. They may end up transmitting foul smell to the entire wash load.

Also Read>> Chocolate, Mud, Crayon: How to Remove These 10 Stains From Kids’ Clothes

Ensure complete drying

Garments should be allowed to completely dry before stored in wardrobes and closets. This will not allow the moisture to remain trapped in fabric, which can give rise to odours and mould.

Avoid indoor drying

Drying clothes outdoors helps in odour removal through sunlight and air. Just make sure you’re not exposing your coloured clothes to direct sunlight as it may fade their colour. Using an IFB Clothes Dryer will help avoid fading due to long exposure to sunlight and contamination of clothes from the outdoor environment.

Use distilled white vinegar

A household remedy for removing odours from gym wear and cleaning cloths is to use white vinegar. Adding it to the wash load breaks down oil and sweat and serves as a disinfectant too.

Apart from these simple tricks, you can use the IFB essentials range of fabric care and machine care products to keep your garments and washing machine clean, fresh and fragrant.

Chocolate, Mud, Crayon: How to Remove These 10 Stains From Kids’ Clothes

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Chocolate, Mud, Crayon: How to Remove These 10 Stains From Kids’ Clothes

From stains of your child getting messy with chocolate to crayon drawings on clothes to mud blotches on white uniforms, doing kids laundry is a daunting task. Here’s how you can make an easy job of it.

Mud Stain

There is something about puddles that kids find tempting: They simply can’t resist the urge of splashing in mud. The sight of children playing in wet fields and mud patches on their white or coloured school uniforms is far too familiar in the monsoons. The good news is, these stains can be made to disappear quite easily. Here’s how you can get back the brightness of clothes.

  • Brush off dry mud.
  • Rinse in cold water.
  • If mud marks persist, rub in a little detergent and wash normally.

Milk/Cream Stain

Although you may think that milk and cream stains easily go away (since they’re pale and whitish), they’re a tough nut to crack once dry. Milk comprises protein and fat that can stick deep into the fabric and leave a long-lasting mark. Following the below steps can help you make your clothes blemish-free again.

  • Flush the stain with cold water.
  • Blot with a clean cloth.
  • If stain is still apparent, sponge with a white spirit.

Chocolate Stain

You can’t let the little ones NOT have chocolate! It’s an indulgence that is unavoidable and so are the messy chocolate stains on their clothes. However, these are not-to-be-missed playful moments of your kid. So let them thoroughly enjoy and easily remove the most stubborn stains with these simple steps.

  • Scrape off the excess chocolate.
  • Sponge with cold water and soak in an enzyme pre-wash.
  • If stain persists, rub a little detergent and rinse in cold water.

Ice cream Stain

Hot summers and ice cream dripping on your little one’s clothes are a common sight! What’s worrisome is that the protein-based ice cream stain is difficult to completely remove and can linger long if not treated properly. Here’s what you can do.

  • Rinse in cold water.
  • Blot with a clean cloth.
  • If stain remains, sponge with a white spirit.

Fruits

While fruits are perfect for your child’s health, their stains aren’t for clothes’ health. Children enjoy making a mess out of juicy fruits such as mangoes, strawberries, blueberries and oranges, which can leave nasty marks on fabrics if you don’t wash them off quickly. Take a look at how to remove fruit stains.

  • Brush off any excess from the garment.
  • Rinse under cold, running water.
  • Rub a little detergent on the stain.
  • Wash the garment as you normally would.

Grass Stain

You can’t restrain kids from getting messed up playing in grounds and lawns, but you can get rid of the grass blots that are a common sight on knee, back and elbow areas of clothes. Grass stains are sturdy, acting like dye because of complex proteins and natural pigmentation. Here’s what you can do to make them fade away.

  • Remove any excess grass from the fabric.
  • Rub in an enzyme pre-wash.
  • Wash normally.

Cuffs and Collar Stain

Dirty collars and cuffs are perhaps the most common feature in children’s laundry. Whether it’s a school shirt or a white sports sweater, regular contact of collar with neck and cuff sleeves rubbing over surfaces make them the most soiled parts of the garment. Unless scrubbed, they simply don’t go away. Try this method to get rid of such stains.

  • Pre-treat with pre-wash stain remover such as IFB essentials Fabo or rub with bar soap.
  • Wash the garment as you normally would.

Crayon Stain

Did your little one smudge an entire garment with crayon, imagining it to be a colouring board? Or did a crayon slip in with a trouser and into the laundry load, only to dye other clothes? Crayon stains can be extremely tough to remove due to the combination of waxy oil and dye. Here’s what you should do.

  • Scrape off surface wax.
  • Place stain face down between paper towel and press.
  • Treat remaining stain with pre-wash stain remover or non-flammable dry cleaning fluid.
  • Hand-wash the fabric to remove solvent.
  • Wash using fabric-safe bleach.

Ink Stain

Ink stains seem to have a knack of targeting light-shade garments. Writing with ink pens and drawing with sketch pens lead to blots on children’s uniforms, or the pen might just leak in the pocket sometimes. Although some inks may be impossible to remove and washing may even set it in the fabric, try the following steps to make them vanish.

  • Pre-treat the stain using pre-wash stain remover, denatured alcohol or non-flammable dry cleaning fluid.
  • Wash the garment normally.

Blood Stain

Unfortunate as it may sound, your child may end up bruising his knee while playing football or fielding during a cricket game. Did the injury leave blood stains on his clothes? Here’s how you can wash them off. The sooner; the better!

  • Rinse immediately in cold water.
  • Scrub it gently.
  • If stain remains, soak in cold water with an enzyme pre-wash.
  • Wash normally.

Stain Removal with IFB essentials’ Fabric Care Range

You can also make these stains on your kids’ clothes vanish easily by using the IFB essentials Fabric Care range. The IFB Essentials range is available online or at an IFB Point, our exclusive store. Access IFB Store Locator and find the IFB Point closest to you.

IFB’s New Front Load Washing Machines: Here’s Why They’re a Great Buy

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IFB’s New Front Load Washing Machines: Here’s Why They’re a Great Buy

To take care of varying laundry needs of Indian families and cater to different sets of customers in the front load washing machine market, IFB introduced two models in the high-end segment, Senator Smart Touch 8.5kg 1400 rpm and Senator VXS 8kg 1200 rpm.

These washing machines are meant to give customers the choices that best suit their laundry requirements, along with offering the latest innovations in the industry.

Here is a look at technologies, standout features and benefits of these new IFB washing machines, and why you should buy one for your home.

Senator Smart Touch SX 8.5 kg 1400 rpm

The silver-bodied Senator Smart Touch SX 8.5 kg is one of best front load washing machines in its category. This new washer is smart on design, features and washing performance, and has been conceived with aesthetics and ergonomics at its core.

The top control panel is exclusive only to the IFB Senator Smart Touch SX and not available in the industry. The panel is easily accessible and particularly suitable for the elderly, who can operate the machine without having to bend.

One of the notable washing mechanisms in the Senator Smart Touch SX is Steam Wash. Steam goes deep within the fabric and gives 99.99% germ free and hygienic wash. It removes germs and the toughest of stains and dirt caught between fibres, without damaging the clothes.

You can also choose from 12 different types of stains – Baby Food, Oil, Blood, Chocolate, Sweat, Mud & Sand, Tomato, Coffee, Egg, Tea, Cosmetics and Red Wine – and a special sequence of customised wash program runs for the stain you selected for removal.

The program selector in the Senator Smart Touch SX comprises 21 touch buttons with an LCD display. The machine comes with a phenomenal 28 wash programs and innovative technologies for optimal washing performance, including:

  • Aqua Energie: Water is energised and detergent is dissolved better with filter treatment, resulting in a softer wash.
  • 3D Wash: Clothes are soaked thoroughly with this dynamic water system.
  • Soilage: The washing time for heavily soiled items is extended. User can set the program to clean light/normal/heavy impingement of dirt from clothes.
  • Air Bubble Wash: Even the toughest stains are cleaned with millions of air bubbles going deep into the fabric.
  • ExpressWash: A perfect program for office wear and gym attire, which are lightly soiled.
  • Cradle Wash: Designed for gentle fabrics such as silk, satin, lace, chiffon and delicate baby wear, the program employs a cradle-like gentle motion, ensuring longer life of clothes.
  • Customised programs: The machine offers a range of wash programs, including Dark Clothes, delicates like Silk Saree and Lingerie, and even Pet Hair Removal.
  • Crescent Moon Drum: Fabric stays undamaged as smooth crescent moon grooves on the drum surface result in a gentle water cushion.
  • Ball Valve System: Saves detergent by not washing it out.

The Senator Smart Touch SX washer also has a protective rat mesh that prevents rodent damage, high/low voltage control to safeguard electrical components, unbalance correction, foam detection, auto restart feature and 15 options for customised washes.

Senator VXS 8 kg 1200 rpm

A new introduction in the Senator range of IFB front load washing machines, the Senator VXS – with its 8 kg load capacity – is perfectly suited for medium to large families with heavy laundry needs.

Sleek and aesthetically designed, the Senator VXS comes with:

  • Distinctive dual-tone door
  • Scratch-proof control panel
  • Chrome program knob
  • Amber-colour LED display
  • Six tact buttons on control panel

The machine is equipped with 14 wash programs that give superior performance, including:

  • 3D Wash
  • ExpressWash
  • Cradle Wash

Other prominent features of the Senator VXS 8kginclude:

  • Aqua Energie
  • Crescent Moon Drum
  • Protective rat mesh
  • Voltage control
  • Auto restart
  • Self diagnosis
  • 10 custom wash options

Buying a washing machine?

If you are planning to purchase a washing machine, you can explore these new models by IFB. The Senator Smart Touch SX 8.5kg is available online or at an IFB Point (our exclusive store) and major multi-brand outlets. Click here to access our Store Locator and find the IFB Point closest to you. You can buy the Senator VXS 8kg online or at small multi-brand outlets and home appliance stores near you.

Why an IFB 100% Clothes Dryer is a Perfect Buy this Monsoon

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Why an IFB 100% Clothes Dryer is a Perfect Buy this Monsoon

Is incessant rainfall not allowing you to dry clothes outdoors?

Is hanging your clothes indoors not drying them off for days and resulting in heightened humidity in your home?

Getting ready for office but the trouser is still moist on the waist?

Do your clothes emit a perpetual musty odour due to damp weather?

No space available for laundry drying?

Along with showers of bliss, the magnificent monsoons bring with them loads of laundry problems. This is the season when the best of our efforts for laundry drying fail and we struggle with damp clothes upon us and humidity in homes. However, all your monsoon-related laundry worries can easily go away with an IFB 100% Clothes Dryer.

IFB Clothes Dryer Benefits:

100% Drying: Drying clothes outdoors is not possible in wet weather, and indoor drying should strictly be avoided because it may cause respiratory problems. Nonetheless, with no options left, we end up line drying garments inside our homes with fans running 24/7. This is a drain on power, and yet clothes feel damp when you wear them. An IFB Clothes Dryer completely removes these problems, ensuring all-weather drying and delivering 100% dry clothes.

99.9% Germ-free Clothes: The overall humid weather and moisture in air during monsoon is a breeding ground for germs. In today’s world, where health and hygiene of our families have taken utmost importance, it is imperative that the fabrics in contact with our body all the time remain germ-free. IFB Clothes Dryer keeps your clothes 99.9% germ-free through hot air drying at 70˚C. Also, since your clothes are not exposed to outdoor air, dust, pollution and airborne germs are not attracted to them.

Healthy Home: Clothes should never be dried indoors. Indoor drying increases the humidity in homes, leading to germs, allergens, mould and odours, which are especially unhealthy for the elderly and children and may cause respiratory diseases. A clothes dryer gives you the essential protection from germs by not exposing the atmosphere in your home to humidity due to indoor dying.

Refresh Cycle for Odour Removal: Monsoon is also a time when a musty odour seems to forever linger on clothes. The dampness in closets and cabinets, especially in areas that see a heavy seasonal rainfall, is passed to the clothes kept in them, causing odours. For this, IFB 100% Clothes Dryers such as TurboDry EX 5.5Kg and TurboDry 5.5Kg feature a unique Refresh Cycle. During the Refresh Cycle, cool air passes over the clothes, making them smell fresh.

6 Drying Programs: IFB Clothes Dryers feature six drying programs in both TurboDry EX 5.5Kg and TurboDry 5.5Kg models. You can choose a suitable program depending upon the fabric type (cottons, synthetics or mixed loads) and the wetness of your clothes.

Perfect for Small Spaces: If your laundry area is small or there is no drying space, a clothes dryer offers an easy solution. An IFB Clothes Dryer requires a small space in your laundry area. The clothes dryer can even be mounted safely on a wall, stacked upside down on your front load washing machine or kept on a table/desk. The worry of no drying space, which is common in homes with no balconies or in apartments where drying clothes in balconies is not permitted, is also easily eliminated.

Quick Drying: With a tumble dryer, you no longer have to wait for days on end for your clothes to dry and be worn. The quick turnaround time of 60-90 min in IFB Clothes Dryers is particularly useful in case of school and work uniforms that are frequently used and heavy fabrics like denims that take a long time to dry.

No Fading of Clothes: Clothes dried in the sun can lose their texture, colour and structure over time because of the harsh ultraviolet rays. With a tumble dryer, you can avoid sun drying and keep your clothes looking as good as new.

Anticrease: The unique Anticrease feature in IFB Clothes Dryers uses clockwise and anticlockwise rotations along with cool and hot airflows to keep clothes soft and tangle-free.

Industry-Leading Warranty and Service: Giving you complete peace of mind upon your purchase, IFB 100% Clothes Dryers are backed by an industry-leading 4-year comprehensive warranty and 10-year spare parts support across more than 2500 towns in India.

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Laundry Tips & Hacks That Will Save You Time & Money!

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Laundry Tips & Hacks That Will Save You Time & Money!

Your clothes often define you, which is why they need extra care. But a hectic lifestyle does not give you the time and effort to take care of your clothing.

We have a quick list of laundry hacks and tips:

1. Make those wrinkles vanish

If you don’t have an iron on hand, worry no more. There is an easy and simple way for you to smoothen out your clothes. Hang your clothing in your bathroom, far enough from the shower so it won’t get wet.

The steam from the shower will act a smoothening agent for your clothes.

But if you don’t have the time, you can also use the anti-crease function, present in your IFB dryer. The dryer’s gentle clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation action along with a stream of gentle hot and cool air ensures crease free drying.

2. DIY your fabric softener

Don’t have one on hand? DIY a simple fabric softener using vinegar and you favorite essential oils. Mix 48 drops to dilute a cup of vinegar and leave your clothes smelling fresh and feeling soft.

Just in case you want something a bit more, IFB has you covered with its own range of fabric conditioners. Buy it here.

3. Baby powder for oil stains

Sprinkle a little baby powder over the oil stain and leave it on for minimum 30 minutes. The baby powder will help soak up all the oil from the fabric. Brush off the excess once done.

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4. Squeeze out those sweat stains

By squeezing some lemon juice into a spray bottle, you can spray them onto sweat stains before you wash them. The citric acid in the lemon juice will help lighten the stains.

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5. Remove makeup stains

Ladies, do you hate getting foundation on the collars of your delicate dresses? Remove those stains with the use of a light shaving cream before you give them in for a wash.

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6. Afraid of fading colours?

We all love a vibrant piece of clothing. But sometimes, with excessive washing, the colours of these favorite articles tend to fade. Protect them and their colour by adding a teaspoon of salt into the wash. Or you can also use LIMO, IFB’s premium fabric brightener which does not contain any bleaching agents, making it equally suitable for coloured as well as whites. Buy here.

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7. Even your washer needs a wash!

Add in a few cups of vinegar and wash your washing machine with the setting on hot and on the longest wash cycle. Pause the cycle on between and let it sit for an hour or two before resuming. The vinegar helps remove mold and bacteria from your machine.

8. Too cold or too hot?

Every wondered when to wash using hot water or when to cold?

Cold water is best suited for delicate items of clothing, including blouses and sweaters and also protects clothes from running colours.

Hot water is good for clothes that are infected, and heavy clothes like bath towels.

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While these tips can help in keeping the most delicate clothes looking new, repeatedly following many of these steps can be time-consuming and a hassle. Labels on clothes can be confusing too. Also, not all clothes can be treated with these tips for successful results.

So it’s time to free yourself from the daily hassles of washing. Take your pick from the wide range of IFB washers and dryers that come with a variety of features, catering all types of garments.

Leave the load on us and set yourself free today!

The Dos and Don’ts of Clothes Drying

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The Dos and Don’ts of Clothes Drying

Did you know that drying clothes in an incorrect manner can lead to problems aplenty: humidity in homes, germs in clothes, odour in washing machine, wrinkled laundry, clothes losing texture, colour and structure, and so on. While washing takes the primary focus in laundry, drying is an equally important step.

Wish to avoid these issues?

Here are some things you should and shouldn’t do while drying your clothes.

Clothes Drying Dos:

  • DO you wish to hasten the machine drying process? Throw in a dry towel along with the wet load into the clothes dryer. The towel will help absorb water and speed up the drying.
  • After you’ve removed the washed load from the machine, DO keep the door and detergent tray of the washing machine open for some time. The air circulation will help dry the machine and prevent odour and mould from forming.

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  • DO invest in a good clothes dryer. IFB Clothes Dryers give you 100% drying regardless of the weather outside, along with keeping your laundry 99.9% germ-free with 70° Celsius hot air drying.
  • DO put your shirts on a hanger if line drying them; this helps in preventing wrinkles, which further makes ironing them easier.
  • If using a clothes dryer, DO use customised settings for different fabrics. IFB Clothes Dryers come with options of Cottons, Mixed Load and Synthetics that have varying times for the drying cycle.
  • If you’ve washed a set of matching clothes, e.g., jacket-trouser or jacket-skirt, DO put them up for drying together. If they’re washed and dried together, over time they won’t fade unevenly.
  • DO you wish to get rid of musty odour in your garments? Clothes dryers such as TurboDry EX 5.5Kg and TurboDry 550 5.5Kg by IFB come equipped with a Refresh Cycle feature to freshen up stored clothes that smell musty.

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Clothes Drying Don’ts

  • DON’T dry your black and dark coloured garments in the sun, which may cause them to fade. Always check the fabric care label and dry them in the shade.

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  • DON’T overload the machine with clothes. This may lead to your laundry load coming out not optimally dry.
  • DON’T let the clothes sit in the washing machine once the wash cycle ends. Immediately take out the load and put it for drying. If clothes stay inside the machine for long, the moisture will lead to musty odour in both your garments and the machine.
  • DON’T dry your woollens on a hanger; instead lay them flat on a surface or even spread them on a towel for quicker drying. Putting them up on hangers could lead to stretching of fabric and the garment losing its shape.

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  • DON’T use long drying durations, which may end up with clothes having more static and lint. If your garments are to be immediately ironed, you can leave them marginally moist – this helps in better ironing results.
  • DON’T lay clothes one atop the other if you’re air drying them. Hanging them neatly and separated helps in faster drying, without the possibility of their undersides remaining wet.
  • DON’T dry your clothes indoors. Indoor drying increases moisture in the environment and may lead to breathing problems, especially for the elderly, infants and those suffering from asthma. Either use a clothes dryer or dry them outside.

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Buying a Clothes Dryer?

You can explore IFB 100% Clothes Dryers range here. IFB Clothes Dryers deliver 100% drying whether it is monsoons or winter, along with killing 99.9% germs, keeping your clothes dust and allergen-free, and preventing them from fading over time.

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