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Make your clothes shine in time for Hari Raya Haji

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The Icon front load washing machine allows you to customise the temperature and time of your wash such that you can wash your clothes at a lower temperature and help prevent them from bleeding onto other pieces.The EDE77550W Venting Dryer has a cool tumbling and low temperature function that lets you dry your colour clothing with less risk of fading.

Hari Raya Haji or Eid al-Adha, is the festival of Sacrifice and an important religious holiday for Muslims. The day falls on the 10th day of the 12th month in the Islamic calendar. This year, it is held on 6 November.

Marking the end of a Muslim’s pilgrimage (or the Haj) to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, it also celebrates the Prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his first-born son Ismail in an act of obedience to Allah.

The story ends with the intervention of Allah, who reveals that his command to Ibrahim to sacrifice his beloved (and only) son was a test of faith for the pair. A ram was provided by Allah for the sacrifice instead.

This is why Muslims commemorate the event with a sacrificial slaughtering of sheep, goats or cows during the festival, in order to show their gratitude to Allah. Male volunteers usually perform this ritual, also known as korban after prayers are conducted on the day. The meat is then distributed to relatives, neighbours and the community. An ample portion is set aside for distribution to the poor and needy as a reminder to share wealth with others.

Muslims are also expected to put on their best clothes for Eid prayers on the day, and it is customary to visit parents and relatives.

These clothes can be kept looking vibrant and new with a few easy steps in your laundry routine. Here are some helpful tips that will help you clean and ‘set’ the colour for new clothes:

  • Sort the laundry to wash clothes of similar colour together
  • On the first wash, set the temperature of the water to as cold as possible. Laundering with hot water can make colours bleed. Washing machines like the Electrolux EWN14991W Icon front-loading washing machine allow you to customise your wash temperatures and the appropriate time needed to give your clothes the best wash

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  • A common home remedy is to add a cup of salt into the wash to help set the colour. If you are concerned about the effect of salt on your machine, you can also pre-soak the garments in water with salt before washing
  • Another common DIY solution for brighter clothes is to add distilled white vinegar to the rinse. As a very mild acid, vinegar can dissolve minerals and break apart dirt in stains, preventing white clothes from turning colour and helping coloured clothing appear more vibrant
  • Dry your laundry with as little heat as possible. Air dry them by hanging them up on a rack or clothesline as much as possible. If dryers are used, tumble dry settings help to limit the heat used in drying the clothes. Dryers such as the Electrolux EDE77550W Venting Dryer contain a cool tumbling and low temperature feature that simulates ideal conditions for drying coloured clothing. Its electronic sensor helps to ensure clothes are not damaged by over-drying as well

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