How To Choose Your Washer Settings Without Destroying Your Clothes (And BTW, What Exactly is Permanent Press?)

I admit I wash 90 percent of our laundry on the cotton/normal setting. Sometimes I separate towels into their own load and wash them on the towel setting. Rags always go through the Sanitize cycle. But other than that, the settings on my high-tech washer and dryer are basically unused. I’ve been paying more attention, though, to the impact of how I launder our clothes on their longevity. And I’m determined to put all of my laundry settings to better use. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

3 Amazon Deals That Make Cleaning A Little Less Of A Chore — Amazon Deal of the Day

It might not be quite spring cleaning yet, but March is well underway and winter is on its way out. But even if we aren’t quite ready to do a full-blown deep clean, we’re always looking for small ways to make chores feel a little less, well, like chores. When something’s easier to do, you’re more likely to do it, right? If you’ve been putting off a pile of ironing or sink of dirty dishes, you’re in luck. Today, three Amazon deals are perfect for stepping up your cleaning game. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

The 10 Feelings Everyone Has While Staring Down a Giant Pile of Laundry

No household chore is particularly fun, but few things are more stressful than doing laundry when you’ve gone so long between washes that you’re on your last pair of underwear. It’s like waiting until you’re on your last fork to do the dishes—it doesn’t seem like an issue until you realize you’ve got nothing left, and then suddenly it’s a disaster. Days of dirty clothes go by until suddenly your closet is empty and your hamper is holding on for dear life… but you can handle it, right? READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

​Is it OK to Wash Whites & Colors Together in the Laundry?

We all love shortcuts — especially when they involve saving time doing repetitive, not-fun chores that we can’t escape …like, uhh, laundry. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

​7 Times You Don't Need to Follow the Laundry Instructions on the Tag

As if laundry isn’t hard enough to keep under control, there are those little labels with tiny instructions and inscrutable hieroglyphics that we’re supposed to obey. But, seriously, who has time to sort not only by color and clothing type but by meticulous instructions?! Many of us throw all caution to the wind, tossing everything together in the washer and dryer, and crossing our fingers for the best, but its better to know when we should heed those shout-y tags and when it’s okay to ignore them. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

6 Laundry Secrets From a Barre Studio that Washes Thousands of Towels a Day

One of the best parts of sweating it out in a group fitness class is using a perfectly white, fluffy towel — and you don’t even have to, er, sweat the laundry. Exercise chains deal with hundreds of sweaty towels per day, but somehow, each one feels brand new. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

​This One Simple Switch Will Make You Stop Hating Laundry

I’ve tried so many things to help me manage the massive amount of laundry that is generated in my household. I strive to do a load a day, I “complete the cycle” by putting folded clothes away right away, and I even bought myself a nifty little tool that makes folding extremely satisfying. But I’ve realized that what I need to address is something way more fundamental. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

​How to Unshrink a Sweater and Save Your Favorite Clothes

It’s happened to all of us: the incredulous dread when you see the smidge of fabric of your favorite wool sweater or the cashmere cardigan you got for Christmas peeking, wet and bedraggled, through the tangle of wet clothes in the washer. Then despair as you pull it out to find that yes, of course, its hem now barely reaches your belly button. Don’t pass it down to your five-year-old niece just yet — there might be hope. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

​How to Get Your Old Sweaters in the Best Shape of Their Lives

It’s that wonderful time of year affectionately dubbed “sweater weather.” But those sweaters that have been sitting in storage for two to three seasons could probably use some freshening up. Here’s how to care for your sweaters so they can keep you warm and looking your best year after year. READ MORE » Powered by WPeMatico

You're Doing it Wrong! 8 Ways You May Be Damaging Your Washer and Dryer

Doing laundry seems like a fairly straightforward process, and it’s one of the first chores many of us learn how to do. But there are a lot of ways—both big and small—that you could be damaging your washer and dryer in the process, so it’s important to be careful when you’re throwing your clothes in the wash. Things like cleaning the lint tray or leaving coins in your pockets can lead to pretty much anywhere from minor damage to, uh… actual house fires, so don’t underestimate the value of double-checking before you hit start on your machine. READ MORE » Read More