This Unexpected Source Has 10 Genius Laundry Problem Solvers
These products are so smart!
May 1, 2020
Does the Tennis Balls in Dryer Trick Really Work to Soften Clothes?
Everyone has a few home and cleaning tips they’ve been taught that, to be honest, may or may not even work—whether that’s using newspaper to clean glass, rubbing strongly-scented dryer sheets on clothes to keep bugs away, or polishing shoes with banana peels. One laundry hack that often gets tossed around is putting tennis balls in a dryer to soften your clothes and dry them faster.
Apr 28, 2020
The Laundress is Having a Rare Sale—And It Includes Editor- and Reader-Approved Favorites!
Yup, including the cult-favorite Wool & Cashmere Shampoo.
Apr 28, 2020
Should You Try That “Coffee in the Laundry” Hack on Your Dark Clothes? We Asked an Expert
You've probably seen this trick on Pinterest.
Apr 27, 2020
This TikTok Video Shows You How to Fold a Fitted Sheet In 30 Seconds Flat
The former Bed Bath and Beyond employee shows you how to master this task.
Apr 23, 2020
An Epidemiologist Answers the 6 Questions You Have About Doing Laundry in a Laundromat
What precautions, exactly, are important to take when you do laundry at the laundromat? And which anxieties can you wash away with the grime on your leggings?
Apr 21, 2020
This Laundry Expert Says You Can Wash Dry-Clean-Only Clothes at Home
If you follow the right steps, you may never need to spend money on a dry cleaner again.
Apr 15, 2020
A Former Bed Bath and Beyond Employee Revealed How To Properly Fold a Towel In Just Seconds
It will make your linen closet look like an HGTV-inspired dream.
Apr 10, 2020
Here’s a Game Plan for Decluttering Your Clothes in One Day
Spring Cleaning
Here's how to gain a little bit of physical and mental space when you get ready every morning (even if every morning's outfit is sweatpants).
Apr 7, 2020
So You’re Using Quarantine to Declutter. Here’s What to Do With the Stuff
Are donation centers open during the coronavirus crisis? What about charities like homeless or women’s shelters? We've got all the answers.
Apr 5, 2020
6 Laundry Tips an Expert Thinks You Should Know During the Coronavirus Outbreak
To learn more about the best (and most hygienic) laundry practices during a pandemic, we spoke with a laundry expert.
Apr 1, 2020
The Easiest Way to Sanitize Your Bed Sheets, According to a Laundry Expert
Even if you have access to a washer, you might want to take this extra maintenance step just to be sure you’re not sleeping in a literal bed of germs.
Mar 23, 2020
6 Must-Have Products to Help Your Clothes Last Longer
Keep your favorite pieces looking and feeling good with these affordable finds.
Mar 13, 2020
This Unconventional Laundry Bag is the Key to Sneakers That Look Brand New
It might look weird, but Amazon reviewers love it.
Mar 6, 2020
5 Things You Shouldn’t Be Doing When You Use Laundry Detergent
For as often as we use laundry detergent to keep our washables clean, we might be making silly mistakes.
Mar 5, 2020
One Laundry Essential I Happily Splurge On, and One Place Where I Save
Maybe this says more about me than I should admit, but at the age of 35, laundry has become a very big deal.
Mar 2, 2020
I Tried That Viral Essential Oil Laundry Hack and Here’s What I Thought
This could be a good option for those who choose to use free and clear detergent—but would like their laundry to be mildly scented and aren’t bothered by essential oils.
Mar 2, 2020
Dryer Sheets Come Out On Top for Softer Towels—But I’ll Never Use Them Again
I recently tested name brand dryer sheets against two other fabric softening alternatives, and while the difference in softness was significant, it wasn’t enough to convert me to start buying dryer sheets. I know too much.
Mar 2, 2020
10 Ways to Save Energy in the Laundry Room
Washing and drying clothes uses a lot of energy and water in a typical house. Here are 10 ways you can reduce your consumption of water and energy while doing laundry.Move the dryer closer to an outside wall The farther exhaust air has to travel from your dryer to get outside, the more energy your dryer will use on every cycle. If you can, move the dryer as close to its exhaust port as possible. Can you reduce the number of elbow bends in the exhaust pipe?
Feb 12, 2020
Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve: DIY Elbow Patches
Elbow patches: Not just for professors! Okay, so I’m not going to pretend I didn’t get an eye roll when I presented my husband with his cute little heart shaped buffalo check elbow patches, but I didn’t really get that much resistance either! I think he secretly loved it. I know I did, and isn’t that really all that matters? Whatever the shape may be, elbow patches are a great way to gussie up an old favorite with items you already have around the house.
Dec 19, 2019
How To Keep Dark Denim From Bleeding On Your Furniture
No matter what price I pay for dark denim jeans, they always seem to bleed. Some are worse than others (one brand in particular seems to hemorrhage indigo) but they all are culprits. Here’s how to protect your furniture from a tough-to-remove stain: It may not seem like that big of a deal, but just wait until you leave your (very unwanted) mark on a friend’s white Barcelona chair. Ever tried to remove indigo from white leather? Make sure that doesn’t happen!
Dec 19, 2019
The $4 Laundry Staple I Always Pack in Every Suitcase
When you have to pack clean clothes with dirty clothes, everything ends up smelling slightly less than fresh. But there's a hack for that!
Dec 16, 2019
Stop the Smell: How To Clean a Front-Loading Washing Machine
Have you noticed your clothes smelling… musty? Even if you’ve switched the load from the washer to the dryer immediately after the cycle has ended? Before you run out and buy a strongly scented laundry detergent to cover the smell, give your machine a thorough cleaning. Taking care of your washing machine can help it stay clean and prevent walking.
Nov 19, 2019
This $2 Old School Stain Remover Has a Close-to-Perfect Amazon Rating
For hundreds of Amazon's 5-star reviewers, there’s one stain treatment that stands out from the rest.
Nov 12, 2019
This Cleaning Expert Taught Me a Free Makeup Stain-Removing Hack
This tip will not only save you money on dry cleaning, but it’ll also help you save money on buying clothes. It’s an all-around life hack, really.
Oct 31, 2019
Everything Goths and Witchy Folk Ever Wanted To Know About Laundering Black Clothing
Here's how to get your witchy wardrobe through the laundry without bringing harm to everything else in the process.
Oct 29, 2019
The $8 Secret for Cleaner, Cozier Sweaters—All Winter Long
We talked to a laundry and fabric care expert to get some insight on how exactly we should be washing our favorite cold weather staples.
Oct 22, 2019
7 Cute and Eco-Friendly Dryer Balls That’ll Get You Excited For Laundry Day
Plus, they'll save you tons of money!
Oct 18, 2019
This is a PSA: That Bleach and Hot Water Thing is Actually a Myth
If you’ve ever heard (or believed) that you shouldn’t mix bleach with hot water, then we have news for you. It's nothing more than modern-day housekeeping folklore.
Oct 8, 2019
This Lesser-Known Dryer Setting Will Save You Hours of Ironing
Days and weeks go by while the flowery blouse and the flowy dress hang unworn... because you pulled them out of the dryer wrinkled and you just do. not. want. to iron.
Oct 5, 2019
Before and After: This $345 Laundry Room Makeover Made a Cluttered Spot Bright and Airy
This homeowner's laundry room had also become her storage room. So she wanted to give the space some love—but, like, budgeted love.
Sep 16, 2019
The $16 “SockDock” Solves the Most Annoying Laundry Problem
I hate shopping for socks. There’s no fun in the process and every sock shopping trip (or, in my case, Amazon purchase) is a reminder that, once again, you’ve lost all your socks.
Sep 2, 2019
This Hamper Makes My Laundry Trips (and Relationship) Run More Smoothly
In the case of my double-duty hamper, it doesn’t hold whites in one and color in the other, but serves as a separator for my clothes from my fiancé’s.
Aug 31, 2019
The 21 Best Travel, Laundry, and Packing Hacks of All Time
Here are 21 of the best hacks of all time—for packing your clothes, stowing your delicate jewelry, and doing laundry on the go—that will help you squeeze every drop of joy from those golden vacay days.
Aug 6, 2019
There are 4 Ways to Dry a Swimsuit—But 3 of Them You’ll Regret
The thing that will make the biggest difference in your swimwear's longevity is how you clean and care for your suit—and especially how it's dried.
Jul 25, 2019
The $10 Essential You Need to Bring on Your Trip, If You Care About Your Clothes
It turns out you really never think of clothing hangers as important until you don’t have any to use at all.
Jul 24, 2019
The Perfect Laundromat Doesn’t Ex— Wait, It’s Beautiful, Comfortable, AND Has Free Detergent??
What does it mean to modernize laundry? First, create an environmentally and health-friendly way to wash. And, second, make it fashion.
Jul 10, 2019
Thanks to These Laundry Sheets, You’ll Never Have to Buy Detergent Again
They’ll also replace your stain remover, fabric softener, whitener, brightener, and anti-static dryer sheets.
Jul 6, 2019
A Laundry Expert Reveals How to Clean the Top 7 Stains that Happen During the Summer
Why is it that the best things about warmer weather—backyard grill-outs, picnics at the park, sunscreen-slathered beach days—also come with the toughest-to-remove stains?
Jul 3, 2019
8 Quick and Easy Cleaning & Laundry Tips that Airbnb Hosts Swear By
Those of us who survive and thrive in this world of letting strangers tell the internet how tidy we are have learned some mad skills when it comes to cleaning and laundry.
Jun 16, 2019
This Countertop Dryer Dries Your Laundry in Just 15 Minutes
On the hierarchy of clothes-related crises, nothing grates more than having to forego stepping out in a smashing ensemble simply because you forgot to dry a piece of clothing ahead of time. For those of us who know this soppy scenario all too well, this Kickstarter campaign for a fast-working countertop tumble dryer just might offer a solution we’ve been looking for.
Jun 6, 2019
How To Whiten Yellowed or Bleached Wool
White or natural color wools can yellow for a number of reasons, ranging from age to the environment it’s stored in. If your wool has yellowed naturally or because of a bleach stain, don’t fear! You can bring it back. I recently took in a stray rug that had a pretty significant bleach stain. The stain was intimidating but the rug was really nice, so I was determined. I figured it couldn’t get any worse than it already was!
Jun 5, 2019
How To Remove an Ink Stain with Milk & Vinegar
Sometimes we find ourselves in the most cliché nerd predicament: a leaking or exploding ink pen (where was your pocket protector when you needed it!?). But you can put away your inhaler, because removing an ink blob is easier than you think. Just grab some milk and vinegar and get to the stain ASAP! 2 parts whole milk1 part white distilled vinegarLarge bowl 1. Place your garment in a bowl at the most shallow part, allowing it to be covered completely with the mixture. 2.
Jun 5, 2019
My Secret Laundry Weapon is a Common, Easy to Use $15 Kitchen Tool
There's nothing I dread more than seeing a hand-wash tag on my new favorite shirt. Until now.
Jun 5, 2019
The Truth? You Probably Don't Need to Be Washing With Hot Water
Clean IQ
Given the environmental impact and the fact that switching to cold water also saves you money, why are we still stuck on the heat cycle? Here's the science behind turning up the heat.
Jun 3, 2019
IKEA Has a Genius $4 Idea for Hiding Your Out of Season Clothes and Bedsheets, In Plain Sight
With this fun hack, we’ve all got one more excuse to accessorize our living rooms and bedrooms.
Jun 2, 2019
Master This 10-Second Hack for Removing Lint When You Don’t Have a Lint Roller
The process of making your very own, super-powered lint roller is simple.
Jun 2, 2019
5 Simple, Affordable Things That Helped Me Get Over My Hatred of Laundry
Laundry can be the most exhausting and tedious chore, or it can be your favorite excuse to unwind.
May 21, 2019
How To Clean Your Jeans Without Water (In the Freezer!)
Here’s an oldy but a goody that’s even more relevant now as MORE people are doing it… I recently bought my first pair of “serious” jeans. The reason I know this is because as I was standing at the register about to pay A LOT of money for them, a cool dude who was standing next to me at the register said, “Oh, you’re going to like those.” “Do you have a pair?” I asked him.
May 21, 2019
My Great Aunt’s Laundry Trick Makes Coming Back From Vacation Painless
I don't get stuck in re-entry inertia with a suitcase clogging up our bedroom for a week or more
May 12, 2019
Tips For Using Communal Laundry Facilities
In our apartment building there are 15 units with roughly 40 people in them. On the main floor there are 2 washers and 1 dryer for everyone to share. Needless to say, laundry is always running around our place (even at 6am, which we have found to be the best time to do ours!) and because of it, there are a few tricks and tips we have picked up to insure our laundry turns out clean and timely. Before heading downstairs to run a load of laundry we always fill our Downy Ball with a bit of vinegar.
May 9, 2019
We Cleaned Our Sofa In The Washing Machine!
Last year we purchased a sectional sofa with clean lines and best of all, removable and washable upholstery. Even though the tag said it was ok to do so, we were still shy about using our washer to get things clean. Curiosity won in the end, so we tossed them in — said a silent prayer — and hit start! We originally purchased our ridiculously large sofa (over 15 feet total!) from a dealer in KC, just before the holiday season last year.
May 8, 2019
10 Ways to Organize Your (Dirty) Laundry
Anyone else out there have a problem keeping their laundry in one place? It’s tempting to throw your clothes on the floor at the end of a long day, but it’s an express ticket to messy-town. If you’re still looking for the right system to help you keep your clothes corralled, here are a few options for dealing with dirty laundry.
May 8, 2019
For a Safer Option Than Dryer Sheets, You Can Throw a Scented Paper Towel in Your Laundry
For as nice as fabric softener can make your clothes smell, it turns out that sometimes, they're not so great for the environment, or your skin.
May 7, 2019
Clean IQ: What’s Really in Those Tide to Go Pens? And Why Don’t You Have to Rinse Them?
What's going on inside those wizard sticks?
May 6, 2019
Cheap & Chic: How To Make a French-Vintage-Inspired Wire Hamper
Is it possible to find a laundry hamper that’s cheap, sturdy, and so stylish that it makes you feel like Jean Seberg in 1960s Paris? No, it isn’t. That’s why you’ll have to make your own. This vintage inspired design cost around $20 to make and is perfect for holding all your Breton stripe shirts.
May 6, 2019
No Substitute: Which Products Inspire Brand Loyalty?
When it comes to most things I buy for my home (toilet paper, for example), I am pretty flexible: I will buy what is at Costco or what is on sale, including generic or store brands. But with certain products I am very brand loyal (even when my budget tells me to be otherwise).Do you have brand loyalty with certain household products?
May 6, 2019
Quick Tip: Use a Salad Spinner For Quickly Drying Small Clothing Items
Here’s a quick tip I learned from friends who regularly go car camping: they always bring a large size salad spinner with them, just in case they find themselves needing to wash, then dry a t-shirt, socks, or intimates… I’ve got several technical synthetic material athletic shirts, socks, and tights/sleeves I prefer to hand wash and hang dry throughout the week immediately after workouts (they can accumulate a funk quickly, the sweat hog I am).
May 4, 2019
Emergency Cleanups: How To Remove Ink, Wine & Oil Stains
Spills are almost always unexpected, and always a pain. My mother clearly knew this: when I left for college she gave me a small, thick book called “Field Guide to Stains,” which I still have and reference more frequently than I ever thought I would. STAIN REMOVAL STAPLES I find the best way to deal with stains is to be prepared.
May 4, 2019
Time-Saving Tip: How To Quickly Dry a Load of Laundry
Doing laundry is a time-consuming and never-ending chore. But since it is a necessary evil, the only solution is to find ways to make the job easier and faster. This summer, I seem to be doing laundry more frequently, with smaller loads, and yet those smaller loads seem to take as much time to dry as my larger loads, even when set to the same exact settings. Boggled by this reoccurring conundrum, I asked my grandmother for her sage advice.
May 4, 2019
How To Keep the Laundry Mountain Monster from Eating You Alive
Anyone else at war with piles upon piles of laundry? It never occurred to me how much motherhood and laundry go together, but here we are! While it’s still an uphill battle, I have learned that some things (when I actually do them) help keep the relentless laundry situation under control.
May 4, 2019
Alice, Can I Take a Stranger’s Laundry Out of the Shared Machines?
Dear Alice, I live in a big apartment building with a busy laundry room — during peak days/hours the machines are usually all full. So what about those machines where the load has finished but the owner hasn’t come back to switch the wash to the dryer or take his dried laundry home? I often have to stand around waiting for someone to show up and deal with their clothes. Is it rude to remove those loads so I can get my own laundry started?
May 4, 2019
Why Keeping Only the Clothes that “Spark Joy” Is Magical
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing has revolutionized my thinking about decluttering and spurred me to action in a way that, for once, doesn’t feel like I’m spinning my wheels. Marie Kondo tells us to ask one question when deciding what to keep: “Does it spark joy?” and I’ve been asking this while going through my entire wardrobe. Here’s why I think it’s the best decluttering question ever.
May 4, 2019
Take It Outside: 8 Spring Cleaning Projects That Are So Much Easier Outdoors
Ah, spring: when a young man’s fancy turns to beating rugs and scrubbing the crisper. And no, those aren’t euphemisms, but chores that are infinitely easier to accomplish now that going outdoors won’t result in certain death. Some of these require access to a hose, but there’s hope for apartment-dwellers, too… I am stupidly excited about finally getting to scrub down the recycling can we keep in our pantry.
May 4, 2019
Winning at Laundry Day: What to Learn From My Worst Laundry Mistakes (So You Don’t Make Them, Too)
I’ve ruined a lot of great clothes in my life and most of them could have been saved had I known a few handy laundry facts before I embarked upon my trial-and-error method of clothing care. Official warning: don’t make my mistakes! Don’t do this stuff anymore.
May 4, 2019
Clever Laundry Tricks You Should Learn Now (Before You Need Them!)
Preparation is the key to success. The next time your favorite sweater shrinks or you smear sauce on your sleeve at dinner, instead of furiously Googling for a solution, you’ll remain cool, calm and collected because you committed these five in-a-pinch laundry hacks to memory. No garment steamer? No problem. If your clothes are just a bit more wrinkled than you’d like them to be, don’t break out the iron, just use your dryer (if you’re lucky enough to have one at home).
May 3, 2019
5 Surprising Things Your Nest Thermostat Can Do for You (Like, Uh, The Laundry!)
If you’ve already invested in a Nest Learning Thermostat ($249) or have read about the smart device, you likely know about some of the perks—but not all of them. Nest allows you to turn up the AC from your iPhone when you’re about to head home on summer’s hottest day, open utility bills that have dropped significantly thanks to the smart Auto-Away mode, and just generally live in a world where the temperature is perfectly regulated at all times.
May 3, 2019
Big City Perks: 7 Life-Changing Laundry Delivery Apps
Doing laundry may be a basic household chore, but if you live in a small apartment in a major city, having an in-unit washer and dryer is a huge luxury. You might be lucky enough to have a laundry room in your building or complex, but it’s more likely that you’re on your own with your dirty clothes. Fortunately, you don’t have to lug your things to the nearest laundromat if you don’t want to.
May 3, 2019
I Got Rid of All My Clothes That Didn’t Fit… Here’s How it Changed My Attitude
Confession time: My body and I have a long, sordid love-hate relationship. I’ve dealt with chronic illness and body image issues for as long as I can remember—I was always somehow too sick or too big or too small in my mind, and I was never forgiving or kind enough to myself when I needed it most. And over the years, my struggles with my body became very much personified in my wardrobe.
May 3, 2019
How To Stop Losing Your Socks in the Wash
One of the greatest mysteries in life? Figuring out where your other sock always disappears to in the wash. If it seems like you lose yet another sock with every load of laundry you do, you’re not alone. There are plenty of uses for those orphan socks you’ve already got lying around—but if you want to try to keep the rest of your socks together to avoid future laundry losses, these simple tips should help.
May 3, 2019
9 Things You Should Always Take to the Dry Cleaners (And 5 Things You Really Don’t Need To)
Instructions are important to pay attention to, especially when it’s laundry time. You might think that measly little tag inside your favorite sweater doesn’t offer any sound advice, but in reality, the future of your wardrobe might depend on it. You see, many of us take the words “Dry-Clean Only” as a slight suggestion, when they need to be read literally (should you want to preserve the life of your garments). And yet, just because a tag recommends dry-cleaning (i.e.
May 3, 2019
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.
May 3, 2019