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laundry guide

Your Guide to Everything Laundry

How to Hand-Wash ClothesCleaning
If your only clothes-cleaning option is a laundromat, it's surprisingly easy to clean clothes at home instead.
Mar 17, 2022
How to Fold a Fitted SheetCleaning
Sneaking through college without learning to properly fold a fitted sheet is a forgivable offense. You spent quite a few years packing your brain with other valuable information, and to be honest, you were probably doing good just to get them laundered. But should you find yourself well beyond your college years, still sloppily folding the fitted sheet, well, this tutorial is for you. 1. Start by giving the sheet a good shake, then fold it in half lengthwise. 2.
Oct 26, 2023
How to Wash Dry-Clean-Only Clothes at HomeCleaning
If you follow the right steps, you may never need to spend money on a dry cleaner again.
Apr 15, 2020
How to Clean a Front-Loading Washing MachineCleaning
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. If you’ve never taken the time to wash your washer, this task might take you a while (that is, if your machine doesn’t have a self-cleaning option) but will be worth every minute.
Nov 19, 2019
How to Whiten Laundry without Chlorine BleachCleaning
Many of us have banished chlorine bleach from our homes, as it can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs, poison fish and insects, and release carcinogenic dioxins during production. Fortunately, there are still plenty of ways keep white linens, socks, and other fabrics sparkling, and you probably already have the necessary ingredients around the house.
May 19, 2023
How To Wash A Down ComforterCleaning
Ever wondered if it’s okay to wash your down comforter without taking it to the dry cleaners? You’ve wondered correctly! You can absolutely wash your down comforter sans the pros. All you need is a mild detergent, and a few hours spent at the laundromat. And patience. Did I mention patience? Mild or all-natural detergentTennis ballsExtra large capacity front-loading washing machineExtra large capacity dryer or sunny outdoor space 1.
May 21, 2023
How to Store Winter Clothes in the Off-SeasonCleaning
Tossing all your cold weather clothing in a bin or space bag might be a quick fix, but you won't be doing your future self any favors when chillier fall temps arrive.
Nov 2, 2022
How to Clean Vintage and Recycled ClothesCleaning
The next best thing to scoring a fantastic secondhand find is being able to make it last. 
Sep 15, 2021
Laundry Tips for People with Sensitive SkinCleaning
Having sensitive skin isn’t just a health issue; it’s a lifestyle. It can impact what cosmetics you buy and what materials you wear. It can even influence the way you do your laundry.
Oct 4, 2021
The 27 Greatest Laundry Hacks of All TimeCleaning
While we can't come do your laundry for you, we can try to make it easier by rounding up a big list of our very favorite hacks, tricks, and techniques for making laundry day go a little bit easier.
May 31, 2023
How to Load a Top-Load Washing MachineCleaning
Loading the wrong way can cause laundry items to twist and become entangled, or to create a “dome” or “bubble” in the washer. Here's how to prevent that problem.
May 24, 2023
How to Clean a Top-Load Washing MachineCleaning
It had been two years since my machine was cleaned well. Pro tip: Don't wait that long.
Sep 27, 2022
How To Keep Dark Denim from BleedingCleaning
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 Best Way to Wash Gym Clothes Cleaning
It doesn’t take a gym rat to know that workout clothes require special cleaning care. Often made of sweat wicking materials like Lycra, spandex, and polyester, it’s not uncommon for our exercise gear—even cotton ones—to get (and stay) stinky. To help you take better care of your beloved gym clothes, we broke down some of the best things you can do to keep your workout gear looking and feeling fresh for longer.
Nov 2, 2022
How to Make Your Own Linen SprayCleaning
Linen spray is one of life’s little luxuries, but you don’t have to have a luxurious budget to make your own. If you’ve got five minutes and a few simple ingredients, you’ve got linen spray! 30 drops essential oil1.5 cups Distilled water3 oz. VodkaSpray bottle (I use a bunch of small spray bottles and keep them all around the house!)Funnel 1. Combine the vodka and distilled water in a jar. 2. Add 30 drops of any combination of essential oils. 3.
Jul 23, 2020
How to Get Oil out of ClothesCleaning
Not only do oil stains seem to stand out like a sore thumb on your clothes; they’re also notoriously difficult to remove.
Jun 15, 2023
How to Get Rid of Red Wine StainsCleaning
Cry over the lost wine, not fear of the stain!
Nov 3, 2023
How to Remove Blood from FabricCleaning
The first step is: don't panic. The cleaning process isn’t as bad as you think.
Sep 28, 2022
How to Quickly Remove Lint from ClothesCleaning
You can devote part of your chaotic morning to lint-rolling yourself to perfection, but it helps to have other ideas on deck to get all that cottony debris off you quickly.
Aug 6, 2023
How to Remove Ink StainsCleaning
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
How to Remove Paint from ClothesCleaning
Not all stains are created equal.
Oct 10, 2020
How to Brighten Your Whites without BleachProjects & Improvements
If you find it difficult to convince yourself that those formerly bright, now slightly graying towels and t-shirts are indeed fresh and clean—keep reading. I can totally embrace my hair going gray, I actually love it, but I absolutely positively cannot handle graying white linens. So when I noticed a beloved old t-shirt turning that awful shade, I quickly took to researching a safe, effective way to return it to it’s original glory—without compromising the fibers. Mrs.
Jun 5, 2019
How to Wash PillowsProjects & Improvements
Can you remember the last time you washed your pillow? It’s generally a good idea to do it at least once each year to keep them fresh, clean, and free of dust mites. Whether you wash by hand or machine, this simple task will put your mind at ease and literally help you sleep at night. Mild, low-suds detergent Washing machine or deep sink Remove the pillow protector (using a zippered protector plus a pillowcase helps to keep your pillows cleaner.
Jun 5, 2019
How to Make Moth RepellantCleaning
Whether you’re just pulling out your sweaters or putting them away for the season, a moth repellent is key to making your winter wools last. Forget the stinky, toxic moth balls—and who really has the space for a cedar closet? What you need is good smelling, tiny alternative, and we’ve got just the thing!
Feb 24, 2019
How to Whiten Yellowed WoolCleaning
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
This Green Laundry Detergent Not Only Works, It Also Only Costs $11
I’m breaking up with my grocery store laundry detergent after finally finding a green alternative that works. 
Nov 23, 2023
5 Ways to Get Bleach Out of Clothes Before It's Too Late
Act fast before the stain sets in.
Nov 21, 2023
8 Fabric Softener Alternatives for Static-Free Laundry
The best and easiest alternatives from laundry pros.
Nov 16, 2023
11 Linen Sprays That’ll Instantly Freshen Up Your Space
Because everyone loves a good spritz.
Nov 9, 2023
How to Finally Get That Mildew Smell Out of Your Towels
A cleaning pro shares their step-by-step process.
Nov 8, 2023
5 Ways to Remove Red Wine Stains
According to a laundry pro.
Nov 3, 2023
This Is Everything You Need to Know About High-Efficiency Washers
An appliance specialist shares how it compares to a traditional washer.
Oct 31, 2023
I Found the Secret to Removing Chocolate Stains in One Wash
Just in time for Halloween.
Oct 27, 2023
These Are the ONLY Steps You'll Need to Fold a Fitted Sheet
You’ll never have to struggle with this frustrating task again!
Oct 26, 2023
21 Clever Hacks That Will Organize Your Laundry Situation for You
Here are some of the best ways to turn this small, often neglected room into its very best self.
Oct 24, 2023
This Overlooked Washer Feature Will Save You So Much Time
If you’re not taking advantage of this feature, then you’re missing out.
Oct 18, 2023
How to Clean Curtains and Drapes at Home
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According to a laundry pro.
Oct 8, 2023
The Best Way to Safely Wash an Electric Blanket
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According to experts.
Oct 6, 2023
Clean IQ: Everything You Need to Know About the Dry Cleaning Process
Hold on to your dry-clean-only hats.
Sep 28, 2023
This $20 Rolling Hamper Is a Must If You Have No In-Unit Laundry
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It makes hauling clothes to the washer less of a hassle.
Sep 25, 2023
You Need to Clean Your Dryer Vent to Prevent a Future Fire
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Here’s how.
Sep 21, 2023
How to Get Permanent Marker Out of Clothes and Everything Else
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Permanent markers don’t have to leave behind a lasting mark.
Sep 17, 2023
6 Signs It’s Time to Get a New Washing Machine
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Appliance pros share how long washers last and when to start shopping for a new one.
Sep 16, 2023
I Hired a TaskRabbit to Do My Laundry — Here's How It Went
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I gained more than just clean clothes.
Sep 14, 2023
The Fabric Deodorizer I Swear By to Keep My Activewear Fresh Between Workouts
I've tried other deodorizers, and this one works the best.
Sep 13, 2023
This $30 Laundry Booster Works Like a Charm to Remove Any Musty Odors
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I even use it to freshen up my washer, too.
Sep 13, 2023
This Luxe-Looking, $13 Target Find Instantly Decluttered My Closet
It’s perfect for the laundry room, too.
Sep 12, 2023