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Laundry 101

So you splurged and bought the ridiculously expensive t-shirt/bra/sweater. "Sure, it was pricey," you told yourself, "but it will last a lifetime!" Right?

Well, that depends. How you wash an item of clothing will go a long way in determining how long you will be able to wear it proudly.

The first step is to wash with a gentle cleanser. Caldrea manufactures beautiful and beautifully-scented home products, including these from their gentle "Sweet Pea" line.

Sweet Pea products are marketed by Caldrea for baby clothes, but they should also be gentle enough to handle even your most delicate couture.

For more laundry tips,

Dryers. They're dreadfully convenient, but high heat is the enemy of delicate fabrics. To break the dangerous cycle, Williams Sonoma offers this great collapsible drying rack for $44.

With multiple bars to hang clothing and a flat rack to dry your sweaters, the best part of this drying rack is that it folds down to just 3" deep.

And for more helpful information on fabric care, Woolite has put together this great fabric care chart to show you how to launder everything from acetate to wool.

Now I've got to go do my own!

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BlackBarbie21 BlackBarbie21 11 years
We've always had a housekeeper growing up. My mom was VERY dumb when it came to basic household chores, and still is. She passed that on down to me. I hate the thought of doing laundry, washing dishes, etc.
crazylady crazylady 11 years
Mal - I'm packing right now. I'll be there soon! lol
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 11 years
Everytime I go to the laundromat here it turns into some kind of college party. Seriously there are mats here where folks toke and drink liquor while waiting for laundry. I hate doing mine and will usually pay a friend or someone else.
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 11 years
purex is waaaay cheaper and really good. sorry. i'm super cheap today.
yrschatool yrschatool 11 years
i only use the dryer for linens and jeans. my stuff lasts long enough that i'm tired of it before it wears out. stains don't come out once the item has been in the dryer.
sjpwannabe sjpwannabe 11 years
barbie, do tell how you have never done laundry please!!
malibu-stacey malibu-stacey 11 years
crazy -- when i'm independently wealthy, you can be my "only laundry" person... heehee... :)
crazylady crazylady 11 years
MS - if you fly me there and promise I only have to do laundry. No cleaning bathrooms, dusting or sweeping. I'll even iron for you! Anything to get away from doing laundry and cleaning up after my family of 5.
malibu-stacey malibu-stacey 11 years
will you come do mine, crazy lady?! :)
crazylady crazylady 11 years
Barbie - totally had to laugh out loud at your post. I've been doing laundry all day (now on load 8) and am so sick of it and bummed that the kids filled up the hamper again after bathtime tonight.
malibu-stacey malibu-stacey 11 years
barbie, how is that possible? are you wealthy?
BlackBarbie21 BlackBarbie21 11 years
I have never done a load a laundry in my life, and hopefully I never will.
malibu-stacey malibu-stacey 11 years
i love me some caldrea! the hand soap is AWESOME!
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