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Okay, so this isn’t the most exciting topic ever, but I just love how much I learn from you guys when I do a post like this. So here goes 🙂
- How often do you wash your clothes?
- What detergent/s do you use?
- Do you hang to dry most items, or use the dryer?
- Stain removal tips??
- What about your wools, cashmeres, silks? Do you wash them at home? or take them to the dry cleaner?
How often do you wash?
I wash jeans hardly ever, like once every couple of months or so, and everything else every 2-3 or more, honestly, wears. Besides workout wear and underwear, duh 😉 Towels and sheets every week. I have hooks in the bathroom I hang tees and stuff I wear and only throw them in the laundry if they’re visibly dirty, or if I’ve worn them multiple times already.
When we moved we got new front loading Samsung washer & dryer and it has made laundry a million times better/easier/more efficient. You guys who have front loaders though, what do you do about the mildew smell coming from the door? I leave the door wide open now, but in the beginning I had no idea…I have run the self-clean cycle once but that takes four hours!! My sister mentioned something with lemon that she’s used before. (Actually now, I’ve gone down the rabbit hole at The Laundress and see I can use vinegar to neutralize the smell…)
My mom ordered herself, and my sister and I Guppyfriend wash bags from Patagonia recently and I’ve been using that for my workout wear. I try to remember to put all my synthetics in it when I wash them (I don’t have a lot anymore), but I forget sometimes. So far, I haven’t seen any residue/micro plastic waste to remove yet though.
Oh, and Leo and I do our laundry mostly separately, but he’ll put things in with my whites, or darks that ARE NOT SWEATY or SMELLY. THAT IS THE RULE.
I use The Laundress for pretty much everything – The signature detergent for all my stuff except silks (for those I use the delicates detergent), or wools (I use the wool & cashmere shampoo), and the sport detergent for my workout wear. I did splurge once and got one each of the Santal33 and the Rose31 scents and they were AMAZING, but a total splurge, not something to use everyday, or that I would buy again. FYI, I usually stock up when The Container Store has The Laundress on sale, which they do periodically. The Laundress’ website has good codes and sales often also.
I try to hang almost everything to dry, just because I think it helps pieces last longer, but I don’t always do it…often I don’t have room to hang everything, or I just get lazy and will sometimes dry t-shirts or whatever. Always on super low heat. Drying makes linen SO SOFT so I might do it once or twice 😉
I use the Laundress stain solution for everything and find it works really well on most stains. I have a couple of deodorant and oil stains on my Black Crane linen jumpsuit that WILL NOT COME OUT for anything though, which is disappointing, but otherwise, I find that it’ll get even old stains out pretty well. I have a brush I use to really get it in there on sturdier things. My friend uses a bluing agent on whites that she swears by; it even worked on some of my white t-shirts I thought were hopeless.
Washing Dry Clean only garments
I have been washing all my dry clean only garments at home for years. I use the delicates cycle with cold water in the washing machine for everything, and so far, so good. I either hang or lay flat to dry, depending on heavy the item is. I can’t really think of a situation or an item that I’d take to a dry cleaner anymore. I don’t have a lot of silk, but maybe a silk blouse? Just because I HATE to iron…I do my Elizabeth Suzann silk crepe and raw silk pieces at home and don’t need to iron them, but my pants wouldn’t need ironing anyway, and raw silk looks better with a little more texture, I think 🙂
I will note that my raw silk romper from Ozma did not do well washing this way; it is faded looking and splotchy now, and I haven’t worn it or washed it much. My Elizabeth Suzann raw silk is more “sturdy” than my Ozma, so that may be a factor, but I’m quite disappointed in how it looks now. I’ll just say it has “character” and wear it anyway, but now it’s more appropriate for wearing at home than out. I guess with raw silk, I’d be very very wary to NOT dry clean from now on…