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Spring Cleaning: Handwashing

You're going to think I'm crazy, but I love hand washing my clothes. It's true!

It's almost time to ditch the sweaters (goodbye and good riddance!) so that means that I'm prepping my woolens so that they can be stored until the fall. This used to mean a trip to the dry cleaners, but I have a passionate hatred for dry cleaning: It's expensive, bad for the environment and I just don't buy that my stuff is actually getting clean.

So what I do instead is hand wash everything. Yes, even the "dry-clean only" stuff.

I rarely washed clothes by hand because it used to take me forever and it made my sink a mess. I also didn't need another chore added to my list. But then I figured out a system and now I hand wash a bunch of clothes at a time, saving me precious goofing off time.

Instead of the sink, I wash everything in the tub. Yes, the tub.

That way I can actually wash a bunch of clothes instead of doing one sweater at a time.

I also buy a detergent that's actually pleasant to use. I'm currently using the Wool & Cashmere Shampoo by The Laundress. I like the scent, but I really love the packaging. It makes the task feel civilized.

The last item you'll need is a drying rack like like this - I just lay the heaviest sweaters on the mesh, put it in the tub when I'm done washing and pick up my clean and fluffy sweaters the very next day.


Reader Comments (3)

Great idea! I shy away from Dry Clean Only items for fear of the above-mentioned reasons. That shampoo just LOOKS like it smells fresh.

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwhoorl

It smells like cedar, not quite fresh but yummy. They do make a lingerie wash that is fresh and delightful. I just refuse to post pics of that :)

March 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanna

[...] myself that since I’ll always have to do these things, I might as well enjoy the process. So I buy nice smelling laundry detergent, and I treat errand-running as a chance to get out of the house by myself (maybe I get myself a [...]

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