Whether you're a newbie to doing laundry or not, these Laundry Love tips from "The Laundry Evangelist" Patric Richardson's book just may forever change the way you do this common chore.
Laundry Love is basically the laundry BIBLE. This book offers you both new tips you hadn't heard of before AND dispels common myths about washing your clothes. You will live by his methods after reading it (I certainly did!) and will return to it to refresh your memory (along with your clothes).
In addition to writing Laundry Love, Patric Richardson is the host of a television show and has sold out "laundry camps" to thousands of people. He gained a love of laundry as a toddler from his grandmother and honed his skills over several decades, including as an employee of Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. He also has a laundry products store in the Mall of America!
Richardson says that laundry is an act of love, and I personally see it as an act of gratitude for the clothing you own. When you learn the right ways to do laundry, you can also save a lot of time and money in the long run.
For me, it's about both appreciating and taking care of my investments. I like to try to maintain a personal capsule wardrobe in which I buy only what I truly love and need and wear it a lot.
Thinking of my wardrobe this way changed the way I thought about laundry and is what got me interested in Laundry Love. I have implemented Richardson's Laundry Love tips for about a year now, and I absolutely swear by them, including the products he recommends. I do it all, and it's changed my life.
So, below are some FAQs about laundry followed by my personal review of Laundry Love tips from the book to get you started on your own journey to actually enjoying the chore.
(And while these tips are meant to provide a quick and easy, helpful resource for you, they are just a small review of the full book, and I definitely recommend that you read Laundry Love too. In addition to the endless tips it contains, you will love Richardson's Midwestern charm and anecdotes too.)
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- Make the laundry room or space in your home comfortable and cheerful.
- Have your laundry supplies on hand and accessible.
- Multitask by spending quality time with your loved ones while laundering and/or doing something fun like listening to an audiobook.
- Lessen your time spent laundering by using the express cycle and wool dryer balls.
- Use quality products that work well.
- Change your mindset. Wearing freshly laundered clothing is a blessing!
Many of the products Richardson recommends are from The Laundress, a woman-owned brand backed by Ivy League diplomas and committed to science, quality, clean ingredients, and eco-friendliness.
I ADORE this brand too and ONLY use their products. While they are pricy, you use very small amounts of them and save the costs of things like dry cleaning and replacing worn-out clothes.
A Few Great Laundry Love Tips
Below are just a few great tips from Laundry Love to give you a feel for what it has to offer. Read the full book to dramatically improve your laundry game!
Decide what to wash and what to treat and re-wear. For example, you can use Crease Release to unwrinkle an item. (This is what I use ALL THE TIME, and I almost NEVER iron.) And you can use a spray bottle of ½ vodka and ½ water to lift odors.
Sort the clothes you are washing properly. Richardson recommends five categories, regardless of what the item is: whites, blacks, cool, warm, and athletic.
Add the right ingredients to your washing machine. Add baking soda to fight stains and odors and soften fabrics. Keep whites white with a tablespoon of oxygen bleach (this is the one I use). Like the Laundry Guy, I trust The Laundress Signature Detergent, the Darks Detergent, or the Sport Detergent, depending on what I'm washing).
Use LESS detergent than recommended. This way, it fully washes out of your clothes and makes your clothes cleaner than they are with more soap. I use a small amount and have never felt my clothes came out unclean.
Wash with warm water on the express cycle. It may surprise you to learn that cold water settings don't clean your clothes well. And, unless something is really, really dirty (like athletic clothing), your clothes don't really need a longer cycle. I ALWAYS wash on the express cycle.
Decide what to air dry and what to put in the dryer. Hang drying your clothes makes them last about a year longer. And wool dryer balls can help cut down on drying time. I usually make this decision based on what the tags of my clothes say, as well as whether I want to risk any shrinkage for an item.
For even more, read the full book Laundry Love.
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