Dirty laundry
Express housekeeping : how to speed clean, lighten the laundry load, cleaning tricks & tips
Anna Shepard.
New York, NY : DK Pub., 2011.
  1. Includes index.
  2. "How to speed-clean your way to a spotless home in just minutes a day"--Cover.
Will marry for food, sex, and laundry : how to get him-- and how to keep him
Simon Oaks.
Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, 2009.
This controversial throwback of a marriage manual reveals the real reasons men marry: to have their basic needs met. Oaks argues that if women are willing to master the art of cooking, getting a man to commit is easy.
Husbandry : sex, love & dirty laundry : inside the minds of married men
Stephen Fried.
New York, N.Y. : Bantam Books, 2007.
Smart, honest, perceptive, and often laugh-out-loud funny, this collection of 30 essays from Frieds hugely popular column in "Ladies Home Journal" offers women a new perspective on the mysterious ways of married men.
Start your own coin-operated laundry : your step-by-step guide to success
Entrepreneur Press and Mandy Erickson.
[Irvine Calif.] : Entrepreneur Press, c2006.
Includes index.

With washing machines' and dryers' new technology features, it may be hard to figure out how best to keep your clothes clean and fresh. When you buy new clothes and want to keep them for many seasons to come, you need to learn how to extend the life of the fabric, to assure a longer fresh appearance, and to minimize fading and damage.

You can save money on your wardrobe by finding the content information that provides information about the garment's material. Look at thecare label for instructions on how to care for it.

Uses for dryer sheets

Repel mosquitoes
Eliminates static electricity
A fragranced sheet

More ideas

The care label has at least four symbols that let you know how to launder the item. These symbols represent the wash cycle and water temperature, to bleach or not, how to dry the garment, and if you need to use steam when ironing.  There are symbols for dry cleaning and the label may include wording to alert you to this requirement. These symbols were developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) as a simple system that is easy for consumers to learn.

Here are a few fabrics and how to care for them:

  • Cotton can withstand high temperatures
  • Machine wash Fleece but hang to dry
  • Nylon should be tumbled dried at low temperatures
  • Hand wash Rayon using mild lukewarm water
  • Silk can be hand or machine wash
  • Dry clean Wool at least once a season

If you wash similar garments together by color and fabric type and follow the care instructions on the manufacturer’s label, your wardrobe will last many seasons ahead.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff