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The Joy of Clean Laundry

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The smell of fresh, clean laundry and crisp linens folded neatly in a wicker basket and sitting in my laundry room evokes feelings of domestic satisfaction..and I can hide in my laundry room.  Doing laundry gives me immediate positive reinforcement and oddly enough makes me feel quite the old- fashioned housewife, on my days off. The reward of clean laundry is visual and olfactory feedback by seeing and smelling a job well done. We may not all enjoy this task but we have to do it anyway, so why not try to make the most of it. Like it or not doing laundry is on today’s to do list so lets get to it.

To make this inevitable duty as enjoyable as possible you will need:

A good smelling detergent

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Fabric Softener

A well made hamper

Several wicker laundry baskets

Gather all of your hangers that are not in use

1 nice iron and ironing board

Keep a basket nearby: with a lint brush or lint roller, static guard, and stain remover

A radio playing Patsy Cline to set the 1950’s country housewife mood

Sorting and preparing clothes – separate into similar batches, light and dark, heavy and lightweight fabrics, read clothing label tags for temperature and machine speed.

Hand washable and delicate fabrics, make sure you wash by hand with a gentle detergent and dry flat

Treat stains with a stain remover or a dab of detergent and let sit for a few hours

Add clothing to washer, set cycle and temperature, if you are unsure set to cold.

Remove clothing immediately for drying to avoid any unpleasant musty odor

If the items smell musty try adding a few tablespoons of vinegar to the detergent before wash

Add clothing to dryer and set temperature according to recommendations, a lot of clothing can be hung up directly from the washing machine to prolong life on a laundry rack.

Fold clothing and or hang up immediately after drying to avoid wrinkling

Iron any items that need pressed per instructions