Laundry Advice

I am working on edits to my young-adult manuscript in progress, and letting myself take laundry breaks but other than that, trying to focus.

Which, as you can see, I’m not doing very well. But, writing is writing, right?

So anyway, a brief housewifely post.

My advice on laundry: When you don’t want to do laundry or are hopelessly behind, do two loads a day. Eventually you’ll catch up but not burn out.

My friend Becky’s advice: When you don’t want to do laundry, do a load of pants. They’re easy to fold.

This guy named Steve I used to know’s advice: When you’re in a bad mood, do a load of laundry. It probably won’t make you feel better, but you will have a load of laundry done.

My current nemesis is that my boys have dark patches on their shirts that I can no longer ignore, because they get greasy hands then use their shirts as napkins. Gah. Need to find a non-toxic solution to get rid of them. Tried Dawn; too stinky floral. Tried Motsenbocker’s; too stinky industrial. Tried Dr. Bronner’s peppermint; cussing useless. Wondering if I’m doomed to having to treat every single stain on every single shirt.

4 Responses to “Laundry Advice”

  1. carolyn Says:

    what about the grandma’s secret stain remover?

    I’ve had good luck with it in the past

  2. Kate Says:

    Once a week (usually Sunday) I put on a podcast, and sort ALL of the laundry. As I sort, I treat each stain individually (with a spray, probably toxic). Then anyone can do a load at any time over the next few days because they are all sorted and treated. I also have a special load pile no one is allowed to touch but me.

  3. girldetective Says:

    Podcasts are one of those “bridge too far” things for me. Like camping and navy blue and running.

  4. Elle Says:

    When nothing else works I just wash at a very high temperature, usually the whites cycle (60 or even 95 C). Of course colours will have to be washed separately and will suffer, but if the alternative is throwing the clothes away it’s worth trying. My advice: have something much more urgent to do, and then you’ll find laundry an attractive alternative. ;-)