How do I maintain my clothes in less time?
November 26, 2012 4:25 PM Subscribe
How do I save time laundering and ironing my clothing?
posted by exquisite_deluxe to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (19 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
It seems like I spend a ridiculous amount of time cleaning and caring for my clothing. I've consciously tried to flip my wardrobe over to better materials and quality, but that has come at a price. All those delicate silk, cotton, and wool hand-wash items have really thrown me for a loop. I mostly machine wash my clothes (on cold/delicate) but it still is causing me hours each week to care for them! I handwash most wool items, which is labourious and I can only do one or two at a time to have space to lie everything flat.
My typical routine is separating machine-washable from hand-wash. I put the non-woolen handwash stuff into a laundry bag and machine-wash with the regular things on cold water. Everything is hung inside to dry. I spend a good deal of time ironing clothes after they've dried. Hang drying just doesn't seem to get the wrinkles out like a dryer does. Even cotton tea towels come out a wrinkled mess!
I don't have access to a machine dryer nor a place outside to hang my things (I live in an apartment without a balcony or yard). I do have a nice front-loading compact European washer with many different settings for temperature and agitation.
What would you suggest for ways to streamline my clothes-laundering routine? I'd like to avoid dry-cleaning for cost/environment purposes barring exceptions like coats, formal, and leather items. I suspect a better iron would be the first step... if you have a suggestion on this front, something that's available in Europe, please!
Thanks in advance!!