We’ve always suspected that most guy’s sheets didn’t get properly laundered as often as we’d like. In the past, we’ve seen the stains (snot? cum? Doritos?) and tried to will ourselves to imagine we were covered in an invisible, full body shield of antibacterial gel where no microbes could harm us. A horrifying new study confirms our very worst imaginings of dust mites and fungal spores. It found that single dudes ages 18 to 25 only wash their sheets — wait for it — four times a year because they “didn’t see the need” or “didn’t care.” That’s once a quarter if he’s feeling enterprising. Oh God, what if he’s not!? We can’t even think about it. Not that we always wash our sheet every two weeks as recommended by Martha Stewart, sometimes we’re lazy too — not nearly THAT lazy, but still. For the single dudes and the laundry-hating ladies, here’s a reminder about what needs to be done to keep your sheets from being absolutely disgusting (read: acceptable enough for people to want to sleep with you). Keep reading »
I’m not a simple woman made happy by simple things. I like fancy stuff! But I swear to God, if I could just have a washing machine and dryer inside my apartment …. I’d be as thrilled as if I came home and Michael Fassbender was waiting for me in bed with a bowl of chocolate mousse.
See, I’m lazy about doing laundry. It’s one of my least favorite chores. Not because I mind putting the clothes in the machines and folding them; I don’t mind that at all. It’s just a huge hassle to lug my laundry down a flight of stairs, plus my old-lady pushcart, and go over to the laundromat. The whole ordeal stresses me out so much that I put off doing laundry … and put it off … and put it off … until finally I’m stuck wearing a bikini bottom as undies and T-shirt that doesn’t fit anymore. (I know that I could make this easier for myself by paying for laundry dropoff/pickup, but I’d rather use that money to pay for dry cleaning more often.) Also, I’m really lazy. There, I said it.
It turns out I’m not the only Frisky staffer with laundry issues. We here by confess to the following: Keep reading »
I need all of my clothes to smell like Robert Downey Jr. [pilesofgoodandbad]
Someday, my dream is to own a home, modest in size, but with room for its very own washer and dryer. Oh, to be able to wash my own clothes without having to spend an hour and a half at the sketchy laundromat three blocks away! If you’re one of the many people who does not live in a house, apartment, or building with a laundry room, then you’re perhaps familiar with this daydream. And I’ve found an awesome temporary solution! The Eco-egg Automatic Mini Washing Machine is capable of doing, yes, very small loads of laundry on your kitchen countertop. In other words, it’ll come in handy when you’re running low on clean undies or really want to wear your favorite T-shirt, like, tomorrow. Genius! [$105, Amazon]
Freezers are good for many things: preserving food, chilling vodka, storing body parts, and, apparently, cleaning denim. Seriously: sticking your jeans in the freezer for a few days will kill bacteria and alleviate odors while avoiding significant shrinkage (George Costanza would be proud). Stains can’t be frozen out, but this is an interesting technique nonetheless.
I wash my jeans after every wear because I’m kind of a fanatic about squeaky clean jeans, but I might have to give this method a try just out of curiosity. How about you — how do you usually wash your jeans, and how often? [via Crushable]
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Today, I’m going to put an end to one of my worst habits. Thankfully, I don’t smoke, so I don’t have to worry about ditching a nicotine addiction. No, my habit isn’t so obvious; in fact, I’ve been doing it for years without noticing. I buy clothes with tags that read “Dry Clean Only” — but not anymore (if I can help it). Keep reading »
Laundry is my least favorite chore: It takes hours to complete and the results don’t last more than a day. While Method’s new line of laundry products won’t make washing your clothes more enjoyable, at least it’ll make the task more environmentally friendly and less messy. Because their plant-based formula is super concentrated, a 20-oz. bottle will get you through 50 loads, which means the stuff leaves a smaller carbon footprint. Plus, the detergent comes out of a pump, so it won’t dribble all over the bottle (and you won’t get powder everywhere, as I’ve been known to do). Laundry day is never fun, but at least now it won’t be as messy or bad for Mama Earth. [$15, Method Home] Keep reading »
Over on Slate, a male reader wrote to Dear Prudence, asking whether it was normal that his girlfriend of six months has been wearing the same bra every day for two weeks. Was she unhygienic, or simply a normal gal? Prudie responded, saying she polled some of the cleanest women she knows and they wash their bras at most once a week.
We did a little research on the topic, and while it’s pretty easy to find information about how you should be washing your bras (preferably by hand in cold water, air-dried), how often isn’t something that has been spelled out or set in stone. Keep reading »
One of the reason why I love Sarah Haskin’s “Target: Women” videos is that sometimes they force me to laugh at my own stereotypical womanly ways. This week, she goes off on detergent commercials which make it seem like women love doing laundry. “Why can’t we break the spin cycle?” she asks. “Because when you’re high on laundry, life is just better… it smells better.” Can I just say, this fits me to a T? I love doing laundry and nothing makes me squeal like the downy freshness of just washed towels. The only thing better? The smell of bleach. Keep reading »