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How To Do Laundry
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Post# 984536   2/27/2018 at 05:45 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        

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Another bossy-boots article about the "right" way to do laundry with tips and suggestions galore.

She doesn't have a clue, does she?

Who keeps a bar of soap on an open window ledge?

Post# 984541 , Reply# 1   2/27/2018 at 06:33 by speedqueen (Harrison Twp, Michigan)        
This nonsense actually got published?

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I didn't know that Australia was 65 years behind the US and Europe and still using soaps instead of synthetic detergents. Either this lady is stupid(likely) or Henkel/P&G/Lever don't like Australians, and think they cannot be trusted with even 1950s technology. Also real "soap" residue is like fabric softener in that is softens fibres, not the other way around.

Adding a towel is only going to clog up the already limited space of euro-type dryers and cause the already weak air flow of condenser and heat pump dryers to slow to a crawl.

Fabric softener DOES work(I don't us it much, however) but her advocacy of vinegar which works by balancing the PH, cancels out her first point that stiffness is caused by excess "soap" lodged in the fibers.

Finally, how does the article justify the claim that it cuts your laundry time in half? Even if the tea-towel trick works(which I highly doubt) it would save what, maybe five minutes?

Post# 984543 , Reply# 2   2/27/2018 at 06:40 by MrAlex (London, UK)        

Oh lord.. who’s this delirious woman.. detergents are made of petrochemicals and have been for a veeeery long time..

Post# 984555 , Reply# 3   2/27/2018 at 07:46 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
Superstitious mumbo-jumbo

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Soap? Hah!

The silly witch clearly hasn't been educated in the art of detergency.

And I don't know why our stupid Daily Mail is reporting on Australian laundry methods!

Post# 984558 , Reply# 4   2/27/2018 at 08:49 by MrAlex (London, UK)        

Daily Fail is never a credible source for news or information lol

Post# 984559 , Reply# 5   2/27/2018 at 08:53 by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

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True. They always seem to put some kind of 'spin' into an article, which turns out not to be the case at all.

Post# 984566 , Reply# 6   2/27/2018 at 09:22 by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

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Yeah ... soap.

And what exactly are the physics that provides for an added tea towel to cut drying time by 1/3?  The towel may initially absorb some moisture from the load but that moisture is still inside the drum and must be evaporated out same if it was still in the load with the extra towel not present ... so what's the advantage?  'splain it, Lucy.

Post# 984570 , Reply# 7   2/27/2018 at 09:48 by Yogitunes (New Jersey)        

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the only time an added towel is a benefit, is when your drying only one or two items, and this helps to keep the items tossing rather than stick to the drum as it rotates...

Auto-Dry/in-drum-sensor cycles work best with a full load....

but in any case, this should be your first clue to any reporter/advisor....they never know what the heck their talking about, nor do they even investigate/inquire to what the truth really is.....

too many times I have seen incidents, and by the time it was reported in the news/papers...was so far off scale from what actually happen.....its like reality TV, they make stuff up as they go along, just for ratings....

ratings is based on how well someone can construct a story to get the most people to watch.....its a job where you don't need any skillz!

wait! week on, we'll start a thread on what to do with those darn ole holiday leftovers.....stay tuned!

Post# 984612 , Reply# 8   2/27/2018 at 18:51 by Michaelman2 (Atlanta, GA)        

A cursory Google search would have given the authoress a clue that the majority of her remedies and suggestions were simply not correct. There were so many errors and falacies that make me wonder why in the world she has been proclaimed an expert?

Post# 984692 , Reply# 9   2/28/2018 at 12:35 by thomasortega (Los Angeles - CA)        

She forgot to say the towel must be white and new, specially if it's a load of black shirts. ROFL

Post# 984737 , Reply# 10   2/28/2018 at 20:29 by iej (Ireland)        
Who has all these issues with laundry?

I honestly can't understand how anyone has all these issues with doing laundry.
If you use pretty much any decent detergent and select an appropriate cycle, clothes come out absolutely perfectly. At least that's my experience.

If you want to use an ecological detergent, there are good options these days too.

As for conditioners, they really do work - just don't over dose them and make sure to do a hot towels wash at least weekly to keep your washing machine in good shape.

As for dryers, most of them do a great job!

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