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    12 Things That’ll Help You Master The Art Of Handwashing Your Clothes

    Grab yourself some no-rinse detergent and a salad spinner and let's get down to business.

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    1. A no-rinse detergent, so you can skip the annoying step of washing out any remaining soap suds and save your clothes from damage caused by over-handling. Soak offers an incredible, evaporating formula that is perfect for even the finest of wools, cashmeres, and silks.

    the bottle of detergent

    You only need a teaspoon of it!

    Promising review: "I use Soak for all my lingerie, delicates and special T-shirts as well as my hand crochet items. Everything comes out soft and wrinkle-free....even T-shirts that I wash in Soak hang dry to wearable perfection." —painterlady

    Get it from Amazon for $21.49.

    2. A plant-derived fabric conditioner that'll decrease drying time, reduce wrinkles, and best of all, ensure that you're never left with stiff garments that feel like papier-mâché at the end of the drying process.

    the bottle of fabric conditioner
    The Laundress

    Oh, and people really go wild for the fragrance — described as a "chorus of dark, almost sinister spice tamed by pure and fresh powder notes and rounded out by warm and familiar musk" on the website.

    Promising review: "In general, I do not use softeners or fabric conditioners. This is my third bottle and I love all of them. Every single one of them is lovely. They leave the clothes lightly-scented and soft but not with that heavy chemical feel. I haven't used 'softeners' in many years, and I am really glad I tried this. Worth the splurge. I will definitely continue using this and highly recommend it." —Jan

    Get it from The Laundress for $18.

    3. A sport detergent and spray to specifically address your activewear needs. Synthetic fibers are a completely different animal — and these solutions are built to remove perspiration, body oils, and odors without damaging elasticity or causing shrinkage.

    Laundress Sport Spray and Sport Detergent on window sill
    The Laundress

    Promising review: "I don't often leave reviews, but I have to for this product. It solved a stubborn odor problem that I was not able to solve any other way. The new odor-reducing materials used in athletic clothing don't always work, and sometimes actually make odors worse. Such was the case for three expensive athletic shirts that I had purchased from REI. The smell was truly awful. I tried EVERYTHING to eliminate the repulsive smell — Shout, distilled vinegar, baking soda, Borax, alternative bleach, etc...and then, in desperation, just plain ol' bleach. NOTHING worked. I was about to throw the shirts away when I came across The Laundress website. I saw the Sport Spray and decided to give it a try. And, you know what? IT WORKED. Like a dream. You could have knocked me over with a feather I was so surprised. It just didn't seem possible after all the previous failures. I wear these shirts all the time now and they smell great. This stuff is awesome and does exactly what it says. The Sport Detergent is also wonderful, but it was the Sport Spray that slayed the odor dragon. Thanks, Laundress!" —Kat

    Get them from The Laundress for $27.50.

    4. A full-sized bath towel you'll want to lay your wet clothing on after laundering. Rolling the towel with the clothing on it is an easy way to speed up the drying process without wringing out the moisture (which can sometimes lead to damage and wear).

    Pastel blue towels hanging on wall

    Promising review: "For the price, you get a great value here. After a few weeks of use, I have now ordered several combinations and sets. I'm really impressed with the quality and 'fluffiness' of the towels and washcloths." —Mike

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99 (available in eight colors).

    5. An easy oxygen whitener — that's a chlorine- and bleach-free, plant-derived formula — for your white clothing that needs some additional strength to bring them back to life.

    Molly Suds in basket

    Promising review: "This is the best whitener I have ever purchased for laundry. I will never go back to bleach and now learning how harmful it is to our environment I find this to be one of the best alternatives out there. Molly Suds is founded in my town and I’m really happy and excited to support a local business. If you were looking for the switch to something better, this is it! Just buy it." —Phylićia Davis

    Get it from Amazon for $22.07 (for 2.56 pounds).

    6. A salad spinner, if you want to get a bit more creative. It's a perfect hack for getting the moisture out of your smaller items like socks and underwear and prepping them for the hanging stage.

    Salad spinner being pressed

    Promising review: "A mini laundry machine! I actually use this for handwashing laundry, but I think if it can stand up to laundry use it will stand up to salads. It gets water out of the clothes really well and will spin very fast if you want it to. Easily the best part about it is that you can remove the basket, which makes it exceptionally easy to use." —Bee

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

    7. A rolling laundry cart to toss your damp clothes into before bringing them to their final hanging destination. A great alternative to leaving a trail of water throughout your home!

    Cat in rolling laundry basket

    Promising review: "My wife has a bad back and this cart saves her (or me or the kids) from bending over with wet clothes. It's also great when we fold or hang anything. The build quality is top-notch and after several months of use, I'm glad I purchased it. Easy to assemble, easy to roll." —M. Moody

    Get it from Amazon for $66.99.

    8. A three-tiered drying rack that'll give you space for up to two wash loads. So, it's not messing around.

    Three-tiered drying rack with clothes hanging on it in living room

    Promising review: "This is great! It fits in my bathtub, so I can use it to hang handwashing that's still dripping. It holds a ton of clothes, it's strong enough for jeans, it folds up beautifully into almost no space. What's not to love?" —PhillyTransplant

    Get it from Amazon for $37.87.

    9. Or, a "clip and drip" system with 16 hangers so you have 360-degree rotation for easy access to all your items.

    Clip and Drip attached to shower

    Promising review: "This was one of my best purchases of the year. We do a lot of line drying and this is perfect for socks, underwear, baby things, cloth diaper inserts/covers, or even dish rags. We can hang it on the shower bar, the basement clothesline, or outside. The clips are secure and the design of the main hook is good. Easy to get on and off a line or bar and hangs without the weight of clothes opening the clamp. This is a great space-saving product and I wish I'd had it back in my days of apartment living" —Arpie

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    10. A three-tier drying rack if you need a special place to rest your delicate items and sweaters (with ample air flow).

    Tops drying on three-tiered rack

    Promising review: "These saved me the hassle of washing/drying all my cashmere and wool sweaters! Before I had these, I would literally just lay them all over the house on whatever available surface I could find (couches, ottomans, etc.), but that took forever to dry because of the obvious issue of air flow. With these I can lay them flat to dry and without having to flip them and monitor them constantly. I bought two packs so that I can wash my delicate sweaters all together without having to do them in batches." —Patricia

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in three colors).

    11. An easy-to-use retractable outdoor washing line you'll be able to stow away when you're not using it. It offers 49 feet of hanging length and there are two lines included, so you do the math! That's a lot of clothing.

    Promising review: "Easy to hang and it attaches on one side so it can swivel either direction needed. LONG drying cords that reach across my backyard to the fence. I cut one of them to 15 ft. LOVE having a retractable line so I can air dry sheets. And with COVID and living in Houston I can use the sun's UV power." —Linda Ball

    Get it from Amazon for $24.88.

    12. And a trusty handheld steamer because wrinkles are inevitable with hand-washing clothes. With this bad boy in tow, you're destined for an office-ready look in a matter of seconds. (It takes 30 to heat up.)

    Model holding steamer

    Promising review: "I'm a TV wardrobe stylist, and I do A LOT of steaming. This is, hands down, the best steamer I've ever used. It doesn't spit water out (unless you've had it upside-down with water in it), warms up very quickly, and will steam multiple garments before it needs a refill. I love that it has a button and a lock to keep it on (my last one just turned on... no button to pause the steam). The brush attachment is awesome, and pulls the fabric as you steam, which pulls the wrinkles out more quickly." —Monkaloo

    Get it from Amazon for $37.97.

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