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6 Common Laundry Myths, Debunked

With the help of our friends at Steele Canvas—makers of durable, high-quality canvas baskets—we’re tackling all things laundry. Here, we’re debunking some of the most common laundry myths, from freezing jeans to separating lights and darks.

For such…

With the help of our friends at Steele Canvas—makers of durable, high-quality canvas baskets—we’re tackling all things laundry. Here, we’re debunking some of the most common laundry myths, from freezing jeans to separating lights and darks.


For such a common household task, doing the laundry the right way can be unexpectedly confusing. From deciphering garments’ hard-to-decode care tags to concocting homemade stain-removal solutions, it can feel like everyone uses their own set of rules for cleaning—and maintaining—their clothes and home textiles. To demystify this seemingly simple chore, we’re coming clean about six of the most common and pervasive laundry myths.

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The Bin That Saved My Laundry Routine

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Steele Canvas—makers of durable, high-quality canvas baskets—to tackle all things laundry. Here, we’re highlighting one of our editor’s favorite products: The Canvas Elevated Truck.

Until recently, my laundry bin …

We’ve teamed up with our friends at Steele Canvas—makers of durable, high-quality canvas baskets—to tackle all things laundry. Here, we’re highlighting one of our editor’s favorite products: The Canvas Elevated Truck.


Until recently, my laundry bin was nothing more than a perforated garbage can. A lifeless shade of white plastic, it was the first thing I’d stuff in the closet whenever someone visited my room. Its holes weren’t doing me any favors either: Every morning I’d awake to a front-row view of smelly socks and mustard-stained shirts. And of course, because the bin was so small, it only took a few days’ worth of laundry before a new, record-breaking, clothes-based mountain emerged in the corner of my room. To escape laundry-bin rock bottom, I knew I needed nothing short of a miracle.

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9 Things That Should Never (Ever) Go in the Washer & Dryer

When considering which items can and should be put in the washer and dryer, there are two parts to the equation. First, knowing how to properly care for your clothes and home textiles: It’s one of the most important parts of preserving their quality an…

When considering which items can and should be put in the washer and dryer, there are two parts to the equation. First, knowing how to properly care for your clothes and home textiles: It’s one of the most important parts of preserving their quality and extending their lifespans, allowing you to also reduce unnecessary waste and overconsumption in the process. Second, putting the wrong items in washing machines and dryers can cause damage to the appliances themselves, resulting in costly repairs or replacements.

This list serves as a general primer on items to avoid, but it’s not exhaustive, and there are always exceptions. So, when in doubt, always consult the care tag of the item you’re planning on washing. (Pro tip from our Managing Editor Erin Alexander’s mom: Print out a guide to all the little symbols that appear on care tags, and keep it near your washing machine—that way, it’s always a breeze to double check if an item is washer- or dryer-safe.)

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These On-Sale Dryer Balls Can Cut Your Drying Time in Half

For those who rely on disposable dryer sheets to reduce the static cling when tumbling clothes, dryer balls might feel like an unnecessary accessory to add to your laundry routine. The truth of the matter? These small, hard-working wool balls should re…

For those who rely on disposable dryer sheets to reduce the static cling when tumbling clothes, dryer balls might feel like an unnecessary accessory to add to your laundry routine. The truth of the matter? These small, hard-working wool balls should replace those tired dryer sheets altogether.

When you throw a dryer sheet in with your clothes post-wash, it removes static cling from your drying clothes and provides an additional hint of a fresh, detergent-like scent. While both of those things are ideal (who doesn't love fresh-smelling, lint-free laundry?), over time, the sheets can create a residue buildup in your machine's lint catcher, which can increase your risk of a dryer fire. This residue comes from the chemicals and compounds that are often present in dryer sheets—the same additives that bring a fresh scent, softened texture, and cling-free clothes.

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The Viral Couch-Cleaning Hack That Actually Works (We Tried It)

Social media is full of “life hacks” designed to make everyday tasks quicker and easier, and as someone who truly dislikes cleaning, I love finding ways to keep my home tidy and sanitary with minimal effort. So when I stumbled across a viral TikTok vid…

Social media is full of “life hacks” designed to make everyday tasks quicker and easier, and as someone who truly dislikes cleaning, I love finding ways to keep my home tidy and sanitary with minimal effort. So when I stumbled across a viral TikTok video featuring a cool couch-cleaning technique, I was definitely intrigued.

This cleaning method is unconventional, relying on a laundry detergent pod and pan lid, of all things. The video has racked up more than 3 million likes—but is it effective? I tested it on my own couch to find out.

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What to Do With Vodka This Month, According to Martha Stewart

We’re less than halfway through Dry January, and if you’re participating (or perhaps giving “Damp January” a try), you may be wondering what to do with all the booze sitting in your liquor cabinet until the 31st. Tito’s Vodka has the answer—according t…

We’re less than halfway through Dry January, and if you're participating (or perhaps giving “Damp January" a try), you may be wondering what to do with all the booze sitting in your liquor cabinet until the 31st. Tito’s Vodka has the answer—according to the brand, there’s a multitude of ways to use their vodka without actually drinking it, and they’ve recruited none other than lifestyle icon Martha Stewart to help spread the word.

The new Tito’s campaign, made in collaboration with Arts & Letters Creative Co., features the TV personality and entrepreneur using vodka to deodorize smelly shoes, make pasta sauce, clean grimy surfaces, and even extend the lifespan of a flower bouquet.

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How to Use a Clothes Steamer Properly, According to the Pros

If you need to de-wrinkle a dress shirt but don’t feel like breaking out your ironing board, a garment steamer can get the job done just as well… if you know the right way to use it. Clothing steamers use hot steam—typically 200 degrees or more—to smoo…

If you need to de-wrinkle a dress shirt but don’t feel like breaking out your ironing board, a garment steamer can get the job done just as well… if you know the right way to use it. Clothing steamers use hot steam—typically 200 degrees or more—to smooth out fabric and release wrinkles, and many people find them easier to use than irons, as there’s less risk of scorching your favorite clothes.

However, the best clothes steamers are only effective if you use them properly. If you don’t, you may end up with water splatter everywhere and just as many wrinkles as you started with. To ensure you get professional-grade results with your new garment steamer, we asked laundry experts Jonathon Reckles of CD One Price Cleaners and Alicia Sokolowski, president and co-CEO of AspenClean, for their best clothes steaming tips—here’s what they had to say.

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5 Laundry Mistakes You Didn’t Realize You Were Making

I don’t claim to be a laundry expert, but I think at this point in my life I mostly have the chore figured out… right? Maybe not. The other day I was lamenting that one of my shirts came out of the washing machine with a snag in it, and my mom asked if…

I don’t claim to be a laundry expert, but I think at this point in my life I mostly have the chore figured out… right? Maybe not. The other day I was lamenting that one of my shirts came out of the washing machine with a snag in it, and my mom asked if I left any zippers undone. It turns out you’re supposed to close any zippers before putting clothing in the wash—otherwise, the metal teeth can grab onto other fabrics. Maybe it’s just a common sense thing, but I truly never thought of it.

The whole situation got me thinking: What other laundry mistakes am I making? I reached out to a few experts to ask what laundry mistakes they often see most often, and it turns out there are quite a few things that I didn’t know about.

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This Trick to Removing Grease Stains Is Also the Simplest

Sometimes I feel like I can’t have nice things. Because in a world of nice things, there is also burger grease.

Take, for example, the cautionary tale of my favorite jumpsuit. I loved it, but it was too big for me and had languished, unworn, in my clo…

Sometimes I feel like I can’t have nice things. Because in a world of nice things, there is also burger grease.

Take, for example, the cautionary tale of my favorite jumpsuit. I loved it, but it was too big for me and had languished, unworn, in my closet for more than a year. One day, inspired to invest in what I had rather than buying new things, I splurged: I took my jumpsuit to an old-school tailor in New York. I watched as he expertly pinned it to fit me just so, paid 50 percent upfront, and went home to await his call.

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Do You *Really* Need to Sort Your Laundry?

My mother taught me to do laundry when I was an early teenager, and a big part of her lesson was how to sort clothing. To this day, she has a thorough sorting routine—she separates her loads of laundry into whites, colors, underwear, jeans, even my dad…

My mother taught me to do laundry when I was an early teenager, and a big part of her lesson was how to sort clothing. To this day, she has a thorough sorting routine—she separates her loads of laundry into whites, colors, underwear, jeans, even my dad’s work clothing, which tends to get really dirty and merits its own cycle. Towels also get their own load, as do sheets and other bedding.

That was how I was taught to do laundry, and for the past 20 years, that was exactly how I did it every two weeks—or however long it took for me to run out of socks. However, this is the part where I tell you that I really don’t like doing laundry, in large part due to the aforementioned sorting. So when my partner and I moved into our house together and started sharing a laundry basket, he took over the chore, and I happily let him.

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