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Laundry isn’t just a household chore — it’s really a skill. If you’re truly serious about taking care of your clothes and making them last as long as possible, it involves a lot more than just tossing them in the wash and hoping for the best. Since you’re here, I’m guessing you’re not that kind of person anyway: You probably have your own habits and preferences about laundry, from how you sort your clothes to what detergent you use, or a favorite cycle setting, perhaps. There are way more decisions to be made in the laundry room than you’d think, but who has the time to research all of that?
Well, I do take laundry pretty seriously; my clothes are quite meaningful and sentimental to me, and I want to get my money’s worth. I also want to be as environmentally friendly as possible. So for all of these reasons, I don’t let anyone else touch my laundry (not that anyone in my life is clamoring to do so anyway, but I digress). And depending on your lifestyle — like if you wear a uniform, if you have a large family, or if you like to work out — you’ll require different habits and products to keep your clothes looking new, smelling great, and lasting a long time. Here, we’ve rounded up some accessories that will assist you on your journey to becoming a wash and dry dilettante. We can’t all be laundry experts, but these are a few tricks of the trade you should definitely be familiar with.