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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.

Olivia Bowman

Commerce Editorial Intern

Olivia is an editorial intern on the commerce team at Apartment Therapy. When she’s not writing, she’s probably re-watching The West Wing, reading her horoscope, or researching skincare products. She is a proud University of Oregon alumna and firmly believes that seltzer water is part of a balanced diet.

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