On the HSN video he dissolves it in a tub full of water. Real washing machines are filled with clothes that absorb the water. Most don’t have a bunch of standing water enough to dissolve something like this.
In the video, they never show a stain that’s dried, it’s always fresh. Also in vid Amos says 1 sheet = for small load, 2 for large and 3 sheets for extra large. So if your like me most of my laundry loads are large so that’s only 60 loads per 120ct pack provide I don’t use any to pretreat. I may still buy them for our e-prep kit. They will pack easy and that summer breeze scent might keep the bears away when in the woods.
@Bandrik@craigthom@Kyeh@OnionSoup And the so-called-liquid ones will gunk up the washing machine while building a breeding ground for mold and a foul odor. That bottle of Downy may look benign with all of its bunnies and sunshine, but it is evil.
@lwmctz Laundry advice:
Take the amount of soap/detergent recommended and halve it. More is definitely not better. Pre-treat stains or heavily soiled areas with an enzyme pre-wash or soap, but don’t add more soap to the washer. Add a half-cup of white vinegar to the fabric softener holder instead of fabric softener. (No, the vinegar will not leave a smell.) Ignore the “cotton” or “high” settings on the dryer. Clothes do not need to be baked dry. Only use low heat or no heat settings because tumbling in warm air dries clothes just fine. (I have 3-year-old fleece pants that still have a soft/un-pilled lining because I tumble dry them in barely warm air.) Cooler air means less static, but wool dryer balls or balled aluminum foil will cut out some more. Synthetics will still cause some static cling, but a shorter (or “less dry”) drying cycle will cut that down. Static will go away, but the fabric softener in the cloth stays.
TLDR: Use less. Less soap, cooler wash, shorter/cooler dry, fewer smelly additives.
@Bandrik@craigthom@OnionSoup@rockblossom Agreed, it’s evil stuff. And I can’t even stand smelling it on other people’s clothes - there’s just some kind of pungent nasty quality about it. Occasionally I want to overpower a smell in my washed laundry, like when sheets still have a musty smell, and I’ve found that just putting a single drop of lavender essential oil on the corner of one wet item will scent the whole load in the dryer without being obnoxiously stinky.
Once again, Woo-- er, Meh brings to my attention and informs me of a product that I didn’t even know existed, and simultaneously makes me realize the likely reason of why I’ve never heard of it before. Thanks, meh…?
indeed i do have to use a laundromat. a long time ago i lived in an apartment without laundry and had to cram all our clothes into an old lady grocery cart type deal and wheel it around the block to this tiny laundromat that had few machines, no folding tables, took quarters, and did not have employees. if something went wrong, you were screwed. if somebody creepy came in, you just hoped nothing would happen. on more than one occasion someone must have burst a pen in the dryer before me and our clothes came out with ink spots. a couple times none of the dryers worked so you had to lug home soaking wet laundry on foot and then re-wash it all the next day. it was miserable and i vowed never to live somewhere without laundry at least on the premises ever again.
fast forward some ten years and several apartments and i had kept my promise. but then, life had other ideas and when we moved in here we didn’t have a lot of choice in the matter.
but, although having to go to a laundromat still royally sucks, things are different now. for one, i have a car to transport the laundry. that alone makes a world of difference. also, the laundromat i go to here is actually really nice. there’s tons of machines, it’s fully staffed, and they keep it immaculate throughout the day. i can do all the laundry simultaneously as well as comfortably fold it all, two things i wouldn’t be able to do at home. and it’s a card system now so you don’t need quarters or even cash. once my laundry hits the dryer i set a timer on my phone and make a quick trip home to hang up the wet stuff and then return to sit in my car and listen to the news and eat breakfast or whatever until it’s done. there are worse things in the world.
oh, and i use All brand laundry pods. way easier to manage than bottles of detergent. it’s important to toss them in the very back of the drum before you put laundry in. they work great. i buy a big jar and just bring a handful in a ziploc bag. switched from the tide ones which suck - too many instances where they didn’t break open at all, or whatever the purple bit is stained a piece of clothing and the plastic exterior got basically melted onto the laundry.
I feel the same way about laundry. Laundromat is A-OK because you can do all the clothes at one time instead of serially. One trip to the laundromat for 2-3 hours or ten loads of laundry during the week that take up more of my attention? It’s more expensive though, so I am indifferent overall.
@robin0575 yes! the price is a really good point - i probably spend ~$25 each time i do laundry. whereas if we had a w/d in our apartment the cost would be $0 because heat and water are already rolled into our rent. (well, ok, we do pay an electric bill so there would be a little cost there i suppose.)
@jerk_nugget@robin0575 2 to 3 hours?!? What antiquated laundromat are you going to? The new “green” machines take 30 mins to wash. About 30 mins to dry. I barely have time to go to the local bar for a beer…
@goldnectar can’t speak for robin, but at my laundromat it takes 30mins to wash, and 40-50mins to dry. (lesser time for clothes, more for towels/blankets. i also only ever dry on medium at the laundromat - the “high” setting may take less time but it also fries clothes and is too hot to fold comfortably immediately after.)
however, it also takes time to drive to and from the laundromat, it takes time to load and unload the machines, and it takes me a good chunk of time to fold roughly five or so loads of laundry as well. so i definitely spend a minimum of 2 hours “doing laundry.” (eta: and this does not include the time i take to sort the laundry the day or night before going to the laundromat.)
15 minutes loading and yelling at the kids to get their clothes in the car,10 minutes driving (5 each way) 30 minutes wash, 20-30 minutes dry, 10 minutes getting stuff into washers, 10 minutes trying to find the kids so they can put their stuff in the dryers, 20 minutes getting stuff from washers to dryers and pulling out all the things that can’t handle laundromat dryers, and the rest of the time folding clothes and arguing with the kids to get them to put down their phone and fold faster. About 15 minutes at home to unload and put away, or less maybe, if it’s well organized.
At home though - the washer takes 45 minutes, the dryer takes 45 minutes, and it can’t all be done in one day, has to be maintained throughout the week. It’s not bad, I just liked the feeling of having it DONE and then not thinking about it the rest of the week.
And I like the high folding tables, no bending down to fold anything.