There’s a Seinfeld episode in which George ponders buying enough clothes so he can always have a clean outfit, yet wash his laundry only once a year. Using this as inspiration, I’m developing a system to achieve the more modest goal of twice-a-year laundering, which I believe will be award-winning.
This saves lots of time and money, and in addition, if you air-dry your laundry, you can shave even more dollars off your utility bill. For years I’ve been stringing a line between the metal posts of my patio for hanging laundry.Running clothes, which are a very needy segment of the laundry population, deserve special attention.
Though running on a hot day can leave a T-shirt soaked with sweat, I’ve found it can be worn a few times before starting to smell. And even then, since I often run alone, I can continue wearing the same odoriferous shirt without offending anyone. Most longtime runners, after years of entering races, have enough shirts to easily go six months without washing.
Here are important strategies to follow if you want to be a laundry superstar:
- Don’t wear a coat when it rains. Getting your clothes soaked is just like washing them.
- If any item starts to really smell, store it overnight in an empty pizza box. Your clothing will smell like pizza, and who doesn’t like the smell of pizza?
- When showering or taking a bath, you can clean soiled underwear or socks just by using them as a wash cloth.
- On rainy days, get your clothes washed by laying them out in the yard. Phosphorous, an important ingredient in detergent, is commonly discharged into the air by industry. Combined with rain, it gives your clothes an effective acid wash.
- On warm summer days, choose the no-clothing option. Your friends’ shock will change to admiration when you explain how you’re conserving our planet’s precious resources.