Lifestyle 28 August 2020
If anyone says that they actually like doing laundry, then they're either lying or a bit mad. All the sorting, washing, waiting, ironing and folding is no one's idea of a good time. Still, unless you're constantly buying new clothes instead of washing them (terribly wasteful idea), then you'll just have to grin and bear the laundry process and handle it as best you can. Luckily, however, there are some pretty useful tips that will actually speed up doing laundry and make the entire experience a little less painful.
- Unbutton any shirts with a button to avoid stretching the fabric around the hole
- Put bras in a special wash bag to avoid the clasps snagging onto other pieces of delicate clothing. Also, zip up jeans and jackets before washing them for the same reason.
- Separate colored and white items before washing to avoid the lighter things turning a strange shade. Some clothing can "bleed" in the wash when the dye mixes with the water and this can affect your brand new white T-shirt, for example.
- Delicate materials like wool and silk require their own wash cycles because they often can't be washed on the same speed and temperature as cotton items, for instance. Wool and silk are better with a cold, slow wash, and can be shrunk or stretched if washed on a higher setting.
- Have your detergent prepared first. Make sure you've got enough powder or liquid detergent before starting the wash, otherwise all that effort will be for nothing! You could try using pre-measured laundry pods (can be called caps or discs) to make the laundry process much quicker.
- It's always best to attend to stains as soon as they happen, as it's much harder to remove something when it's been sitting on your garment for several days. Here's a list of household items that are great at removing food and drink stains. If you can, pre-treat the stain and then wash afterward if you really want to get rid of the stain.
- Check the label on your garments before washing, as these will tell you how to wash, iron, and even dry them. The labels are made by the manufacturers, so they know best!
As you can see, laundry can be so much faster if you plan a bit beforehand and know exactly what you're doing from the get-go. Even if you're not lucky enough to have a washing machine in your home, the same tips still apply to getting your laundry done at a laundromat (but wear a mask and take more caution when using the machines). Of course, some companies even offer to pick up and drop off your laundry for a fee, but sometimes it's good to learn these chores yourself and also ensure that no one else ruins your clothes by mistake. Who knows? Maybe you'll grow to love doing laundry one day… but we can't imagine that day will ever come.
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Help! My Friend Is a No Show
Dear Armchair Psychologist,
I have a friend who doesn't reply to my messages about meeting for dinner, etc. Although, last week I ran into her at a local restaurant of mine, it has always been awkward to be friends with her. Should I continue our friendship or discontinue it? We've been friends for a total four years and nothing has changed. I don't feel as comfortable with her as my other close friends, and I don't think I'll ever be able to reach that comfort zone in pure friendship.
Dear Sadsies,I am sorry to hear you've been neglected by your friend. You may already have the answer to your question, since you're evaluating the non-existing bond between yourself and your friend. However, I'll gladly affirm to you that a friendship that isn't reciprocated is not a good friendship.
I have had a similar situation with a friend whom I'd grown up with but who was also consistently a very negative person, a true Debby Downer. One day, I just had enough of her criticism and vitriol. I stopped making excuses for her and dumped her. It was a great decision and I haven't looked back. With that in mind, it could be possible that something has changed in your friend's life, but it's insignificant if she isn't responding to you. It's time to dump her and spend your energy where it's appreciated. Don't dwell on this friend. History is not enough to create a lasting bond, it only means just that—you and your friend have history—so let her be history!
- The Armchair Psychologist