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Changing my underwear: how merino undies got me to change teams after 20 years of wearing Jockeys

A random piece of TMI you should know about me: I have been wearing the same underwear since 1991. No, not the same pairs, but the same style — a very basic black cotton string bikini from Jockey. They're practical but a little flirty, functional and easy to order in bulk. They have been on my butt since I was in high school, and mostly I just don't really think about them at all. But after two decades, I've finally changed teams. I've got new underwear, inspired by literature and mildew. Lemme explain…

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How do I recycle greywater in the winter?

Due to some boring logistics, we will probably end up placing the washing machine in the garage. The problem is that there is no drain there, and it's cost prohibitive to install one right now. Our solution is to recycle the greywater from the wash. In the summer we will use it to water the lawn. However, in the winter the temperature drops below freezing, and we don't really need an ice skating rink in our back yard. What ideas do you have for recycling greywater in the winter?

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Use lingerie bags for washing delicates AND sweaters

I hate washing things by hand. In addition to sweaters, I think that other delicate clothing/unmentionables last longer if you wash them by hand. My first victory was moving somewhere with a washing machine that has a delicate cycle. But I was still doing multiple loads of delicate laundry since bra hooks and knit sweaters do not mix! The next victory was what I like to call a "baskets moment" or in my case, a "bags moment." For people who apparently live under rocks like I do…

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How I learned to stop lamenting my life without convenient washers

It's been years since I've lived in a place with a dishwasher or laundry machines. Sometimes it's frustrating to find many well-meaning cleaning and organization tips or checklists offered up online that assume I have these easily available for my personal use. It's taken me a while to figure out how to better manage my washer-less life rather than just lament it. Here are some things that I've found work for me…

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Laundry tips and tricks for pitted out shirts

I've been wearing some of my favorite basic cotton tops regularly for a few seasons. Overall they're in great shape, no holes or stains, but they're starting to get a little funky, and not in the Disco Stu kind of way. The problem is that they fit so close under my arm pits that they're becoming discolored and musky. I've tried cleaning the area with vinegar and stain removers, but it hasn't taken away the smell. Do my fellow Homies have any laundry tips and tricks dedicated to the pits?