As part of my attempts at looking like a grown up, I’ve been updating my wardrobe from wearing sweatshirts to wearing sweaters. This was great until I realized two things:
- That washing sweaters in the washing machine can, at worst, destroy them. Or at best, increase their rate of wear and tear.
- 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…
Lingerie bags! They exist! Instead of doing multiple loads of laundry, I separate incompatible articles of clothing and bras into different bags. In my opinion, the best bags are the ones made of the smoothest material and have a lip of fabric over the zipper. That way the zipper on the bag can’t rub against anything else in the load. After the washer does its job, you can lay the bags over your normal drying rack to support the sweaters as they dry.
No more stretched out twisted bra straps, no more ruined sweaters, no more giant pile of hand-washing I will never do, and fewer loads of laundry!