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Laundry With Tati

How do you feel about chores? Maybe you have maid service and don't do any? I don't think I could ever have a maid but never say never. But the thought of a stranger cleaning my fridge, bathroom, changing my sheets, doing my laundry and putting it away freaks me out a bit.
I'm rather particular about my cleaning and want it done a certain way. When I stay in hotels I do not let the maid in, ever. If I need towels and sheets I go and ask for whatever item I need and take care of the cleaning myself. I don't like people I don't know touching my things.
So today I did a few loads......lucky you, it's laundry with Tati time!

First of all, you need a clean washer and dryer. If you have a washer and dryer at home that is. If you don't and use public laundromats it's not easy to know how clean the place is.
When I used to do my laundry in laundromats I would always take a quick whiff of the washer machine before throwing my clothes inside. If it ever smelled bad I would pick a different machine. Laundromats are kind of gross I think but I have used them plenty of times, sometimes you just don't have a choice.
When I lived in Anchorage I did not have a washer and dryer in my apartment for example.
Anyhow, so if you DO have said appliances at home - make sure they are clean. It doesn't make sense to try to get something cleaned in a crusty washer machine full of hair, crumbs and sticky residue. Then pick some good detergent and fabric softener. I have used Mrs. Meyer's detergents since January. I used to make my own softener by mixing water with white vinegar, baking soda and lemongrass essential oil. But lately I have been using Seventh Generation. Sometimes a mix of part of Seventh Generation softener and my own home made softener concoction. Read up about softeners like Downy, they are supposedly full of toxins. Try to get "good" products if you can. Well, that's my advice. If you simply don't care then that's fine too I guess. Just don't poison your kids with that stuff, if you have kids that is. Keep the pets in mind too.
So......this is how I do my laundry. I wash all my clothes, except socks and underwear, in cold water. Socks and underwear share a load and are always washed in hot water. Towels, sheets and pillowcases share a load and are always washed in hot water too. All my other clothes like shirts, leggings, jeans, hoodies etc are washed in cold water. Occasionally I hand wash a delicate item like a shirt. My lingerie for work gets hand washed and hung to try. I hang dry most of my clothing. I do put in certain items in the dryer for air fluff then hang to dry.
Towels and bedding and some socks (not all) go in the dryer. After a load of socks and underwear I always run an empty load with hot water and bleach or hot water and vinegar and baking soda. Always. And I don't mix certain items. Like underwear and towels. No. Jeans and shirts almost always a no but jeans and hoodies can mix. Bathroom rugs and rugs in general (if you wash those at home) never mix with other articles. I once visited a friend, without asking she decided to wash my brand new hoodie that was clean too I should add. She stuffed it into a washer full of other dirty stuff like a hallway rug!
I was like, "WTF!!!!!?" So gross! Anyhow, that was laundry with Tati my friends!

Oh and I don't iron. If you hang dry you don't have to. Ironing seems like the biggest waste of time. But then again, I don't work in an office type setting where perhaps you have to show up wearing ironed shirts and slacks.


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