Doing laundry is a pain. But it has to be done. So if we're going to spend our precious time washing clothes, we may as well do it properly. Enter Cheryl Mendelson, who recently published a second book on cleaning house (who knew there was so much to say?). Laundry: The Home Comforts Book of Caring for Clothes and Linens is proof that there is more than meets the eye with this non-negotiable household task.

Mendelson's detailed instructions and smart advice have us thinking about laundry in a fresh way. No longer is it as simple as separating dark clothing from light clothing. Turns out there's a lot we didn't know!

If you're someone who considers doing the family's laundry a drudgerous responsibility, perhaps your practice simply needs some freshening up. Follow our nine tips, and make doing the laundry worth your time.

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