Laundry: The Home Comforts Book of Caring for Clothes and Linens Hardcover – Oct 4 2005
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About the Author
Cheryl Mendelson is a Harvard Law School graduate, a sometime philosophy professor, a novelist (Morningside Heights and Love, Work, Children), and a homemaker by choice. Born into a rural family in Greene County, Pennsylvania, she now lives in New York City with her husband and son.
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If you already have "Home Comforts", you don't need to buy "Laundry"; and if you don't have "Home Comforts", you need to buy it. But I see little reason to buy "Laundry". I am returning my copy.
The only things I'd love to see improved are an improved understanding of all the types of cloth diapers out there and how they can laundered and still remain clean, a more detailed as the typical feel of certain materials particularly as they apply to clothing, a comprehensive section on "green" laundering, and the biggest thing-tips on how to get caught quickly without compromising the quality of the work. Also tips on how to pack clothes to keep them well maintained both for the winter/summer change overs and for moving.
Unlike other reviewers I found this book to be essential in addition to Home Comforts because it does have some more information but more so because it is organized in a way that is quick to go through when I'm right in the middle of sorting or going to head out and pick up some dish towels. Also the science of laundry section really helped bring home the facts of laundry in a way that I felt the Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House didn't have time to get into.
Even if you're not a domestic diva this book is a great way to improve the quality of your clothes, save money by keep what you have in good order, as well helping you make the best purchases when you're out (after all how can you call saving money if you spend $5 on something that will last two years and look bad in one as oppose to spending $20 on something that will last ten years and look good the whole time). Penny pinchers, the fashion divas, and domestic queens will all find this book vital (despite the feminine pronouns it's a must for men too).