Don’t we all want soft, clean, great-smelling laundry—clothes with no traces of stains or yellowing?  Mary has some great resources to help you wash your clothes and bedding at a reasonable cost.  Also, learn how to minimize the impact on your health and the environment. Read on for some great ideas. Get your washing done –  cheaper, better, and faster!

From economical ways to approach your wash, such as, How to Wash a Down Comforter to How to Use the Right Amount of Laundry Detergent, to How to Get Yellow Stained Bed Pillows White Again, you’ll be grateful for this practical, economical information.

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