Patric Richardson, aka the "Laundry Evangelist,” reveals his revolutionary methods for cleaning clothes—and making laundry loads more fun.
Doing laundry is rarely anyone’s favorite task. But to Patric Richardson, laundry isn't just fun—it's a way of life. After years of running Laundry Camp at the Mall of America for thousands of eager learners, he's ready to share his tips, tricks, and hacks—bringing surprise and delight to this commonly dreaded chore.
Sorting your laundry? It's not all about whites and darks. Pondering the wash cycles? Every load, even your delicates, should be washed using express or quick-wash on warm. Facing expensive dry cleaning bills? You'll learn how to wash everything—yes everything—at home. And those basically clean but smelly clothes? Richardson has a secret for freshening those too (hint: it involves vodka, not soap).
Changing your relationship with laundry can also change your life. Richardson’s handy advice shows us how to save time and money (and the planet!) with our laundry—and he intersperses it all with a healthy dose of humor, real-life laundry stories, and lessons from his Appalachian upbringing and career in fashion.
Laundry Love will make you wonder why you ever stressed about ironing, dry cleaning, or (god forbid) red wine spills on your new couch. No matter the issue, Richardson is here to help you make laundry miracles happen—wrinkles and stains be damned.
Richardson, a self-described "laundry evangelist," debuts with a cheery and thorough guide to all things laundry. Rejecting common practices of using commercial laundry detergents and dry cleaning, the author provides an eco-friendly list of cleaning essentials (such as bleach and phosphate-free products), busts laundry myths (such as that bleach whitens dingy towels), and demystifies various washing machine functions. Tips and tricks for washing clothes and stain removal at home are the main focus, including an inspired hack of washing a baseball hat in the dishwasher. The art of drying, sorting, and storing is explored as well, with different tips for shirts, sweaters, socks, and casual pants. A strong case is made for washing clothes less frequently, which Richardson says is better for both the clothes and the environment, and he also recommends doing all of one's laundry on one day every week. In addition to advice, Richardson throws in tales of laundry drama, including a highly entertaining story concerning permanent marker and a wedding dress on the bride's wedding day. Richardson's love for doing laundry is so infectious that readers just might find themselves dreading this mundane chore a bit less.