Betty's Book of Laundry Secrets

Betty's Book of Laundry Secrets

by Betty Faust, Maria Rodale


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Betty is a lifesaver when it comes to laundry. She believes that simple products, such as a bar of Ivory soap and a scrub brush, and low-tech approaches, such as soaking a stain before you wash, are the secrets to getting clothes clean and keep them looking new. Betty's old-fashioned methods and sex decades of washing experience make for a fun modern-day laundry room manual.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780875969336
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 08/01/2001
Edition description: REV
Pages: 127
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.34(d)

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Chapter One


Stock up on these supplies,
and doing laundry will be a breeze.

    ··Bar of Ivory soap

    ··Powdered detergent

··Assorted plastic buckets for
   soaking clothes

··Scrub brush with plastic bristles

··Woolite or other mild
   liquid detergent

··Color-safe bleach

··Liquid fabric softener

··Cider vinegar

··Low-sided laundry baskets (they
   make it easy to load and unload
   clothes from the washer and dryer)

··Wooden clothespins

··Plastic-coated clothesline

··Plastic hangers

··Wire fold-out drying rack (wood
   gets warped and mildewed),
   unless you have a big backyard
   to fill with clotheslines

··Good-quality steam iron (unless, of course,
   you're aiming for the wrinkled look)

··Sturdy ironing board with a cotton cover

··Spray starch in spray bottle

··Scissors for clippingoff threads
   and price tags

··Piggy bank or jar for collecting
   loose change

··Trash can for lint and assorted trash from

Laundromat goers will also need:

    ··Lots of quarters

··Novels, magazines, and Betty's Book of
   Laundry Secrets to read during wash and
   dry cycles

Table of Contents

Introducing Betty

Stocking Up: Some basic supplies to make the job easier

Sorting Clothes: What piles to make for the best results

Removing Stains: A bar of Ivory soap for everything

Soaking clothes: The lost art of soaking and how it can make your life easier

Machine Washing: It's as easy as 1, 2, 3

Washing Delicates: How not to shrink a sweater

Dry & Wet Cleaning: When to follow – and when to ignore – those garment care labels

Drying Clothes: It's always best on the line

Ironing Clothes: Secrets to wrinkle-free living

Folding Laundry: A complete guide for those of us who haven't worked in a Gap

Betty's Pumpkin Pie: The ultimate Thanksgiving stain-maker

Epilogue: Hard work makes you healthy

Green Laundry Products


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Betty's Book of Laundry Secrets 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Betty is a GODDESS when it comes to laundry. I had no clue what I was doing, and following this manual I've managed to keep all my clothes looking great. The techniques are simple, clear, and easy to follow. For any student going away to school, I would say this book ranks up there with Strunk & White's Elements of Style when it comes to books that all students should bring with them.