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Lessons In Laundry & Life, From Mom | The Laundress

In the fabric of life, each thread is a lesson. And as it turns out, there’s a lot to be learned from laundry. Here, our team reflects on their moms’ most valuable tokens of wisdom.

“My mom taught me the importance of a perfectly pressed outfit. Growing up, everything was ironed, down to my ‘80’s child’ bandanas. Now that I’m a busy mom myself, I use a steamer and our Crease Release to eliminate ironing time. And, naturally, my kids’ clothes are never wrinkled!”

- Lindsey

"I have many keen memories of laundry being part of my childhood. I took on the task of ironing my dad’s hankies and undershirts when I was as little as 4—this was the early 80’s when it wasn’t odd for a small child to handle a super hot object! We also had a line in the backyard for line drying and a cute clothespin bag just for the task. I remember my mom treating stains very seriously. She’d always bring out her basin, her little bottle of special solution, and a toothbrush she reserved just for these projects. She is still perplexed as to how I ended up with a passion for laundry, but to me it makes perfect sense. I want to help everyone save their favorite things and love their laundry.”

- Gwen

“Growing up, my Mom instilled in me the importance of pretreating stains, especially before they get the chance to get set-in from the dryer. Now, as a mom of two little—and very busy!—boys, I always have a pile of clothes waiting to be pretreated before going into the wash. For that reason, I absolutely swear by our Make Messes Kit and Stain Brush... they are total Laundress must-haves in my book!”

- Lauren

“Mom taught me that you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes. I remember sneaking into her closet to try on her fancy heels and hearing them click clack on our wooden floors when she got ready for work in the morning. As soon as she put on her stilettos she looked so powerful—and she was! My mom also taught me how to iron dress shirts at a young age. I remember pressing my dad’s work shirts for the week ahead every Sunday. We didn’t have money to spend on dry cleaning and I learned early on that we didn’t have to.”

- Alycia

“We only used white sheets and towels in my house and my mother taught me to take care of them, not only so that they’d last, but also to reduce our impact on the environment. I’ve definitely carried these practices into adulthood...kind of. I’ve switched things up a bit by opting for much gentler, eco-friendly laundry products, like my go-to All-Purpose Bleach Alternative and Stain Solution!”

- Brianna

“I was taught the importance of putting away laundry properly, whether it be hanging my items or folding them. It makes finding them so much easier and keeps them ready to wear at a moment’s notice.”

- Tessa

“‘Clean as you go’ was always—and still is—my mom’s advice when cooking. It really does keep cleaning and dishwashing so much more manageable.”

- Danielle

“Growing up, my mom was adamant about making the bed every single morning. As kids, my siblings and I thought it was silly to go through the whole bed-making process only to get back in it a few hours later, but now that I’m older, I get it—and I’ve fully embraced the habit. Making my bed each morning makes me feel put-together and ready to take on the day, and there’s nothing like jumping into a crisp, well-made bed when it’s time to go to sleep. I also make it a weekly ritual to wash my bedding with a special detergent—our dreamy No.10 Laundry Detergent, which is the perfect blend of rich spices and silky musk. It gets me so excited for bedtime...which is probably a sign I’m getting old. Mom—if you’re reading this, you were right about this one!”

- Marissa

“My mom has only ever used powdered starch for linens. It's hard to find nowadays, so she used to try to stock up on them at estate sales and specialty stores whenever she could. Ever since she was introduced to the Laundress, she's fallen in love with the Stiffen Up spray and has nearly forgotten about her powdered product!”

- Anna

“My Mom always said 'if it ain’t broke don't fix it'. This applies to pretty much everything in life, including my laundry. We stick to the Signature Detergent. The classic scent and expert formula never fails. It ain’t broke, and it definitely needs no fixing!”

- Jaleesa

“Since I was about 4 or 5, my mom would have me help sort the by color and look out for delicate fabrics. Anything that was remotely delicate went into a Mesh Bag Bundle to prevent it from accidentally going into the dryer with the rest of the load. Then, I’d get to put the quarters into the washing machine for a job well done. (I’m convinced moms invented the original reward system.) Now, I’m still super particular about sorting the laundry; I use the same mesh bag trick and look forward to involving my baby when he gets older..."

- Hannah

“My mom taught me to watch out for dry cleaning because it will ruin your clothes, so I hand wash my cashmere with Wool & Cashmere Shampoo, then lay flat to dry.”

- Tracee Ellis Ross, Laundress Fan