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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 to this commonly dreaded chore. Facing expensive dry cleaning bills? You'll learn how to wash everyth 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 to this commonly dreaded chore. 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). 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.


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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 to this commonly dreaded chore. Facing expensive dry cleaning bills? You'll learn how to wash everyth 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 to this commonly dreaded chore. 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). 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.

30 review for Laundry Love: Finding Joy in a Common Chore

  1. 4 out of 5

    JanB

    If you had told me I’d read a book about laundry and find it so delightful I’d give it 5 stars, I never would have believed you. It’s not exactly an enthralling subject, or chore (although it does give me more time to listen to my audiobooks). But when it came recommended by Anne Bogel of the blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, I decided to take a chance. I’m so glad I did! The author has a degree in Fashion Merchandising, is the owner of the vintage clothing boutique, Mona Williams, in the Mall of America, If you had told me I’d read a book about laundry and find it so delightful I’d give it 5 stars, I never would have believed you. It’s not exactly an enthralling subject, or chore (although it does give me more time to listen to my audiobooks). But when it came recommended by Anne Bogel of the blog, Modern Mrs. Darcy, I decided to take a chance. I’m so glad I did! The author has a degree in Fashion Merchandising, is the owner of the vintage clothing boutique, Mona Williams, in the Mall of America, where he holds "Laundry Camps", and is the star of The Laundry Guy on Discovery Plus. He also has a website complete with videos on Laundry Evangelist.com. In other words, this guy knows his stuff. The joy in the title refers to how he views taking care of laundry and clothing as a way of showing love to those you care about. The book is part memoir, as the author charmingly shares stories about his life and the women in his life, specifically his mother and granny, who were his greatest influences. I loved that he shares humorous anecdotes along with tips and tricks. This is not a dry how-to book! This was a book I didn’t know I needed. At 208 pages it‘s a quick read. I highly recommend the audio as it’s expertly and humorously narrated by the author himself in his gentle and charming southern accent (he was born and raised in KY). I listened to it in one day, and immediately bought a hard copy for my keeper shelf. I may not find complete joy in doing laundry but it has made me look at the chore with new eyes. I can nerd out over stuff like this. I love learning new things especially if it's presented with humor. Oh…and I found out after years of doing countless loads of laundry and sending items out to the dry cleaners, that I have been doing much of it WRONG! And I’m willing to bet so are you. To find out more you will just have to read the book 😊

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Though I acknowledge that I’m coming from a place of laundry privilege, as I don’t have a large and particularly laundry-demanding household - I think laundry is The Best!! It’s my personal equivalent of a dog’s “Squirrel!” Hasn’t unfettered access to laundry been one of the meager highlights of Our Quarantine Year? One of the reasons I love laundry soooo much is because it’s an unparalleled procrastination mechanism! Like many people, I have two sides to my job: the part where I actually DO my Though I acknowledge that I’m coming from a place of laundry privilege, as I don’t have a large and particularly laundry-demanding household - I think laundry is The Best!! It’s my personal equivalent of a dog’s “Squirrel!” Hasn’t unfettered access to laundry been one of the meager highlights of Our Quarantine Year? One of the reasons I love laundry soooo much is because it’s an unparalleled procrastination mechanism! Like many people, I have two sides to my job: the part where I actually DO my job, and then this other demotivating part where I have to write dry documents (that need to exist, but that no one will likely EVER read) describing either what I already did or will later plan do at my job. (I think there are actually quite a few jobs like this!) Now, I actually kind of hate writing: I once earned a degree in writing that, if any joy in writing ever threatened to sully my soul, that degree program just repeatedly Oxy-Cleaned the hell right out of it, and that stain has since been scoured away forevermore! And it’s not pretty to watch me try to put words to paper: it’s definitely akin to the scene in Alien where the baby xenomorph hatches from poor John Hurt’s chest, and nobody needs to see that, and - oh hey, look, the laundry hamper has acccumulated enough stretchy home desk pants to make a load!! So, given the joy with which laundry has imbued my life - cutting through the static and rendering it softer and more fragrant through the unrelenting turbulence of these times! - OF COURSE I needed to read this book immediately upon its release! And I listened to it on audio, while doing laundry, OF COURSE! The author seems like a truly lovely individual, one of those brainy, witty mavens you fantasize about being best friends with, and it was nice to enjoy a sense of camaraderie around our shared laundry passion and to learn about his lifelong journey to textile expertise. This is one of the three main reasons to read this book. The second main reason is that the book contains a fairly exhaustive list of instructions to effectively annihilate any stain, including Stains of the Modern Era, such as Avocado, Açaí, Turmeric, and Kombucha! You could crash your car into a smoothie shop, or even get lost in the dark in the Candy Land board game map, and this book would help you obliterate all traces later. (Side note: Even in the Internet era, having the right household manuals on hand can be life-changing. I have a well-thumbed copy of The House Plant Expert, by D.G. Hessayon, and even though I believe he is well into his 90s, lives in England, avoids publicity to a Pynchon-like degree, and I’m also currently in a relationship, I would definitely still marry him immediately if I had a chance, because all my little plant babies are thriving thanks to him!) The third reason to read this book is that it’s a virtual Wonka factory of whimsical laundry info! (And again, if you fell into the chocolate river while wearing your favorite hoodie, this book would come to your aid!) Here are some sample tidbits: -You could buy a whole bunch of cheap vodka at the ABC store, if you wanted, and tell them it’s For Laundry! And it totally could be! Turns out vodka is like the Duck Tape of laundry! -You can wash your baseball caps in the dishwasher! I will never, ever do that, but it’s sure fun to picture! -You can WASH AN ACTUAL ENTIRE WOOL SUIT. LIKE, IN YOUR WASHING MACHINE. Seriously, I can’t get over this. I’m pretty sure if I tried, it would turn out looking like something the cat puked up, but apparently it’s possible! I find this so amazing that even though I hate talking to absolutely anyone, I want to run up to random people in the streets and pull on their sleeves and tell them all about it! I’m not looking to pick up anyone in a bar or anything, ever, at all - but if I were, I think I’d use this suit washing thing as my pick-up line, and maybe someone might even instantly fall in love with me, at least if they knew what was really good for them! Of course, just as there are always a few unfortunate items lingering unpleasantly at the bottom of your laundry heap, like those frustrating single socks and those Spandex workout capris from 2007 that you might “still need for something someday” - there are also reasons you might not want to read, or might not enjoy reading, this book. The main reason is that: **Everything you think you know about how to do laundry is actually wrong!** He gets into this right out of the gate! - never mind the rest of it: you’re even SORTING it wrong! It takes your breath away, and you never quite recover from there! Your fundamental understanding of All Things Laundry is flawed at best and wholly incorrect at worst, even at its most basic, Kindergarten levels! Your laundry technique doesn’t need a mere “glow up”; it needs extreme plastic surgery! Granted, the author provides a robust tutorial in how exactly to revamp your laundry routine in a manner he argues will be healthier for your clothes, your home, your wallet, and for the well-being of yourself, others, and The World! Nonetheless, the warning bears repeating: to enjoy this book, you must be able to at least tolerate, if not accept, its central thesis that everything you think you know about laundry is wrong!! EVERYTHING. It’s actually a bit funny: The author starts the book with a kind of disclaimer about how this isn’t going to be a really big deal to make this transition, and there’s just a short, relatively affordable list of supplies to acquire (although, possibly also a new washer/dryer, and a utility sink and a backyard if you don’t have one) and a few relatively simple adjustments to make. And then what follows is like someone telling you, “Ok, you’re doing amazing, sweetie, making that PB&J sandwich the adorable way you have been, all spreading things around with the butter knife and everything. But the RIGHT way is that you need to fling spoonfuls of peanut butter and jelly up into the air and catch them tidily on their respective bread slices, and then you need to seal the slices together by riding over them three times with a unicycle and then slice off their crusts with four well-placed cuts of a bullwhip!” But despite the fact that I found this book daunting at times and learned that I would likely be dishonorably discharged from Laundry Boot Camp - hey, sometimes we have to accept that we just love things or people we know are not good for us, and my own Laundry Love and the way I have been practicing it is apparently the equivalent of eating Taco Bell entrees that contain Doritos products as main ingredients. However, as I hope I have described, there are many other reasons to appreciate this book, regardless of how many of its directives you’re willing and able to implement. And, it would make a great gift!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maura Muller

    I loved this book! It was like sitting down and having a wonderful chat with your favorite fashionista friend over the best possible cup of coffee. (Like my first cafe creme when I finally made it to Paris!) Patric knows everything about textiles, fabrics, fashions and how to care for them. In my 20's I was a hopeless clothes horse, working in the industry and spending a HUGE part of my meager earnings on my dry cleaning bill. It wasn't until my late 40's that I finally got up the courage to take I loved this book! It was like sitting down and having a wonderful chat with your favorite fashionista friend over the best possible cup of coffee. (Like my first cafe creme when I finally made it to Paris!) Patric knows everything about textiles, fabrics, fashions and how to care for them. In my 20's I was a hopeless clothes horse, working in the industry and spending a HUGE part of my meager earnings on my dry cleaning bill. It wasn't until my late 40's that I finally got up the courage to take a few "dry clean only" items and wash them in cold water. We all survived! And cashmere sweaters that were part of my "salary"...well if a goat can live outside, I'm sure hand-washing a sweater won't hurt it. I wish I had this book back then! I was so nervous every time I didn't follow the washing instructions on labels. Patric confidently instructs us all, with great humor, knowledge and so many fun stories. I wish I lived closer to his shop so I could attend his Laundry Camp with my dear friend, Lori. I know we would have a blast. I'll settle instead, with giving her this charming book for her birthday.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Summer

    I was looking forward to this book. It just was blah to me. I sat in the library parking lot and read it all yesterday and walked back and put it in the drop box. Either I was expecting too much, or over the last 7 years of doing a LOT of laundry, I’ve learned a few tricks! 🥳 Even his point about trying to beautify the laundry room/space wasn’t new. He puts a disco ball (cool!), I put up old artist study landscapes I like, in IKEA frames. 🖼🧺 Most of it was review for me. Except the sportswear pa I was looking forward to this book. It just was blah to me. I sat in the library parking lot and read it all yesterday and walked back and put it in the drop box. Either I was expecting too much, or over the last 7 years of doing a LOT of laundry, I’ve learned a few tricks! 🥳 Even his point about trying to beautify the laundry room/space wasn’t new. He puts a disco ball (cool!), I put up old artist study landscapes I like, in IKEA frames. 🖼🧺 Most of it was review for me. Except the sportswear part: He said to not wash anything in cold because it won’t get the temperature high enough to release the oils in the clothes and wash them away. No cold water period, he really recommended. Even that I did already, but it was nice to know it was recommended. One more tidbit I hadn’t thought of was to separate warm colors and cold colors into different loads because if they happen to bleed it won’t show as bad. I think honestly I was hoping for more joy and while I love being able to listen to a podcast or book on tape while doing laundry, and there is joy in the satisfaction of getting it done, we just have to do laundry and it is a part of life that we do and do again; sometimes joyfully, sometimes overwhelmed and tired and that’s okay. On reflection of my disappointment about what this book didn’t offer, I was thankful for the reminder, that this was NOT going to solve my attitude. I had to. 💕🧺

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dana A. O'Dea

    I can’t believe I read an entire book on laundry and enjoyed it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I loved this book! I like a good practical nonfiction book every now and again, but this one was not just useful but also a delight to read. For anyone who ever has to wash clothes. Now you will WANT to! Thank you to NetGalley and Flatiron for the advance copy.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    What a fun book! Since I love doing laundry, this book called out to me. The author has a hilarious sense of humor, and I giggled all the way through this one.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dthompson

    I loved this book. I don’t love laundry so I wasn’t sure what I was going to think about this book. I found it delightful which isn’t a word I usually ever use but seems to be the perfect adjective. I definitely learned a lot of new things and am anxious to try them out. Everything was interesting from the stories of the women in his life to the specifics about how to do laundry and the fact that I can actually launder my dry cleaning myself. Loved it!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Holly Minion

    Yes, I read a book all about doing laundry and rated it 5 stars. It was super engaging and easy to read. And I'm glad I live 30 minutes from the Mall of America because now I want to stop in his store and buy all the laundry things! Yes, I read a book all about doing laundry and rated it 5 stars. It was super engaging and easy to read. And I'm glad I live 30 minutes from the Mall of America because now I want to stop in his store and buy all the laundry things!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Stewart-Klein

    Okay I’m a total geek about laundry but no one less than Modern Mrs Darcy herself recommended this book. I learned a lot and I’m excited by the idea I can spend less time and energy and have cleaner clothes. Also the book is as much about environmentalism and love as it is about laundry. I think even laundry haters should read it!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    A.L. Goulden

    I think I might have fallen in love with laundry. What an awesome book! Patric certainly made me giddy to sort my clothes and also motivated me to make some drastic changes. This book is filled with practical tips for better laundering as well as charming tales of history and proven results. I've already ordered some supplies and I'm ready to become a mixologist of natural laundry solutions that will make our household healthier and happier. When it comes to the chemicals we use in softeners and I think I might have fallen in love with laundry. What an awesome book! Patric certainly made me giddy to sort my clothes and also motivated me to make some drastic changes. This book is filled with practical tips for better laundering as well as charming tales of history and proven results. I've already ordered some supplies and I'm ready to become a mixologist of natural laundry solutions that will make our household healthier and happier. When it comes to the chemicals we use in softeners and detergents, I've never been comfortable, but now I feel like I have the right guidance to get me into a healthy routine that takes us back to the old-school way of doing things. The right way of doing something is sometimes the simpler way and I appreciate how this book laid out the steps for each fabric, color, and stain while also sorting away all the unnecessarily complicated instructions our machines and labels give us. Thank you so much, NetGalley and Flatiron Books for letting me in on this book! I loved it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    There was some really good stuff in here, but also some fluff that wasn't always very relatable. I've been to the dry cleaner twice in the last ten years I think, so his constant emphasis on saving time and money by no longer having to go to the dry cleaner didn't really land. And I wish there was more detail in some of the instructions (especially on using vodka to prevent recurring smells on sports/workout clothes) but there were also some good nuggets about dealing with stains, the technology There was some really good stuff in here, but also some fluff that wasn't always very relatable. I've been to the dry cleaner twice in the last ten years I think, so his constant emphasis on saving time and money by no longer having to go to the dry cleaner didn't really land. And I wish there was more detail in some of the instructions (especially on using vodka to prevent recurring smells on sports/workout clothes) but there were also some good nuggets about dealing with stains, the technology of washing machines and modern textiles, environmental concerns, etc. It kept my interest throughout as I realized there is a lot to learn about both the science and art of laundry. Im going to try a lot of his methods in the next few months!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marina

    A fun read!! Helpful information, some of which is still blowing my mind. Last sections of the books weren’t super applicable, but will still be ordering a hard copy for some of the stain removal and laundry product tips!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cathy

    Loved this book way more than I thought was possible. He makes you think about laundry in a whole new way. Minimalist and eco-friendly and common sense approach to clothes.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erin Goettsch

    I was expecting this to be delightful and it’s indeed delightful. Yes it’s really just about laundry. Yes it is still delightful.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    This was written specifically to delight me and I cannot wait to implement the new methods I've just learned! This was written specifically to delight me and I cannot wait to implement the new methods I've just learned!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    This is one of my favorite housekeeping skill books I have read (and I have read several). Erring on the side of jovial and silly over heavy-handed, it made me want to learn more about the "right" way to do laundry. (It helps that most of the method is about simplifying it rather than making it more difficult.) I learned a ton, and am already using my new skills! Also, the author is a Kentucky native whose grandmas played a huge role in his life (like me), so that earns him bonus points! This is one of my favorite housekeeping skill books I have read (and I have read several). Erring on the side of jovial and silly over heavy-handed, it made me want to learn more about the "right" way to do laundry. (It helps that most of the method is about simplifying it rather than making it more difficult.) I learned a ton, and am already using my new skills! Also, the author is a Kentucky native whose grandmas played a huge role in his life (like me), so that earns him bonus points!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Laundry Love is an interesting philosophical and warmly humorous love letter to laundry and textiles by Patric Richardson. Due out 30th March 2021 from Macmillan on their Flatiron Books imprint, it's 208 pages and will be available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats. This Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Laundry Love is an interesting philosophical and warmly humorous love letter to laundry and textiles by Patric Richardson. Due out 30th March 2021 from Macmillan on their Flatiron Books imprint, it's 208 pages and will be available in hardcover, audio, and ebook formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats. This is a genuinely engaging thorough tutorial with solid information aimed at extending the life of our textiles, taking care of the items we have and saving time, using economical environmentally friendly cleaning products (which are less expensive than pre-packaged single use "pods"), and making a household chore less unpleasant (or dare I say it, actually fun). From the information the author provides throughout the chatty text, it seems we grew up in the same geographic area of Appalachia during roughly the same decades (he looks a few years younger than I am), and I recognized so many of the archetypal characters from his formative years. I could "hear" their voices as I was reading - so this read was much more for me than just a dry tutorial guide to doing laundry. Five stars. Beautifully written, engaging, warmly funny, exuberant, and full of valuable info. I really honestly loved this quirky book. I want more from this author. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sue.the.very.busy.reader

    I read Laundry Love: Finding Joy in A Common Chore on the recommendation of @annebogel. She sang high praises in one of her book talks. I was lucky enough to get a preview copy on @Netgalley. The book is a nonfiction book with loads 😂 of ideas to make your weekly or daily laundry chore more efficient and enjoyable. I knew from the beginning of the book when I read this quote: “My idea of the ultimate in luxury is sun-dried, fresh-smelling laundry taken right off the line--especially sheets and t I read Laundry Love: Finding Joy in A Common Chore on the recommendation of @annebogel. She sang high praises in one of her book talks. I was lucky enough to get a preview copy on @Netgalley. The book is a nonfiction book with loads 😂 of ideas to make your weekly or daily laundry chore more efficient and enjoyable. I knew from the beginning of the book when I read this quote: “My idea of the ultimate in luxury is sun-dried, fresh-smelling laundry taken right off the line--especially sheets and then sleeping in those sheets,” that I was going to enjoy this book. There is nothing I enjoy more than fresh smelling sheets from the clothesline. I didn’t know if this book was going to tell me anything I didn’t already know after all I’ve been doing the laundry for 37 years. However, Patric Richardson is a clothing expert. He majored in fashion design and runs a clothing store and Laundry Camps. So he knows a bit about laundry himself. His writing style is very casual, and it feels like you were having a conversation with a best friend. There are so many great tips in the book and my favorite section is how to spot out every type of stain. What I really liked about this book was Patric’s attitude toward the laundry. When you are doing the laundry for your family you are showing them how much you care. You care that they look their best and feel their best each time they get dressed. This is definitely a book you may want to give as a gift to someone who is just moving out on their own AND add some tabs and notes so you don’t get calls about how to get stains out of the carpet. Thank you @NetGalley and @flatiron_books for allowing me to preview this wonderful book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    interesting view about doing laundry. I do enjoy doing laundry and ironing too. Includes great section on special care for special items (running shoes, shower curtains, slipcovers, sports gear, rugs, pillows, oven mitts etc), section on stain removal supplies and How-Tos. Favourite "Caring about your clothes is caring about the environment. In other words, your decisions have much broader impacts - on you, your community, and the whole world. You don't have to do laundry, you get to do laundry. interesting view about doing laundry. I do enjoy doing laundry and ironing too. Includes great section on special care for special items (running shoes, shower curtains, slipcovers, sports gear, rugs, pillows, oven mitts etc), section on stain removal supplies and How-Tos. Favourite "Caring about your clothes is caring about the environment. In other words, your decisions have much broader impacts - on you, your community, and the whole world. You don't have to do laundry, you get to do laundry. And when you do laundry for others, it's all the sweeter. That may sound trite, but it's the gospel truth. Need to locate some of the items Patric suggests for doing laundry: soap flakes or high-quality, plant-based liquid laundry soap (free of any product starting with p such as petroleum, phosphate), bleach alternative (100% sodium percarbonate), box of washing soda (100% sodium carbonate), small laundry brush, laundry soap bar such as Fels-Naptha for removing stains, spray bottle with 50% white vinegar, 50% water, store bought bottle of 70% rubbing alcohol, bottle of concentrated oil-soap stain solution, such as The Laundress Stain Solution, small bottle of Amodex, small spray bottle of cheap vodka, laundry mesh bags in multiple sizes, white terry washcloths, safety pins (I use diaper pins0, new tube of tennis balls and aluminum foil (a ball of it the size of a baseball to eliminate all static).

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Carlson

    Owner of Mona Williams boutique (MOA-Bloomington, MN), star of The Laundry Guy on Discovery Plus, Minnesota's own Laundry Evangelist.com, the charming Patric Richardson shares his own history, advice and expertise in Laundry Love: Finding Joy in a Common Chore (pp. 185). Award winning writer/editor Karin B. Miller is also a contributor. I've listened to Patric for several years and all his advice works and is simply fantastic! His own laundry flakes are superior; your clothes will smell fresh, c Owner of Mona Williams boutique (MOA-Bloomington, MN), star of The Laundry Guy on Discovery Plus, Minnesota's own Laundry Evangelist.com, the charming Patric Richardson shares his own history, advice and expertise in Laundry Love: Finding Joy in a Common Chore (pp. 185). Award winning writer/editor Karin B. Miller is also a contributor. I've listened to Patric for several years and all his advice works and is simply fantastic! His own laundry flakes are superior; your clothes will smell fresh, clean and not like detergent. I use laundry bags for my cashmere sweaters and anything I want to keep forever. The aluminum foil in lieu of dryer sheets is genius. This book will educate you on the following; cleaning your clothes, stop dry-cleaning, hand washing is cool, how to remove stains, and ironing-yes-it's still relevant. Between his advice Richardson shares lovely tidbits about the women in his life who mattered. One of my favorite parts is how he describes one of the women in his life who is similar to the character Idgie in Fried Green Tomatoes; you know the gold standard in movies about women's friendships. No surprise because Richardson exudes the gold standard in helping us revolutionize how we take care of our clothes.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Wade

    Thank you to Flatiron Books and Patric Richardson for sending me this gifted copy in exchange for my review. This book is available now and I highly recommend you picking up your own copy. I came for the laundry tips and stayed for the heartwarming memoir. If you didn’t already know, I’m a wardrobe supervisor for the Broadway Tour of Come From Away. Laundry is a huge part of my job and knowing how to fix stains quickly and maintain costumes for their longevity is one of the many parts of my job. Thank you to Flatiron Books and Patric Richardson for sending me this gifted copy in exchange for my review. This book is available now and I highly recommend you picking up your own copy. I came for the laundry tips and stayed for the heartwarming memoir. If you didn’t already know, I’m a wardrobe supervisor for the Broadway Tour of Come From Away. Laundry is a huge part of my job and knowing how to fix stains quickly and maintain costumes for their longevity is one of the many parts of my job. I’ve come to know and love a lot of the tips that Patric includes in his book but I definitely still learned a lot as well! I can’t wait to bring this book on tour with me and keep it in my workbox to share with all the local union wardrobe friends I work with throughout the country. Not only does this book include a solid list of supplies everyone needs to have in their laundry room but it also contains very useful information that can be read and referenced when needed. I recommend you buy this book. Read this lovely memoir, learn some new tricks and wow your loved ones with you new laundry superpowers!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather O'Neill

    In this book Patric goes over how you should be doing your laundry. I love laundry books because I'm not that great at it and I always want to figure out how to do it correctly. His methods don't seem that hard and I actually started using one of them right away (using the express cycle on our washing machine for everything). It was a short book, but there was some repetition in there that I think could've been taken out. I also would've loved for him to actually go over more examples of how to g In this book Patric goes over how you should be doing your laundry. I love laundry books because I'm not that great at it and I always want to figure out how to do it correctly. His methods don't seem that hard and I actually started using one of them right away (using the express cycle on our washing machine for everything). It was a short book, but there was some repetition in there that I think could've been taken out. I also would've loved for him to actually go over more examples of how to get more stains out (although they mostly all seem to be about the same with slight variations). He also doesn't go over bras and I would've loved to know it's thoughts on those. Lastly, he talks about certain chemicals being extremely bad for people, but he has no studies to back-up what he is saying. I think that most of his statements are based on correlation, but not causation. I've been learning lately that chemicals can be bad, but it's all about the dose and how much is in a product. I kind of felt like he should've stayed in his lane and said that these ingredients are not great for clothes and stopped there unless he actually had studies to back it up.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Every evangelical revival I have encountered (you know you have watched them; stop pretending otherwise) has prompted the spirit to bring me to my feet with shouts of praise. So it is with the Laundry Evangelist, who has set himself to proclaim the good news of clothing cleanliness, which is surely adjacent to some sort of godliness, whether one us a believer or not. Here is all the stuff you have needed to know, including the answer to the mystery "does dry clean only" really mean it? This is a Every evangelical revival I have encountered (you know you have watched them; stop pretending otherwise) has prompted the spirit to bring me to my feet with shouts of praise. So it is with the Laundry Evangelist, who has set himself to proclaim the good news of clothing cleanliness, which is surely adjacent to some sort of godliness, whether one us a believer or not. Here is all the stuff you have needed to know, including the answer to the mystery "does dry clean only" really mean it? This is a wonderful work not only because of its vision of valuable information but more importantly in its celebration of performing an necessary (for most of us) task well. So many people in the world dwell in misery, particularly the idle: the idea that there is psychic and spiritual benefit in caring well for one's apparel and appearance must be shocking. Yet fabric care might be a humble first step out of the bondage of dishevelment that depression brings. And it would not hurt to add laundry to the love languages, for such service to self and others, with the sense of well being it provides, is affection that can one can wrap around oneself 24 hours a day.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    In "Laundry Love," the book tells us how to rethink our strategies for cleaning clothes. The author says we can wash everything and don't have to use the dry cleaner anymore. She explains how to sort clothes, wash them efficiently, what brands to use, and remove stains. She gives detergent recommendations to make our clothes softer and offers some washing tips like always use Express Wash and always wash with warm water - these two tips will help speed up the time it takes to do laundry. She als In "Laundry Love," the book tells us how to rethink our strategies for cleaning clothes. The author says we can wash everything and don't have to use the dry cleaner anymore. She explains how to sort clothes, wash them efficiently, what brands to use, and remove stains. She gives detergent recommendations to make our clothes softer and offers some washing tips like always use Express Wash and always wash with warm water - these two tips will help speed up the time it takes to do laundry. She also promotes air-drying because it's better for clothes and the environment. This book is also a love letter to important women in the author's life: her granny, mother, stepmother, and others. It starts with some early memories the author had with laundry in her family. I love how she interwove personal stories about her family into the book and even shared recipes in the back. Now, I look at my laundry in a totally different way. To listen to my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/pat...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Laferriere

    I know, I know. Who wants to read a book about laundry? You totally should! Hear me out. I listened to the audio, read by the author, and you'll wish he was your bestie by the time you're done. (Thanks for the ARC, Libro.fm!) Lots of common sense laundry advice sprinkled with Patric's family stories and anecdotes about his stain removal prowess. Sharpie on a wedding dress? Yep! Patric can remove that stain! The only downside to the audio is that he does have lots of lists--supplies you might nee I know, I know. Who wants to read a book about laundry? You totally should! Hear me out. I listened to the audio, read by the author, and you'll wish he was your bestie by the time you're done. (Thanks for the ARC, Libro.fm!) Lots of common sense laundry advice sprinkled with Patric's family stories and anecdotes about his stain removal prowess. Sharpie on a wedding dress? Yep! Patric can remove that stain! The only downside to the audio is that he does have lots of lists--supplies you might need, stains you might remove, etc. That a.) gets a little boring when you're listening, and b.) I want the print copy so I always have access to those lists! While I might not heed his every piece of advice, there are definitely some takeaways that will make me rethink my laundry habits for lots of reasons--price, textile longevity, my family's health, and the environment, to name a few. Overall, really fun, and if I'm ever in Minnesota, I'm totally hitting up his store for some of his homemade laundry flakes!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anyeliz

    This might be the perfect book to listen to while doing laundry. Part-memoir nad part-instructions manual, I had a good time listening to Patric Richardson's (The Laundry Evangelist) Laundry Love: Finding Joy in a Common Chore, and, since I haven't been able to try most of the tips he discusses, my rating responds mostly to the enjoyment of the book rather than accuracy or relevance of content. Nevertheless, I do plan on trying out many of the tips presented. In this book, Richardson includes tip This might be the perfect book to listen to while doing laundry. Part-memoir nad part-instructions manual, I had a good time listening to Patric Richardson's (The Laundry Evangelist) Laundry Love: Finding Joy in a Common Chore, and, since I haven't been able to try most of the tips he discusses, my rating responds mostly to the enjoyment of the book rather than accuracy or relevance of content. Nevertheless, I do plan on trying out many of the tips presented. In this book, Richardson includes tips and instructions for washing, drying, steaming, and ironing clothes. He also devotes an entire chapter to treating stains and another for how our laundry practices impact the environment, which was my favorite chapter. While there are times, that the book can seem a bit repetitive at the beginning and the ending of each chapter, I believe this makes it easier to read standalone chapters. I listened to this book on Scribd, and it was a pleasant experience. However, I'll be getting the hardcover to put these instructions into practice and use it as a reference.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Quick, easy read with amusing anecdotes of author's family. His thoughts on ironing echo my own: A pure satisfaction as you smooth out the wrinkle; when the world feels out of whack, it's a relief to perform a routine that gives pleasure; there's a gracefulness and a meditative feel to it. I, too, love to iron:) I mostly had it right, but I learned a better way to fold contoured bed sheets. I also learned some ways to lessen the washing machine's havoc on my clothes, and that they don't need to Quick, easy read with amusing anecdotes of author's family. His thoughts on ironing echo my own: A pure satisfaction as you smooth out the wrinkle; when the world feels out of whack, it's a relief to perform a routine that gives pleasure; there's a gracefulness and a meditative feel to it. I, too, love to iron:) I mostly had it right, but I learned a better way to fold contoured bed sheets. I also learned some ways to lessen the washing machine's havoc on my clothes, and that they don't need to be washed as often as I've been doing (that doesn't include undergarments and kitchen towels!). The chapters on creating a laundry room made me giggle. This book is aimed pretty much at upper-middle-, and high-income households. The family recipes at the end of the book gave me pause - jello and kool aid - egads. The sour cream pound cake with chocolate sauce sounds divine, as do the bourbon balls.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melinda

    This is a charming little book! I have had it on my TBR list ever since I heard about it on a book podcast and I just finished it. I got this book from the library and read it cover to cover in one sitting. This is one of the rare books that I think I’m going to have to purchase anyway-it’s a great reference book for laundry care. (I also now have dryer balls and plant based laundry soap sitting in my Amazon cart!) This would be a great gift book for a college kid or a wedding gift. Maybe other This is a charming little book! I have had it on my TBR list ever since I heard about it on a book podcast and I just finished it. I got this book from the library and read it cover to cover in one sitting. This is one of the rare books that I think I’m going to have to purchase anyway-it’s a great reference book for laundry care. (I also now have dryer balls and plant based laundry soap sitting in my Amazon cart!) This would be a great gift book for a college kid or a wedding gift. Maybe other people had a full education on how to do laundry the “right” way, but neither my husband nor I did. We’ve been following the directions on our clothing tags and using big name brand laundry detergent and dryer sheets for our entire marriage. Now I’m rethinking that and moreover, feeling more confident about the entire chore of laundry.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Gusewelle

    This is a Book of Love! I read a lot of nonfiction books, yet this may be the most shocking nonfiction book I've ever read! Washing a wedding dress? How to make water wetter? Soap flakes, soap bars, vodka spray, and white vinegar? Cancelling fabric softener, dry cleaning appointments, and dryer sheets 😱 All this scientific shock was brought together with valuable and easy and affordable fixes to corners and the love Richardson had for the women throughout his life. There are so many endearing touc This is a Book of Love! I read a lot of nonfiction books, yet this may be the most shocking nonfiction book I've ever read! Washing a wedding dress? How to make water wetter? Soap flakes, soap bars, vodka spray, and white vinegar? Cancelling fabric softener, dry cleaning appointments, and dryer sheets 😱 All this scientific shock was brought together with valuable and easy and affordable fixes to corners and the love Richardson had for the women throughout his life. There are so many endearing touches in here that made me think back to what lessons my mom and grandparents gave me and the love and time they put in to me. One of my most favorite parts of the book is the appendix with his family's special recipes. This book just gives and gives and gives. I highly recommend ❤️

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