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Laundry & Clothing Care

  • A washing machine is not something that is frequently purchased by customers, but it's an essential household appliance nonetheless. Whether you're in the market because your old washing machine broke down or you've simply decided that it's time for an upgrade, you'll definitely want to select the best one to suit your needs, budget, and available space. There are excellent choices in both the front-loading and top-loading categories, and we've identified the best washing machine in each respective category with respect to performance, features, pricing, and availability. If you'd like to research your purchase further, we've included a washing machine buyer's guide below our recommendations.
    September 13, 2019
  • Having a fresh load of laundry is one of the best feelings in the world and putting an extra scent on top of the regular detergent can make clothes come out smelling even cleaner. These are some of the best laundry scent boosters on the market right now, each product picked based on their ability to last the longest between load washes as well as the convenience of being in tablets or dissolvable packet form in comparison to messier pour-out liquids. Additionally, these selections are all safe to use in high efficiency washing machines and will work safely with both colored and white loads. Keep in mind, not everyone has the same size washing machine, so there will be varying levels of product added to each load.
    October 30, 2015
  • It seems like the days when we wear that favorite white piece of clothing, we end up with a big stain of some sort on it by the end of the day. It’s then you look down and wonder if you’ll ever get your favorite garment clean enough to wear in public again. Finding a great detergent specific to white attire is sometimes hard to find, but there are a few out there that can get the job done and rid of those stains better than the rest of their competitors.For this list we’ve chosen the best laundry detergents available that are sure to meet your expectations when it comes to making your white clothes even whiter. These products were chosen based on their ability to get rid of stains on attire in as little as one cycle without damaging the clothing, they’re safe to use in both standard and high efficiency washing machines, and these picks can be used with all types of fabrics so you won’t have to worry about damaging clothing.
    October 23, 2015
  • Cleaning your floors can be a daunting task, but taking the time to do so and finishing with a fresh coat of floor polish afterwards can leave your home looking like a whole new place. Using floor polish can be hard work, yet it is often rewarding and can be one of the most effective tools out there to give the inside of your household the “facelift” it might be due for. These best floor polish products were chosen based on their ability to remove scratches, dulled looks, and streaks to greatly improve the appearance of your floors. In addition to that they were picked for their ability to dry quickly and cover at least 300 square feet of space with not only a new shine but a protective layer as well. It is important to note that the amount of foot traffic your floors receive will directly affect how long the polish will last.
    August 21, 2015
  • If you have a dishwasher at home, then you probably use it at least once a day to make sure that you and your family have clean dishes to eat off of. However, even if you know that your dishes have been cleaned, it can be frustrating to see the debris and water spots sometimes left after a dishwasher cycle is finished. Using a dishwasher rinse aid can be extremely helpful in not only boosting your detergents effectiveness, but it will also leave your dishware looking cleaner and shinier than ever before. These best dishwasher rinse aids were chosen for their ability to effectively remove spots and watermarks from a freshly washed load while removing any mineral build up at the same time. These selections are also safe for use with any model of dishwasher and water type.
    August 10, 2015
  • Messes are a part of everyday life, so it’s important to have the right cleaning products to help clean things up so that we can get back to our busy day routines. Some multi-surface cleaners don’t seem to get the job done right, but here is a list of the best multi-surface cleaners which are sure to meet your expectations and leave your household surfaces as clean as they could possibly be. These picks were chosen based on their dual surface cleansing effectiveness and powerful odor control. They can also be safely used on all surfaces be it wood, marble, glass, tile, plastic, and more.
    August 10, 2015
  • Dryers are an undeniable part of our laundry activities. We use them weekly, whether we come into contact with them or not. They are as integral to the process as a washer, for without them, we would be left to hang our clothes on a line and hope for sunny days. There are two main dryers that most people need to consider, those options are electric and gas. Before you begin the process of weighing through these handpicked selections, it is incredibly important to understand which model is right for you. Check out our dryer buyer's guide listed below which provides the basic information you should know about these appliances before making a purchase.
    July 20, 2015
  • Every seamstress and tailor knows the importance of having a sewing machine that works with their wants and needs. A lot of this depends on the features the machine offers as well as their construction and the reputation of the manufacturer. Modern sewing machines each have their own unique features and capabilities, so doing a side-by-side comparison between your favorites is advised. Whether you're an expert quilter, embroiderer, or designer of special evening apparel, one of these machines are sure to fit your style and become your next favorite sewing machine. For additional assistance in your search, we’ve also provided a helpful sewing machine buyer’s guide which covers all the basics.
    April 27, 2015
  • Ironing can be a thankless chore and when it's time to buy a new ironing board, it can be tempting just to pick up the cheapest model and be on your way. But buying the best ironing board means finding a model that’s sturdy, well-made, and fits your laundry needs. If you spend a bit of extra time and money, the right ironing board should last for many years (and shirts) to come. For smaller jobs, touch-ups and crafts, a tabletop ironing board is convenient. But for everyday ironing, a full-sized ironing board will produce the best results.The best ironing board is one that’s the largest size you can comfortably accommodate. The larger the ironing board, the easier it is to get crease-free results with minimal effort. This is why we’ve chosen to include ironing boards which have larger than average ironing surfaces. These models also feature mesh tops to allow steam to escape, they're height-adjustable to allow for use when standing or sitting, and have sturdy frames which stay stable and can stand up to years of use.We’ve chosen models offering the above traits, with the exception of the magnetic ironing mat which is a great choice for when you don’t have the room for a traditional ironing board. We’ve also included a single tabletop ironing board for use when space is at a premium; while the height of this particular board might not be adjustable, its large ironing surface and retractable iron rest make it convenient and easy to use. Price on these ironing boards will vary, but we’ve prioritized design and quality over budget-friendly picks.
    March 05, 2015
  • A handheld garment steamer is an essential tool for those who need their clothing looking crisp and smelling fresh while on the go. Although irons also important, delicate fabrics often can't stand up to the harsh, direct heat of an iron. Whether for quick touch-ups at home or the office or for looking sharp while traveling, a handheld steamer is a great way to accomplish small and quick touch-ups.The following garment steamers will not be well-suited to steaming large amounts of garments, but they all heat up quickly so you don't need to wait for steam, produce enough steam for most quick wrinkle and odor-removing tasks, and are compact and portable enough to be packed safely in a suitcase. These small garments steamers tend to be quite affordable in general, so price was not a major factor in our selection process.
    November 21, 2014
  • For most of us, laundry is a chore we dread. One way to make the job a bit more enjoyable is with the right supplies. For your convenience, you'll find our recommendation for the best fabric softener listed below. We've selected a few new products, with scents you may have never heard of, and included a few of our old favorites as well. Each one of these fabric softeners will leave your clothes smelling fresh and clean, and feeling ultra-soft and comfortable. If you've never used a fabric softener before, you have likely never experienced clothes that feel so soft before! Simply pour it in during your washing machine's rinse cycle to get the softest, freshest smelling clothes you've ever worn.
    November 26, 2013
  • Stains are an unavoidable part of life. Children stain clothes with food and outside play, adults spill wine on carpets and bring in dirt and grime from outdoors, and office workers have pens leak on their clothing. In other words, stains happen no matter who you are. Instead of spending the money on new clothing or throw rugs to hide stained carpets, you can simply invest in a quality stain remover that will get everything looking brand new again. It is very possible to find a stain remover that is affordable and effective, and we’ve listed our recommendations for the best stain removers below.
    November 26, 2013
  • Let's face it. No one really enjoys doing laundry. But with the right supplies, you can at least help make the laundry process a little bit more enjoyable. Listed below you'll find our selection for the best dryer sheets. We've selected a few new products you may have never heard of, and included a few of our old favorites. All of these dryer sheets will leave your clothes smelling fresh and feeling soft and static free, which is, of course, the main objective. If you've never used dryer sheets before, you'll find that they are a convenient alternative to waiting for the rinse cycle to add fabric softener. Just toss them in the dryer and remove them when the laundry is complete.
    November 26, 2013
  • Clothes irons (or flatirons) have undergone considerable improvement when it comes to fabric care. In addition to safety and convenience features, textile changes and new synthetics have signaled the need for variable heat and steam functions to enhance ironing while better protecting the fabric. There has also been an increase in wattage for many models, which, combined with a smooth soleplate make ironing a much quicker task, with less passes needed to achieve the desired result.It's tempting to go for the cheapest available option, but it's well worth it to do a bit of research to select an iron that will perform well and last for years. The best irons provide even temperature distribution and can be used with a wide range of fabrics. Many have the ability to produce even and consistent steam, with the option for a burst of steam when needed. With the steam comes the risk of drips that can potentially damage fabric, so we selected models are well-designed and constructed so that they will not drip. Finally, these best steam irons heat up quickly and maintain accurate temperatures, so there's no extended wait time to get the job done or unpleasant surprises when the temperature is not correct for the fabric at hand.
    August 26, 2013