Not long ago we did our once a month trip to the laundromat. One or more of the machines we used was heavily loaded with fabric softener or fragrance loaded detergent. As a result, we were sneezing as we folded clean clothes.
While getting a lot of clothes clean in one afternoon is appealing, there is a part of me that thinks of bedbugs when I am there. I don't like sharing machines with other people. It turns out that bedbugs aren't as much of a danger as fragrances. The dryer kills bedbugs, but not softener.
Sunday I placed my two favorite linen shirts in a basin with warm water and (unscented) detergent. I let them soak all afternoon and in the evening I hand-rubbed and rinsed them, then hung them on plastic hangers. I smoothed them so they'd dry with fewer wrinkles.
By morning my shirts were dry and I hung them in the closet again.
If I wash my clothes once or twice a week by hand, they will last longer. I will need fewer clothes and be able to wear my favorites more frequently.
I'm not sure why this delights me so. It just feels so freeing.