It took me 20 years, but I finally figured out laundry.
I must have been about 12 when I was both strong enough to lug a laundry basket to the basement, and tall enough to reach the knobs on the back of the washing machine. I remember my mom sharing her tips with me: always use cold water to avoid shrinkage, use less detergent than the bottle recommended (the fill line was a scam to get you to buy more), and to check on the dryer often–it rarely took a full cycle to dry everything and you could save time and electric.
Some laundry lessons, however, you can only learn through trial an error: a wool sweater carelessly tossed in the dryer becomes doll-sized, some new jeans added to a load would give everything a blue tint, and bleach added at the wrong time would result in tiny chemical burns in your t-shirts and underwear.
But, I can now say I have the secret to keep your socks always looking fresh.
Stop buying boring white socks and undies!
Life is short. Wear fun socks.