Make your towels more absorbent: If you want your towels to soak up moisture and dry better, skip the fabric softener in both the washing machine and the dryer.
Keep clothes smelling fresh
Fake a line-dried scent with fragrant iron-on sprays and perfumed dryer bags.
* Iron a light scent on to sheets or clothes. Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Iron Spray, $5; www.mrsmeyers.com.
* Use perfumed, reusable dryer bags. Essencia dryer bags, $8 for a set of three; www.essenciaonline.com.
Find the right washer for your budget
These models really stack up:
Kenmore: The HE4t has a king-size capacity and can clean as many as 23 bath towels at once. Starts at $1,450.
Whirlpool: The Duet uses 68 percent less water than traditional washers. Starts at $999.
General Electric: The Extra-Large Front Loading Washer offers similar features at a lower price. Starts at $679.
Gather, sort and fold clothes faster
Create simple systems for each member of your family to make preparing and putting away laundry quicker and easier. No device will magically get your kids―or your husband―to toss their dirty clothes into the hamper. But there are tricks and products that make it less of a hassle to collect, lug, sort and fold laundry.