@Scrbblchick -- Except that common sense is very, very hard to come by these days. No one has much anymore. I've heard and read about people doing absolutely absurd things where washing clothes is concerned that makes me wonder how they're allowed outside by themselves!
My mom showed me how to do laundry when I was about 10 years old, and I do it pretty much like she did, except I'm not as picky about the dryer temperatures. It's all dried on high. I don't have three hours to wait while all my clothes dry! I have other things I'd much rather be doing.