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I have a Cooking Club and have 6 or 8 aprons to wash at the end of the evening. There must be a way to do this without having to untangle all the 'apron strings'.

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  1. Buy some large lingerie bags -- something I never knew existed until I got married and suddenly there were bras and stockings in the hamper -- and toss 'em in there. I wash cotton mop heads in them after I mop the floors, so certainly they can handle apron strings.

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    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

      Yes, I had not thought of that. I was hoping that I wouldn't have to 'buy' something but it beats sitting in front of the tv unbraiding apron strings.

      1. re: sarah galvin

        tie them up in a pillow case before you throw them in the wash. It will work as well as a lingerie bag.

    2. I assume you're using a top-loader, as front-loaders can usually handle the strings without their catching in the agitator or top lip. Perhaps it's your drier. Read on.

      Tie a double bow-knot on the strings leaving a very small "tag" end.
      Leave the knots tied in the drier.

      Short loops and short ends leave no tangle room. At the end of a laundry session, tug the knot and fold.

      1. I tie the very ends of each one to each other, or else use pillowcases. Mesh bags that oranges come in also work well for this, BTW.

        1. Mine is a front loader. They don't get caught in an agitator, just intertwined. As I put them in this time, I wondered how it would work if I tied the ends together in a bow-knot.

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          1. re: sarah galvin

            Sorry. Sarah I wasn't clear. We tied the knots on our sorting tables before washing. The knot we used was not a bow per se, but rather a single, tight loop formed while holding both strings. I guess it could be described as a single figure-of-eight loop if that helps.

            1. re: sarah galvin

              Definitely not a bowknot. A square knot is easy to untie. I'm sure that figure-8 Dock Potato was talking about is probably a square knot.

              1. re: lemons

                Reach up at the produce counter, yank off a flimsy and put a couple of lemons in it. Now, you want to untie it quickly when you get home, so you just make a loop that releases when you tug the end. Is that a "square Knot?"

                Hard to describe in text.

                I have not knot knowledge.

                1. re: DockPotato

                  No, that's not a square knot. Try Googling it. I am unable to adequately describe it; I am quite articulate when it comes to food, but I learned knot-tying on the sly while daydreaming in the 4th grade, and it was the skill that never got verbalization.

            2. The weirdest thing happened. I had already put them in the washer when I posted this. I just folded them (5 or 6) and there was not one tangled apron string! I had a large tablecloth in the same load so maybe having a full load helps. But I will try both tying the strings and using a pillow case. Thanks.

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              1. re: sarah galvin

                Genius, especially in mundane matters slips by unnoticed. That's brilliant!

                In a previous life we handled large lots of aprons and kitchen wipes. It wasn't until we encountered a straight load of aprons that the strings entwined.

                Your post prompts another:

                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/596247#

              2. Put them in nets, then put them in the washer

                1. roll/fold each apron string into about 2" length, and wrap with strong elastic bands (i.e., from broccoli or asparagus)
                  hang to dry, rather than tumble drying.
                  I have a community kitchen group; offered to wash the aprons because no one else was. I'm blessed with a front load washer, and a generous hanging rack.