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Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert, advice columnist and author of the New York Times bestselling book, My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag ... And Other Things You Can't Ask Martha. Her flagship column, "Ask a Clean Person", debuted in 2011. Here on Lifehacker, we're launching a new iteration of it, focusing on parenting and all the messes it brings. 

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Sweaty clothes stink, but sweaty workout clothes stink worst of all. Like those synthetic-fibre leggings, those sweat-wicking socks, those "technical" tees? Phew. These fabrics are especially prone to harbouring the smelliest bacteria.

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Video: A messy sock drawer means a messy life. You deserve a better start to your day than rummaging around for a matching pair. You could replace all your socks with 20 identical pairs, or you could learn to fold your socks right, so they don't stretch out or come unmatched. In the video above, we demonstrate the ideal form of sock origami.

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If there's one good reason to do the sniff test, it's this: Washing and drying your clothing after each wear is one of the quickest ways to wear those outfits out. Yes, there are ways to improve your laundry skills, but you're still shoving your favourite duds into a machine to get agitated -- yes, that's what it's called -- and then into a different machine to get blasted with heat.

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It seems that no matter what you do, socks go into the laundry but never come out. Despite appearances, your drier isn't snacking on your footwear and there are a handful of things you can do to make sure you never lose another sock again.

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Most of us just bundle our clothes into the washer, fill the detergent drawer and press the ‘on’ button without giving it much thought. (This is understandable -- nobody wants to waste more mental energy than necessary on doing the laundry.) However, there’s a lot of things that you could probably be doing better to make this tedious task easier and more effective. Here are eight common laundry myths covering everything from fabric softness to lint buildup. .