We own the house, and somehow I didn't notice the lack of hot water in the wash room when we walked through originally. Plenty of hot water elsewhere in the house, and I WILL get hot piped into the washroom eventually!!! Codes are loosely enforced here in the Santa Cruz mountains, so all kinds of things go on that would get busted elsewhere. Besides which, I would NOT have moved into a home without hot water. EVER.
Leather clogs, and I have 2 pairs, and alternate which pair I wear every day. Not sure how fast they would dry out, and budget is tight, so I can't afford the shoe dryer somebody linked, although I bookmarked it, because it looks like a really good idea for my sweaty feet! I've read elsewhere about filling cotton socks with baking soda and putting them in shoes to help de-stink
I DO use cold water Tide in the wash, and it works nicely for everything but the hosiery. I think I'll try getting the Oxyclean and doing a pre soak - do I need to get a plastic tub for that? Or would a steel pot or the kitchen sink work just as well?
I can also use vinegar in the rinse water - I could put it in the fabric softener dispenser, couldn't I? Not sure how to do it if not - my new washer (top loader) locks closed, and unlocking it means aborting the wash cycle... Couldn't find a washer that allows you to soak at ALL, anywhere. At least, not for the kind of money DH was willing to spend. I really miss that part of the older washers I've had over the years. No more long soakings, no more stopping (but not draining) the wash just by raising the lid. No more dying fabric or t-shirts in the washing machine, either. Sigh.
Oh, and I have an actual clothes line out back, which I use in any weather dry enough to work - so they get dried in the sun in decent weather. Things smell very nice when line dried! The hosiery get dried on a wood rack in the winter wet weather, which isn't as nice, but I don't put the hosiery in the dryer unless it's really an emergency, and then I heat up the dryer for something else, and then turn off the heat and put the hosiery in on air only.
OK, thanks for all the ideas. I'll try them out.