How do I make my clean clothes look clean?
October 19, 2012 10:55 AM Subscribe
How do I get rid of residue on my clean clothes when I'm using a shared washer in an apartment building?
posted by Bunglegirl to Home & Garden (17 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I live by myself so laundry only happens every few weeks. I usually separate loads into lights and dark/colors. Based on past Asks I've read I fill my detergent to the lowest level marked on the cap. Still, I get white residue on some of my dark clothes. As you can see from the linked pictures, it happens with 100% cotton
and synthetic blend
fabrics. All of these examples were not put in the dryer. I haven't noticed it on white clothes, or even all my color clothes, but I can't say it's not there. I currently use All Free & Clear Oxi-active
, and like to use something without perfumes since I'm allergic to perfumes, dyes and other nasty stuff.
My building has two old industrial washers and two dryers in the basement with very basic controls (ie. no extra rinse cycles). They are used by 6 units, and I can't control what my neighbors put in them. Because I have to pay for every load I don't run machines to clean them. My landlord is quick to fix big problems, but this is not the kind of big problem I can come to him with. What might be causing this to happen and what can I do to stop it from happening in the future?