In what is probably the strangest cleaning issue I've had to date, a seemingly inexplicable,* large glob of hot sauce (or maybe ketchup? hard to tell) found its way onto the floor of our bedroom. What's worse is that it was under several bags of clean laundry that had been brought up from the laundry room a few days ago. What's even worse than that is that I lifted those laundry bags up and put them on my bed where I was going to sort and fold the laundry. So, now we have sauce 1) on the wooden floor, 2) on my bedsheets in small amounts, 3) potentially on some of the clothes that were in the laundry bags, and 4) in thick globs on the exterior of all of our laundry bags (this is the one I'm least sure how to deal with). Help me! [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Dec 7, 2013 -
A bottle of nasty, concentrated potpourri oil spilled in my closet - now all
of my clothes reek like rotten fruit mixed with lighter fluid. Repeated washings with Tide aren't helping at all! What should I use? [more inside]
posted by falldownpaul
on Nov 26, 2013 -
Laundry is a major scourge in my life. It occurs to me that there are services that pick up and drop off your laundry. How…do those work? What sort of bag do I need to put my stuff in? How risky is it, i.e., what is the likelihood something will get lost or damaged? Most importantly, is there a service you can recommend in the Prospect Heights/Park Slope area?
posted by Charity Garfein
on Nov 24, 2013 -
I would like to buy a used washer/dryer and thought I'd pick your collective brains. I've been in apartments with coin op laundry for so long the thought of buying a washer/dryer is daunting. I looked on craigslist and there are scads and scads of washers and dryers and the prices run from stoopid cheap to stoopid expensive. [more inside]
posted by ian1977
on Nov 20, 2013 -
Chemical/burning-rubber odor on new microfleece garments. What causes this, and how can I remove it? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph
on Nov 2, 2013 -
I know I should throw my dirty clothes down the laundry chute so that I can wash them later. I also know to bring clean clothes up from the laundry room and put them in my dresser or hang them up in the closet. But where do I put the clothes that have been worn at least once but that don't yet need to be washed? I'm talking about jeans, sweaters, and certain shirts, not underwear, socks or undershirts. Putting the semi-clean clothes back in the dresser doesn't seem ideal because they have some dirt or dust that I don't want to get on the unworn clothes. Right now, I fold up the semi-clean clothes and put them on the floor next to my side of the bed, but my wife objects to my clothes pile. How do other people handle this? Is there some standard system that I've missed out on?
posted by Area Man
on Oct 30, 2013 -
In the last few weeks, blue stains have shown up on my daughter's shirts after washing them. They weren't there before I washed the clothes. They don't show up on anyone else's clothes. I can't get them out. Any ideas about how to get the stains out and how to prevent other shirts from getting stained? [more inside]
posted by TEA
on Oct 18, 2013 -
I want to use the washing machine at my office, which happens to be a doctor's office. We occasionally wash towels with blood on them. If I run a load of just hot water and a lot of bleach before washing my clothes, am I sanitizing it enough to not be getting Potentially Infectious Body Fluid Remnants on my stuff? I realize the actual infection risk here is infinitesimal, this is more about assuaging my feelings of ick.
posted by tatiana wishbone
on Oct 18, 2013 -
An unexplained ring stain has appeared on 4 of my shirts. I'm very afraid it will ruin more. What could be causing this? [more inside]
posted by graytona
on Oct 13, 2013 -
If I spill tide laundry detergent on my hand it doesn't just rinse off with water like it should, you have to actually wash it off with hand soap or dish soap to get it off. Why is this?
posted by john123357
on Oct 8, 2013 -
Now they are yellow. Also, since they are still wet, I can't tell if they're a normal-looking shade of off-white (eggshell, beige) or if they looked old/stained. My guess is that they will be yellowed, stained-looking button downs when they are dry.
Is there anything I can do?
posted by kettleoffish
on Sep 8, 2013 -
I accidentally washed a bottle of hot pink nail polish with a load of laundry. There are now streaks and splotches of hot pink nail polish covering all of the clothes in that load, plus the interior of the dryer. HELP. How can I fix this? Are all my clothes ruined (they are all dry at this point)? Can I get it off the inside of the dryer? [more inside]
posted by galenka
on Aug 20, 2013 -
I washed some clothes (cotton-heavy colors) and dried them, and they have dark food stains on them. Is there anything that could possibly get the stains out at this point? Ideally I'd prefer to use a spray or something easy to use, but soaking is an option if I can do it in a bin in my tub. [more inside]
posted by marble
on Jun 29, 2013 -
I just opened the dryer to find that my sheets (really nice, formerly tan/beige) are covered in blue pen marks. I also can see pen marks all over the dryer. I found the pen (it apparently was smuggled in by my cats, who necessitated the whole problem by throwing up on my duvet) tucked into a corner of the duvet. [more inside]
posted by guster4lovers
on Apr 17, 2013 -
I've had a black leather jacket for four or five years, and the jacket itself is probably twenty years old. I never had it stain anything until I began wearing white button-up shirts to work, but now I have a bunch of shirts with dirty collars that don't wash out. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by 23
on Apr 8, 2013 -
There are a couple of things that I have problems with: laundry, and getting my home looking furnished and decent. Especially my bedroom. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by htid
on Mar 14, 2013 -
I'm looking for a Wash & Fold and (very ideally) pickup/delivery service in Manhattan (UES). However, I'm concerned about one thing in particular: handling of delicates, specifically synthetics and elastics. [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao
on Mar 11, 2013 -
I need to find a service (in Chicago) that will pick up my dirty laundry and bring it back clean on a weekly basis. [more inside]
posted by bleep
on Mar 8, 2013 -
The thing I want to wear is always in the hamper. I can't see my dresser under mountains of worn-once clothes. I never have enough kitchen towels. I have somehow made it to the age of 30 without really understanding how to stay on top of laundry. Please help! [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz
on Feb 21, 2013 -
I have a lot of sweaters. They're not particularly great sweaters (no wool or cashmere), but I like them and I would like to wear them more. However, I don't have a lot of room in my laundry room to lay them out to dry, so they just end up in a laundry basket and sit there for ages because I can't figure out how to efficiently wash and dry them. How do you handle laundering a lot of sweaters with limited space for flat drying, and how often do you do it?
posted by ashirys
on Feb 5, 2013 -
I forgot to remove the fake fur collar on this coat.
It made it through the washer OK, so I then stupidly put it into the dryer after that. The fake fur came out of the dryer all matted, curled up and locked up. Can I undo the damage? [more inside]
posted by Neeuq Nus
on Feb 3, 2013 -
What are some of the most useful, unusual, time-saving, unexpected, and/or awesome things that are (safely) laundry-machine-washable? [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack
on Jan 26, 2013 -
A couple of years ago I found the best black leather jacket ever, and I diligently applied some sort of waterproofing/leather protectant spray every few months for the first year. It's been pretty well-loved since then, and is starting to show slight signs of wear--nothing major, but enough so that I don't want it to get worse. How can I restore it to its former glory and keep it protected so I don't have to think about buying another one for many years? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone
on Jan 25, 2013 -
Our washer & dryer are a stacked set of Frigidaire Gallery front-loading machines. The washing machine, which is 10 years old, just gave up the ghost. We'd like to replace it, but they don't currently sell a Frigidaire model that is designed to be stacked with our Frigidaire dryer (which is only 3 years old, and working just fine). I can't seem to find an appliance store that will sell us a different brand of washing machine, because they say it's not safe to stack mismatched units. Is there any way we can do this safely, so we don't have to replace a perfectly good (and expensive!) dryer just to replace the washing machine? [more inside]
posted by ericbop
on Dec 5, 2012 -
So, we just got a new tumble dryer because I just wasn't managing the laundry and getting it dry before it got musty, etc.
I have been preparing for the first wash and dry, and looking at all the labels, and hey presto, almost nothing can be tumble dried according to the labels. A pair of gym trousers can, a pair can't. A tshirt can, a tshirt can't. I haven't had a tumble dryer for years and years, and I am responsible for the household washing, so I'm now stressed about essentially still having the same problem. I'm almost inclined to try on the cold cycle, but M claims that will not dry the clothes.
But also, as I've become stressed about this yet again, the question arises: why can't I cope with this and why do I get stressed about it, when thousands upon millions of households manage just fine.
I have a sneaking suspicion that they don't. But I'm not very confident about my housewifely abilities, so I doubt myself there. [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee
on Dec 4, 2012 -
I've got a handmade all-cotton knot-style quilt that was made by my mother. Since she has passed away, this is of course a very precious item to me, and I don't want to do anything to damage it. It is, however, in desperate need of a wash. Is this something I can just throw in the machine? Is there anything I should be wary or warned of? This is something I'd love to ask my mom's advice on, but, ha ha! Added difficulty level: I live in New York and send my laundry out.
posted by whitneyarner
on Nov 24, 2012 -
I am looking for a wash and fold service with delivery in Emeryville (East Bay). Any ideas? Magic Laundry no longer delivers.
posted by Surprised By Bees
on Nov 11, 2012 -
My boyfriend has an awesome new t-shirt with a large, thick, flat image screened(?) on the front that bunched up and creased after the first wash-and-dry. Is there a way to get rid of the creases and folds in the image? And then what's the best way to care for it from here on out? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone
on Nov 6, 2012 -
How do I get rid of residue on my clean clothes when I'm using a shared washer in an apartment building? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl
on Oct 19, 2012 -
My sweaters are pilled. My shoes are scuffed. My skirts have random threads coming out. My thin knit tops have pulls. My favourite shirt has a small salad dressing stain just to the left of my belly button. Your sweaters look new, your shoes look immaculate, you generally look pulled together. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by Kololo
on Oct 7, 2012 -
Does anyone know a laundromat in Oklahoma City with Wifi on the North Side/downtown?
posted by rustybikes
on Sep 30, 2012 -
Please give me your suggestions for large, very sturdy grocery/laundry carts
. Said cart will have to do duty carrying groceries from my parking space to my apartment (which is across and down the street) but more importantly, it must be able to handle 1-2 35 pound containers of cat litter on occasion, when I need to buy for the boys. Good wheels are a must for when the weather gets snowy, but I do have an elevator (after about 4 steps). Price is not a huge issue, but I would love to keep it under 75$.
posted by oflinkey
on Aug 6, 2012 -
How can I get dry-erase (Expo) marker out of my white dress shirt? I threw rubbing alcohol, Shout, and a bleach pen at it. No visible difference from any of them immediately or after a wash, but it faded slightly in the dryer. I am tempted to do it all over again, but I'm worried about the impact those chemicals and washing over and over again is going to have on my new shirt! [more inside]
posted by Vexir
on Jul 7, 2012 -
Our cloth diapers have a permanent stink and lots of orange stains. What further laundry solutions should we try? [more inside]
posted by bigboggle
on Jun 19, 2012 -
Sartorial emergency! I accidentally put my wife's new summer dress in the dryer, and it shrunk. (D'oh!) I would like to buy her a replacement, but the online store says that her size/color is out of stock ... [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu
on Jun 12, 2012 -
I am looking for a clothes washing machine to fit into a relatively small apartment's bathroom. The bathroom was not originally intended for the installation of a washing machine, though there is just barely sufficient space, so I'm looking for something that is sort of tall and narrow, or shallower than normal in dimensions, not cube shaped like the typical front loading machine. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus
on May 27, 2012 -
For various reasons, it's significantly more convenient for me to handwash my dirty clothes/linens with detergent in the bathtub, and dry them on a rack in the living room. It's so convenient, in fact, that I'll bother to do my laundry, rather than wear rarely machine-washed and dirty clothes most of the time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on May 20, 2012 -