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How do I keep my shirts from smelling moldy?

I live in the UK and laundry here is just different from in the states for a number of reasons. I hang my laundry to dry, which mostly works fine except for my long-sleeved t-shirts, which always smell musty. I space them out all over the house, they feel totally dry and don't smell at all when I put them away, but a few days later when I pull one out to wear, they smell of mold. [more inside]
posted by stinker on Jul 12, 2016 - 21 answers

How to get uncrumpled bedsheets?

Mefi laundry experts: Is there some way to wash and dry good quality bedsheets so they aren't hopelessly crumpled? [more inside]
posted by Stephanie_Says on Jun 22, 2016 - 18 answers

How do I make laundry/laundromat easier?

I live 6 long blocks (steep downhill there, steep uphill back) from the laundromat. It's such a hassle for me to get clothes there that I frequently put off doing laundry for a very long time. What am I missing? The solutions I've tried (and haven't tried) inside. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs on Jun 7, 2016 - 27 answers

What washer and drier to get? How to decide?

We bought a new-to-us house that does not come with a washer and drier. However, washers and driers seem to be way more complicated than I could have ever possibly imagined. Does anybody have any recommendations for a good washer and drier? Or, can anyone point us toward somewhere that will help us narrow down our decision? Or even tell us brands to consider or avoid? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on May 26, 2016 - 19 answers

Defunking an old comforter

Is this funky old comforter beyond help? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on May 22, 2016 - 13 answers

Seventh Generation + old washing machine = stinky laundry?

My laundry stinks. I can't tell if it's the powder Seventh Generation detergent, our old washing machine, or just my own personal stench. Is there another (eco-friendly) detergent I should be using, or is there something else I can be doing to get my clothes cleaner and less putrid?
posted by airguitar2 on May 6, 2016 - 20 answers

How can I keep a white shirt white?

Generally I avoid white clothing, but I recently acquired a few nice blouses--plain white, white with dots, white with stripes--and I'd like to keep them nice. But all I know to do with white things is bleach them. How do you keep your white clothes white, particularly if they're not all white (i.e. patterned)? What actually works? [more inside]
posted by witchen on May 2, 2016 - 17 answers

What is the sludge draining out of my washing machine?

What is the sludge draining out of my front-loading washing machine? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Apr 1, 2016 - 17 answers

What will happen if I use OxiClean on silk or wool?

I use OxiClean to remove stains (especially pit stains) from shirts made from cellulose or synthetic fibers (so cotton, linen, rayon, poly, etc.). The instructions say not to use it on silk or wool, but they don't say why. What adverse effects will result if I use OxiClean on protein fibers?
posted by mama casserole on Mar 2, 2016 - 6 answers

I need a laundry service in Vancouver, BC

I need someone to do my laundry for me. I do not have a washing machine and am not well enough to go to the laundromat regularly. Please recommend a laundry service or better strategies for finding one. [more inside]
posted by cronert on Feb 16, 2016 - 9 answers

Fragrance/Dye/Optical Brightener-free Detergents: Canadian Edition

I'm looking for a couple of laundry detergents that are fragrance, dye, and optical brightener-free. One for whites, one for colours is fine, but if someone can recommend one that's colour-safe and will clean both, that'd be great. Bonus difficulty: Available in Canada.
posted by Kreiger on Jan 25, 2016 - 10 answers

This machine warps clothes and applies a layer of lint. Why oh why?

I've just moved to Colombia and am doing laundry without a dryer for the first time. Why are the results so terrible? [more inside]
posted by graytona on Jan 23, 2016 - 8 answers

Overwhelming laundry and when to wash

How many times can/should/do you wear your clothes before you wash them? [more inside]
posted by littlebuddhagirl3 on Jan 18, 2016 - 37 answers

Is detergent harmful to clothes if not quickly washed out?

I placed a load of laundry in the washing machine and poured some detergent onto it, only to discover that the machine had broken and wouldn't start. Is it ok to wait a day or two for the machine to be fixed, while some of the (still dry) clothes have been splashed with detergent? Or should I rush out to a laundromat? [more inside]
posted by kickingtheground on Dec 26, 2015 - 11 answers

Rescue my favorite wool sweaters

I tumble air dried (no heat) my favorite merino wool sweaters in the dryer, and now they have weird little (possibly?) synthetic fibers that want to stay in the weave. Best guess is one of the other sweaters in there had a loose weave that wove itself into the wet wool. We are using a sticky clothing roller to get them out but having a devil of a time removing them. How do we get these out? Pic of the situation here.
posted by lieber hair on Dec 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Front load washing machine: spin extraction problem

After a year of normal functioning, my washing machine's spin cycle is not extracting properly -- but ONLY with flannel sheets. They go through the spin cycle, but the water doesn't extract. The wash drum has no puddle. Just the flannel sheets are soaking wet. Other types of fabrics come out normal, with excess water extracted. Towels, jeans, percale sheets come out normal. Small flannel pillowcases come out normal. [more inside]
posted by valannc on Nov 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Doing the laundry with two bullet casings..do I need new clothes?

If I found two bullet casings in the dryer after drying my clothes in them, does this mean my clothing now has lead in it? [more inside]
posted by driedmango on Oct 23, 2015 - 10 answers

Washing machine gurus, I need your advice

We need to replace our washing machine, and I need to get a second opinion. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Oct 5, 2015 - 19 answers

Timing for washer/dryer purchase

My wife and I just bought a house. All appliances are included except for laundry. Should we wait a couple weeks for the Columbus Day sales before buying a washer/dryer, or just do it now? [more inside]
posted by Ignatius J. Reilly on Sep 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Detergent that doesn't smell like cat pee? (I'm looking at you, Tide)

Over the last year or so, I've noticed my shirts smelling a little funky after the wash. After some experiementing in the lab that is my bathroom/laundromat, I've come to the conclusion it is my Tide HE ActiLift "Original" powder detergent. WARNING: long [more inside]
posted by atinna on Sep 18, 2015 - 23 answers

My sheets are a little blue :(

I washed a white cotton beadspread (IKEA Indira) with some sort of stain remover for whites. It turned it a gently glowing bluish white. I would like it to be the original colour, a pleasant creamy white. I have washed it since this happened and it's still glowing with an alien light. [more inside]
posted by Acheman on Sep 7, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me learn how to dry clothes!

I'm living in an apartment in Ljubljana for 5 months without a dryer. What can I do to get my clothes to dry effectively? [more inside]
posted by leahwrenn on Sep 4, 2015 - 24 answers

Kirkland Institutional Laundry Detergent and HE washing machines

We currently use a non-HE washing machine in our household, but will be upgrading to an HE machine very soon. Has anyone tried using the Kirkland Institutional detergent (the one in a white, rectangular pail; has other uses besides laundry) in their HE washer? [more inside]
posted by extramundane on Aug 10, 2015 - 7 answers

I'm seeing pink!

Help me get washable marker to actually wash out of my laundry! [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Jul 24, 2015 - 4 answers

Help keep my dishrags from smelling!

Help me find out why my dishrags keep smelling so awful and make it stop! [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Jun 5, 2015 - 29 answers

How can I get the smell of vegetable oil out of my laundry?

Spilled vegetable oil on the floor, cleaned it up with a rag. Thoughtlessly threw the rag in with a big load of laundry. Now everything smells like oil, even after repeated washings on different temperatures and soaking in the tub with dish soap. Help!
posted by chaiminda on Jun 1, 2015 - 11 answers

Spider proof my laundry

What can I add to the washing cycle to discourage spiders from hitching a ride inside via my freshly air-dried laundry? [more inside]
posted by romakimmy on May 27, 2015 - 11 answers

Laundry near Los Angeles Convention Center

I am going to a conference in Los Angeles next week, at the Convention Center downtown. I'd like to do a load of laundry before I leave. According to my hotel (Westin Bonaventure), they don't provide laundry service - only drycleaning - and the nearest place to do it is "a 15-minute drive away." What's the best way to get this done? [more inside]
posted by expialidocious on May 7, 2015 - 7 answers

How can I fit a new laundry center through the bathroom doorway?

I currently have an old stacked washer/dryer in my condo bathroom that's 23.87" width, 27" depth, 70" height. It doesn't work well, so I ordered a new stacked washer/dryer with the same dimensions that's being delivered tomorrow. But I just measured the doorway to the bathroom, and even if you remove the door and the door jamb, it's 23.5" wide, measured from the inside. Is there any reasonable way to get the old one out and a new one inside without a big construction job? How did they get it inside?
posted by JohnKarlWilson on Apr 21, 2015 - 14 answers

Wash & fold laundry in Brooklyn Heights?

Pick-up, drop-off, no drama: why is this so difficult? [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Apr 17, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me get a permanent wrinkle out of a sweater

I have a great (100% cotton) sweater that has developed a deep, seemingly permanent crease in the ribbing at the hem (as if it got partially flipped up and set with an iron). I cannot get this thing out. I've washed it, I've tried spraying it with water and smoothing it out and letting it air-dry, I've tried to steam it out with an iron. Does anyone have any other ideas?
posted by elizeh on Mar 22, 2015 - 8 answers

How do I de-pink my shirts?

My white shirts got dyed by the plastic tub I soaked them in. I'm afraid to just start bleaching away for fear of making things worse. Help? [more inside]
posted by HoteDoge on Mar 20, 2015 - 8 answers

♫♫ Laundry day / help me here / read my soap / grumblings ♫♫

I need new hypoallergenic laundry detergent that doesn't make a mess. [more inside]
posted by deludingmyself on Jan 7, 2015 - 21 answers

My poor, sad old wool blanket.

I have a wool blanket given to me as a gift as a child. It's about 25 years old and it is AWESOME especially in cold cold winters. Here is the problem; I've abused the poor thing, and probably need to keep abusing it because of my allergies. How can I care for it, but limit the damage further. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jan 1, 2015 - 15 answers

Can I use non-HE detergent in a HE washing machine?

I forgot to buy HE detergent and now I have a box of regular old Tide powder. Will I summon the apocalypse if I use the powder (a small amount) in my building's HE machine? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso on Dec 28, 2014 - 17 answers

Brutal washing machine destroying my clothes: please help

I moved into a new building a few months ago, and since then the washing machine (new GE top loader, stacked with dryer) has been busily destroying everything I own. Towels and sheets come out frayed, sweaters and t-shirts sprout holes, a cuff has just gotten half-ripped from its sleeve. Please help me figure out how to protect my stuff before it's all destroyed. [more inside]
posted by Susan PG on Dec 22, 2014 - 7 answers

Could I dry-clean this?

I have two sweaters, and while the label on both says hand wash in cold and line dry, could I dry clean them? [more inside]
posted by bookwibble on Dec 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Portable clothing washer/dryer suggestions?

Moving into an apartment with no laundry; landlord has OK'd getting a portable washer / dryer unit. What should we consider? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Dec 14, 2014 - 10 answers

Please help ID a novel about a woman who was in a magdalen laundry.

I read the book about 6 or 7 years ago and it was to do with a woman in her late 40's to 50's who became pregnant when she was a teenager and was sent to a Magdalen laundry type place where she stayed for a quite a long time. After she left she became a midwife. [more inside]
posted by h00py on Dec 12, 2014 - 7 answers

Slimed!

Nylon jacket stained by mysterious paint/solvent. Can it be cleaned? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Dec 2, 2014 - 1 answer

How to get nude bras clean?

My moulded t-shirt bras are built like tanks so they last a long time. The nude ones get grubby looking long before there is any structural damage. What can I do to spruce them up? [more inside]
posted by roolya_boolya on Nov 10, 2014 - 7 answers

Best way to clean and brighten up white sheets with a pattern?

I have some sheets I love (they are white with little dinosaurs on them), but they get dingy really fast and look dirty even when I've just washed them (they're pretty cheap but they make me happy). Seriously, even when they were new they looked kind of dingy after sleeping on them for two nights. What's the best way to get them as clean and white as possible without fading the dinosaurs? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Oct 1, 2014 - 16 answers

How to get the smell of dog urine out of clothes?

My dog is getting older and starting to play fast and loose with the whole "housebroken" thing. Peed on my laundry. Now my laundry smells like pee, even after being laundered. How do I get it out? Also, I don't have a lot of clothes to begin with so I don't want to throw them out. First google result has THIRTY steps, I'm not doing that shit.
posted by mrbigmuscles on Aug 13, 2014 - 21 answers

Dying in a fire is NOT on my bucket list.

Everyone in my building has to run their dryer for three cycles to dry their clothes. Nobody seems particularly concerned. Management says the problem isn't with the dryers (which they sent people to clean out) but with something or other in the walls (the pipes?) and eventually they'll need to open the walls to fix it. They don't seem to be treating it as an urgent matter, though. Should I? [more inside]
posted by artemisia on Jul 30, 2014 - 12 answers

How can I clean a moldy-smelling down comforter?

I left a damp down comforter sitting in the dryer for a couple of days, and now it has a gross moldy smell. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by bobafet on Jul 28, 2014 - 16 answers

Odd bedding question - help a guy replace his blankie...

I've had this comforter since I was a kid (I think it's probably around 35yrs old now). I'm not sure what material it is, or how it has held up over the years, but it's my favorite -- my wife (understandably) looks at it strangely, but puts up with it. It's a early-eighties brownish orange, and has pilled up considerably, probably my favorite feature -- I know it's weird, I just like the feeling. [more inside]
posted by theplatypus on Jul 26, 2014 - 13 answers

How can I rid my house of laundry soap / softener odors and allergens?

I need help freeing my house / furniture of evil chemicals, because I seem to be allergic to damn near everything. I am particularly interested in ozone generators or other beyond the norm solutions - because we have tried so much already! [more inside]
posted by SpookyFish on Jun 25, 2014 - 14 answers

De-stinking clothes without a washing machine

I have a new shirt that smells terrible. Difficulty level: no washing machine. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Jun 16, 2014 - 16 answers

Enough with the wrinkles

I moved to a new place with in-unit washer and dryer a few months ago. Since I started using those machines, my button-down casual and dress shirts come out of the laundry extremely wrinkled. Jeans also end up wrinkled enough that they usually require ironing. I've almost never had to iron clothes in the past. Now I spend quite a bit of time ironing everything, and it's especially difficult and time-consuming because the wrinkles are so severe. How can I stop this from happening? Ideally I want to go back to those blissful days of not ironing at all. A few pertinent facts inside. [more inside]
posted by naju on Jun 10, 2014 - 24 answers

I think I am doing laundry wrong. Hope me?

I have noticed that after being washed for a few months or so all my clothes begin to go stiff, especially t-shirts. I miss having soft clothes. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by corvine on Jun 3, 2014 - 19 answers

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