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Laundry challenge!

So, I am wearing a dress today that I haven't worn since last summer, because it's a warmer weather dress (a green gingham version of this dress, actually). Upon changing a work from my riding clothes, I discovered an odd, yellow stain on it. The stain didn't respond to soap and water and I couldn't figure out what it was. Then I noticed a similar residue in the pocket. So now I figure that the last time I wore it, I left some multivitamins in my pocket, and washed and dried (and somehow ironed without noticing this? I need better light in my place) the dress with the multivitamins in the pocket. Do I have any hope of lifting the stain now after all this time and after heat has been applied? What should I do to improve my chances of getting it without destroying the fabric?
posted by Kurichina on May 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Saucesplosion: How do I best clean this hot sauce or ketchup off fabric?

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 - 10 answers

Yucky-smelling microfleece

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 - 5 answers

Is it possible to keep the collars of white shirts clean, and if so how?

Yellowish stains on the crease and wings of my shirt collars - can they be removed, or should I kill them with fire? Yellow snowflake details inside... [more inside]
posted by running order squabble fest on Jun 30, 2013 - 22 answers

Who will wash my clothes?!

Trying to find a laundry/dry cleaning service in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude on Aug 25, 2012 - 1 answer

Remove WD-40 smell from laundry.

How do I get WD-40 smell out of clothes? [more inside]
posted by jacobsee on May 30, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me put the hop back in my bunny slippers

How can I best clean my beloved bunny slippers? [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Jan 9, 2012 - 3 answers

How can I get boring daily activities out of the way more efficiently?

I want to spend less time and effort on "maintenance" activities. What are some good not-widely-known methods, or (cheap/small) products, to get this stuff done more quickly and get back to the more interesting parts of your day? (Examples in the extended explanation...) [more inside]
posted by SpiralT on Nov 28, 2011 - 25 answers

If you wash us, do we not bleed?

My red-on-white polka-dot dress bled in the laundry... onto itself. Is there any way to remove the pink stains while preserving the print? [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Nov 4, 2011 - 5 answers

The best all-purpose detergent powder

What's an inexpensive powdered detergent that I can use for dishes, laundry, and scrubbing sinks? [more inside]
posted by Net Prophet on Aug 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Help: vitamin E on new silk shirt!

I just got some vitamin E cream on my new silk shirt: what should I do? [more inside]
posted by kitsuloukos on Jun 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Kill the oil stink

We've just moved, and I'm working on the backlog of laundry. The problem is that one of the hampers apparently was close to the oil furnace of the old house, and now the entire basket smells like oil. How do I get rid of the smell? [more inside]
posted by mephron on May 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Alternatives to laundering a stuffed animal?

How to clean a Very Important stuffed animal: the baby edition. [more inside]
posted by oh really on Feb 24, 2011 - 22 answers

Help me get gum off of pants

How best to remove gum from pants [more inside]
posted by BrooksCooper on Jan 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Color safe bleach chemical composition?

What is color-safe bleach composed of? [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on Jan 21, 2010 - 4 answers

How do I get dirt stains out?

How do I remove dirt stains on pants? [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on May 15, 2009 - 7 answers

More Efficient Laundry System?

How do you keep your laundry system running smoothly in a bi-level (or larger) house? I want to hear how others have set up hampers, etc or otherwise established a system to efficiently move clean and dirty clothes to and from the laundry room. [more inside]
posted by jacksides on Mar 2, 2009 - 17 answers

Any tried and true solutions/methods for removing deodorant build-up from the armpit area of T-shirts?

Any tried and true solutions/methods for removing deodorant build-up from the armpit area of T-shirts? [more inside]
posted by karizma on Sep 6, 2008 - 16 answers

Ancient L'oreal-Sublime-Glow Secret.

help! I adore gradual self-tanning lotion, but it's turning my laundry yellow! [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Jun 20, 2008 - 8 answers

Funky (smelling) fibers.

How do I de-stink the armpits of my sweaters? [more inside]
posted by the luke parker fiasco on Jan 29, 2008 - 12 answers

Why is my shirt all bumpy?

I have a short sleeve shirt that consistently comes out of the drier "bumpy" all over. There is a very repetitive pattern on the shirt like a checkerboard. The pattern alternates bumps and depressions. I can easily get the bumps out by ironing the shirt, but I'm lazy and would much rather just dry the shirt. Is there anything I can do to avoid the pattern? Or, should I just give up and relegate the shirt to my "do not wear because it's too hard to clean" bin? The shirt is 81% polynosic rayon and 19% polyester.
posted by saeculorum on Nov 27, 2007 - 10 answers

Amazing Dryer Balls!

"Amazing Dryer Balls"...anyone use them? Do they work (as a replacement for chemical-y dryer sheets)? [more inside]
posted by tpl1212 on Nov 12, 2006 - 14 answers

Laundry woes

LaundryFilter: Help me get rid of a mystery green stain! [more inside]
posted by sanitycheck on Oct 19, 2005 - 6 answers

Can I hand wash 'dry clean only' wool pants?

I've got several pairs of lightweight wool dress pants from Ann Taylor. They are marked dry clean only. Suppose I hand-wash these pants in cold water and lay them flat on a towel to air-dry. Will the laundry gods punish my impudence?
posted by naomi on Feb 14, 2005 - 12 answers

How do you remove silicone based lube from fabric?

How do you remove silicone based lube from clothing/sheets/cotton based material? Traditional stain removers have not helped. Ammonia was suggested, but I've no clue what that would entail doing and whether everything I owned was destined to smell like that forever.
posted by pieoverdone on Nov 8, 2004 - 7 answers

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