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How do I remove this stain--or what do I do if I can't?

I picked up my laundry from the laundromat yesterday--I did wash-and-fold this time because I didn't feel like dealing with the laundromat on a holiday weekend--and my favorite purple shirt has a bunch of dark splotches on the front. It looks like it just got water dripped on it or something, except that the spots don't dry, and they also don't go away with mere water. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Sequence on May 25, 2014 - 9 answers

What is the best way to express dry a single item?

You're enjoying your morning coffee when you realize you never put your work pants in the dryer last night. What do you do, hot shot? What do you do? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Feb 19, 2014 - 22 answers

Have you ever used a laundry pick-up/delivery service in Brooklyn?

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 - 9 answers

Leather Jacket Staining White Shirts

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 - 10 answers

How do I stop getting buried in unwashed sweaters?

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 - 35 answers

Did I ruin the collar on this coat?

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 - 9 answers

Please help me de-stink my shirts.

How do I get a lingering stealthy BO smell out of my shirts? [more inside]
posted by Heretical on Dec 28, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I get the burning rubber smell out of my jeans and t-shirts?

How do I get the burnt rubber smell out of my laundry? [more inside]
posted by Tesseractive on Dec 18, 2012 - 7 answers

My home-made quilt needs cleaning.

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 - 15 answers

What's the best way to fix and care for this t-shirt?

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 - 2 answers

How do I make my clean clothes look clean?

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 - 17 answers

Even after multiple washings, these cloth diapers still stink.

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 - 33 answers

Where can I do a week's laundry in NYC?

I'm looking for a laundromat or a place that will do my laundry in Midtown West. [more inside]
posted by xmts on Feb 11, 2012 - 6 answers

I'm sweating this one out

I have mutant sweat that seemingly alters the color of every shirt I own: whites turn sweat-stain-beige and most colors get bleached. Can I do anything to prevent or treat it, or am I stuck wearing the three colors that aren't affected? [more inside]
posted by supercres on Jan 4, 2012 - 20 answers

Help me choose a front loader washing machine

What is the best front loading washing machine, for under $1000, available in Australia, that meets this criteria: [more inside]
posted by MT on Dec 29, 2011 - 4 answers

How do you treat/prevent stinky laundry?

How do you treat/prevent stinky laundry? [more inside]
posted by rabbitfufu on Dec 10, 2011 - 50 answers

Living on the edge, breaking the rules.

LaundryFilter: dry cleaning only? Really? How about... [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on Oct 30, 2011 - 8 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

Bad kitty!

Can I launder a wool blanket at home? [more inside]
posted by jamaro on Apr 22, 2011 - 13 answers

Like a bailout, but for laundry.

Is there a laundromat or cleaners in NYC that will hand wash clothes? [more inside]
posted by evidenceofabsence on Apr 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Stupid sexy flannel

Can I wash my dry-clean only flannel shirt? I mean.... it's flannel. Come on. [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Apr 7, 2011 - 17 answers

Acid wash cotton does not belong in my house.

Cotton twill fabric developed acid-wash effect after a trip through the washer. Another wash didn't fix it, what is wrong and what do I do? [more inside]
posted by momus_window on Apr 2, 2011 - 9 answers

To dry clean or not to dry clean...

MeFites, I need you to lay some dry cleaning knowledge on me. Do I need to take my suit skirt to the dry cleaner's if a small amount of beer was spilled on it while out with colleagues yesterday? Please help a laundry-vs.-dry-cleaning rule challenged gal figure it all out. [more inside]
posted by shortskirtlongjacket on Mar 26, 2011 - 9 answers

Help me wash my underwear in Madrid

I need a laundromat in Madrid, Spain. They seem to not exist and the threads online that list a few are quite old and the locations no longer exist (see: this thread and note. Surely this is not so. If none exists, an acceptable laundry service that will, for a reasonable price, wash and dry clothes without heavily perfumed (or perfume free) detergent [not a dry cleaning] will do... preferably near Gran Via, but anywhere will do at this point.
posted by rr on Dec 11, 2010 - 5 answers

How can I get aerosol sunscreen off my stuff?

How do I remove aerosol sunscreen from my belongings after it sprayed all over my suitcase? [more inside]
posted by Lifeson on Oct 20, 2010 - 5 answers

Laundering Kitchen Towels

Laundry Filter 2: Bleaching my kitchen towels hasn't worked, what else could I use to get them smelling and feeling clean and crisp? [more inside]
posted by SweetTeaAndABiscuit on Jul 17, 2010 - 22 answers

Washing Machine Making Clothes Dirty

LaundryFilter: Why is there linty crap all over my clothes just from the washer (NOT the dryer)?!?! [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Jul 17, 2010 - 17 answers

Can I store bleach in my car?

Is there a good reason I shouldn't store bleach in the trunk of my car? [more inside]
posted by sbutler on Jul 16, 2010 - 22 answers

How can I keep clothes from getting overly funky at sports camp?

How can I keep clothes from getting overly funky at sports camp? [more inside]
posted by COD on Jun 29, 2010 - 6 answers

laundry room etiquette

When using a shared laundry room if someone puts a basket with clothes and whatnot in front of the washer you are using do you have to let them have the next wash even if you are not finished with all of your laundry? What if your other loads are in the apartment and therefore not visible to the person? Is it even polite to set your basket down like that? What if there are very few washers? Or only one? I googled all around to try and find a satisfactory answer to this but I am not finding it, so I am asking for a collection of opinions!
posted by missmle on May 3, 2010 - 34 answers

How to de-moisturize some clothing ?

Laundry Advice ! Advice on how to clean moisturizing type cream from clothing ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Apr 20, 2010 - 6 answers

Can I get away with putting these "line dry" pants in the dryer?

LaundryFilter: I recently bought some stretch cotton pants. According to the label, stretch cotton is defined as c. 97-98% cotton, with the remainder being spandex. Unfortunately, that very same label informs me that I'm supposed to line dry these pants, which is enormously inconvenient for me. Could I get away with putting these through a few minutes in a regular dryer on the low dry/delicates setting or would that destroy the pants? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Apr 7, 2010 - 17 answers

Can I put this in the dishwasher?

Have any of you ever washed clothing in a dishwasher? How'd that turn out? [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Mar 23, 2010 - 33 answers

How do you wash something built to stay dry?

Who knows how to clean a stinky raincoat? [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak on Jan 12, 2010 - 6 answers

Desudser?

How can I clean the soap out of my (laundry) washing machine? [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Nov 23, 2009 - 10 answers

Looking for Canesten Hygiene Laundry Rinse (antifungal and antibacterial laundry detergent add-in) or clone in the USA

Are there any similar products to Canesten Hygiene Laundry Rinse that I can purchase in the US (Fry's, Walmart, Albertsons, Safeway, Walgreens, CVS etc) [more inside]
posted by tra on Sep 29, 2009 - 9 answers

Smells like clean spirit

Can someone identify the clean soap (or other laundry product) smell I keep noticing among hispanics? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Aug 2, 2009 - 8 answers

Out, Out, Damn Spot

How do you remove a stain....if you don't know what the stain is? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jul 5, 2009 - 8 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

Laundry Cost Analyst

Please help me find a way to easily figure out a cost analyst for a specialty linen business... [more inside]
posted by QueerAngel28 on Jun 13, 2008 - 4 answers

Can you get it for me wholesale? "It" being a good washer and a dryer.

Proud mavens: help me find a new washer and dryer! [more inside]
posted by melissa may on Feb 28, 2008 - 24 answers

Help me save my shirts from being sliced up and made into rag rugs!

How have you successfully removed old grease stains from shirts using common household items, rather than specialty products I'd have to go out and purchase? [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Feb 10, 2008 - 16 answers

Cheapskate Laundry?

Can I do laundry with just ammonia alone? [more inside]
posted by thisjax on Jan 29, 2008 - 18 answers

Help! Shrunken clothing!

Shrunken clothing filter: is this fixable? [more inside]
posted by dirtynumbangelboy on Apr 11, 2005 - 11 answers

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