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Can we mismatch a stacked washer/dryer?

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 - 16 answers

Pimp my laundry!

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 - 35 answers

How do I maintain my clothes in less time?

How do I save time laundering and ironing my clothing? [more inside]
posted by exquisite_deluxe on Nov 26, 2012 - 19 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

Laundry in East Bay

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 - 0 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

How to keep my clothing in tip top shape?

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 - 29 answers

laundromat in OKC

Does anyone know a laundromat in Oklahoma City with Wifi on the North Side/downtown?
posted by rustybikes on Sep 30, 2012 - 0 answers

Hel me nopt mess up my next pair of Dockers.

What is causing the mystery stain to my Dockers in the washing machine? [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Sep 17, 2012 - 20 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

Help me get the stank outta this coat?

Is this coat machine washable? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée on Aug 21, 2012 - 9 answers

Sturdy and Steady.

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 - 10 answers

How can I get dry-erase (Expo) marker out of my white dress shirt?

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 - 19 answers

I Should Have Learned This Somewhere

How do people keep their light-colored clothing nice? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jul 5, 2012 - 34 answers

Best Combo Washer/Dryer?

What's a good combo washer-dryer available for purchase in the US? [more inside]
posted by jacob on Jun 25, 2012 - 8 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

I just got my washing machine and it's broken.

Help me repair my washing machine! [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Jun 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me locate a dress from Boden

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 - 24 answers

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

Narrow, tall or shallow washing machine to fit in a bathroom?

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 - 12 answers

How unhygenic is constant handwashing of laundry?

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 - 23 answers

laundry stain removal

Laundry stain removal. Can't get a stain out. What works? [more inside]
posted by luvmywife on May 20, 2012 - 12 answers

Fabric softener begone

What is the best way to get the stink of scented laundry detergent & fabric softener out of these sheets? [more inside]
posted by HotToddy on Apr 24, 2012 - 16 answers

Help Unscratchify My Scarf!

I have a lovely scarf, comprised primarily of metallic thread, which I have never worn because it is so dang scratchy. Ideas for making it softer? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Apr 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Red, White, and BLEARGH!

I bought this old Escada sweater at a thrift store for a few bucks. It had a few small brown stains that I figured I could live with, but after I got it home I realized that it had a HUGE yellowish armpit stain on one side. What (if anything) can be done? [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Apr 1, 2012 - 12 answers

neutralize Rit Color Remover

Help save a shirt that got all weird after Rit Color Remover [more inside]
posted by slow graffiti on Mar 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Why are "French laundry" and "Chinese laundry" things?

What's so special about French and Chinese laundries? [more inside]
posted by madcaptenor on Mar 24, 2012 - 7 answers

And in the laundry room, an original Daniel Edwards

What is this thing on my wall? This is on the wall of our laundry room, and I don't know what it is. I want to add shelving in the area, so can I remove it without causing a problem? NSFW only if you have imaginative farsighted co-workers. [more inside]
posted by razdrez on Mar 18, 2012 - 14 answers

I still feel like a wizard every time...

I fold my t-shirts like this. Lately, though, I've acquired a lot of long-sleeved thermals that I like to wear. Is there a comparable method of folding long-sleeved shirts? If not, what's your favorite quick and consistent long-sleeved-shirt folding method? (Extra points if it also works for bulkier stuff like sweaters and sweatshirts.)
posted by naturalog on Mar 18, 2012 - 7 answers

I cannot wash that many items by hand every week.

Handwash Only?! How do I manage the increasing tendency for professional women's clothing to demand very special, labour intensive treatment? [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Feb 22, 2012 - 41 answers

How to restore a silk dress & a wool sweater that have been machine washed and dried?

My lovely boyfriend did me the wonderful favour of doing my laundry for me while i was at work! Unfortunately, that favour included machine washing and drying a 100% silk dress, and a 100% wool sweater. Help! (he also saw the not-so-nice underwear and the spanx, but that's a whole other story.) [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Feb 13, 2012 - 34 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

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

Suddenly, all the sheets were pink.

How to do laundry when you start buying clothes at more than 5 bucks? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Jan 8, 2012 - 21 answers

Unwarp my cardigan, please!

My cardigan came out of the wash all warped/twisted. Can I fix this or is it a goner? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover on Jan 6, 2012 - 9 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

Not quite white

I left a red sock in my white laundry and now everything is pastel pink. How can I safely and simply make everything white again? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Dec 5, 2011 - 9 answers

Will crayon stained clothes ruin my other clothes?

A crayon in the dryer ruined a whole load of my son's clothes. I want to keep some of them even though they are covered in crayon stains. If I wash and dry them with other non-stained clothes, will the stains (the color or the waxiness) transfer to the good clothes? [more inside]
posted by peep on Dec 3, 2011 - 11 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

What's the best way to remove a grease stain and a pen mark from a down coat?

What's the best way to remove a small grease stain and a pen mark from a down coat? [more inside]
posted by krisken on Nov 21, 2011 - 8 answers

So how do you break in a pair of jeans, anyway?

I would like some advice on the care and feeding and breaking-in of a bog-standard new pair of jeans. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Nov 20, 2011 - 11 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

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

Can I get out set in grease stains?

Hope me, laundry wizards! Is there any way to get out grease stains on a shirt after it's been dried? [more inside]
posted by calistasm on Oct 23, 2011 - 24 answers

What are these white marks around the top of my shirt?

I have some odd white marks on a lot of my hanged t-shirts, not sure why. (Pics inside) [more inside]
posted by lankford on Sep 22, 2011 - 10 answers

out on a line

Laundry intervention! Washed clothes, but no dryer and no space to line-dry...how can I make it so my clothes are minimally wrinkled and mildewy in the morning? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Sep 18, 2011 - 19 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

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