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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

Seeking archival professional laundry in Houston, Texas

Do you have a recommendation for a trusted laundry in Houston who can clean treasured linens, quilts, and hand-knits and -crochets and wrap them with archival paper? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Apr 22, 2011 - 2 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

Are my white cotton clothes stained for good?

How to remove washed-in tomato stains from white cotton? [more inside]
posted by londonmark on Mar 21, 2011 - 10 answers

Searching for ultra-violet ink for laundry marking

I am interested in marking some of my more valuable clothing with ultra-violet ink. Does anyone know of consumer-side ways to do this? All the ultra-violet inks I see on the consumer market are designed for stamping skin, not cloth. [more inside]
posted by jpallan on Mar 1, 2011 - 2 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

Am I just using these laundry detergent bottles incorrectly?

Why are these push-button laundry detergent bottles so messy? Is there some secret to dealing with push-button nozzle laundry detergent bottles that I'm just missing? [more inside]
posted by cmm on Feb 18, 2011 - 24 answers

What's the best system to store and transport laundry?

What's the best system to store and transport laundry? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Jan 16, 2011 - 11 answers

Erranding services in Columbus, OH?

Errand-running services (a la TaskRabbit) in Columbus, OH? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Dec 13, 2010 - 1 answer

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 often should I wash my blue jeans?

How often should I wash my blue jeans? [more inside]
posted by sbutler on Nov 23, 2010 - 43 answers

Clean Laundry Cat Hair Pills Prevention 101

There's a lot of this going on in my apartment. What can I do to prevent my towels and cotton shirts from coming out of the dryer covered with cat-hair pills? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Nov 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Emergency Laundry Question

Emergency Laundry Question: I had some bad laundry experiences over the weekend. A dry cleaner left this awful kerosene smell in a jacket, which they tried to cover with perfume. Another laundromat over-bleached my dress shirts. How would I go about removing the odors -- of inept dry cleaning and bleach -- from these clothes tonight? [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Nov 8, 2010 - 4 answers

Ticket stub stained my shirt!

I left half of a ticket stub, much like this one, in the shirt pocket of my seersucker button up and put it in the wash, then dried it without noticing. It left an orange stain about the size of a half dollar coin, what can I do to try and make sure it will come out next time I wash it?
posted by hempgranola on Oct 27, 2010 - 6 answers

Honey, I shrunk your hoodie...

This question got me thinking: can I unshrink a poly/cotton hoodie? [more inside]
posted by JoanArkham on Oct 21, 2010 - 3 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

Washing the Neoprene

Can I wash a neoprene wetsuit in a washing machine? [more inside]
posted by sarajane on Oct 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Save our sweaters!

Can I unshrink a merino wool sweater? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Oct 2, 2010 - 12 answers

Give me all the steamy details...

Inspired by today's question about choosing between garment steamers, I've just decided that I need need need a garment steamer, because I am not equipped to iron. My budget is smaller, and so is my storage. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Oct 1, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me decide between these garment steamers or tell me about another one that works better!

Which garment steamer should I get, this Rowenta, or this Haan? Or something else altogether? Is there any advantage of having a metal head vs plastic? This is mostly for button-down shirts and dresses. I don't own an iron.
posted by rmless on Oct 1, 2010 - 7 answers

A better system for organizing clothing that's been worn

How do you arrange worn clothing? I tend to wear clothes more than once before laundering them, especially pants and outerwear, and usually drop them on the chair or the bed. Are you supposed to fold them up and put them in with the cleaned clothes? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Sep 6, 2010 - 26 answers

Alternatives to laundry detergent?

Looking for effective clothes washing methods that avoid allergic reactions to conventional detergents? [more inside]
posted by epo on Jul 25, 2010 - 22 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

Bulk laundry in Berlin?

I'm in Berlin for a few days, in the Schoneberg part of town. Are there any places (in Schoneberg or just easily accessible) where I can give them bulk laundry and they'll charge a reasonable amount by the pound/kg to do it?
posted by shivohum on Jul 3, 2010 - 1 answer

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 should smell nicer after it's washed.

My front-loading washing machine smells bad, and makes my clothes smell bad. It smells mildew-y or like a sour dishcloth, and has imparted sour dishcloth smell to my favorite black (i.e., can't be bleached) pants. [more inside]
posted by theora55 on Jun 27, 2010 - 29 answers

Should I offer turndown service too?

We are about to host our fourth set of house guests since May. I am once again stripping linens and getting the guest room ready, and I wondered... what should I be washing? [more inside]
posted by kimdog on Jun 22, 2010 - 16 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

How do I wash this mattress cover?

Which part of my mattress cover am I supposed to wash? Do I unzip it and just wash the "cloth" part, or do I also wash the plastic lining? [more inside]
posted by infinitywaltz on Apr 4, 2010 - 1 answer

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

Help my awesomely painty jeans stay that way

How can I set tempera paint stains on my jeans? [more inside]
posted by cloudburst on Mar 21, 2010 - 10 answers

Laundry in Hell's Kitchen

I need a recommendation for laundry/dry cleaning in Hell's Kitchen NYC area. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Mar 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Help, Heloise. These Sheets are Yellow.

Just inherited some lovely, but dirty old bed linens. Need advice on how to restore them. [more inside]
posted by yellowcandy on Mar 12, 2010 - 13 answers

Is my brand new clothes dryer gonna bite the dust already?

Is my brand new clothes dryer already messed up? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Feb 28, 2010 - 13 answers

Wash & Fold. Wash & fold.

Tell me about your Wash & Fold experiences with local laundry services (hopefully in Chicago). [more inside]
posted by santojulieta on Feb 13, 2010 - 19 answers

are tiny glass shards in a shirt something that can be removed?

a favorite shirt + many tiny glass shards. is this a lost shirt, or can it be recovered? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Feb 2, 2010 - 10 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 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

How can I minimize the amount of lint on my clothes?

How can I minimize the amount of lint on my clothes? [more inside]
posted by grouse on Dec 26, 2009 - 9 answers

Maximum laundry, minimum space

What are your experiences using a combination washer/dryer? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Dec 15, 2009 - 25 answers

First it was an embarassing medical problem, now it's an embarasing laundry question

How to removie anal suppository residue/stain from the crotch in my underwear. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2009 - 9 answers

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