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]
What's the best way to remove a small grease stain and a pen mark from a down coat? [more inside]
I would like some advice on the care and feeding and breaking-in of a bog-standard new pair of jeans. [more inside]
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]
LaundryFilter: dry cleaning only? Really? How about... [more inside]
Hope me, laundry wizards! Is there any way to get out grease stains on a shirt after it's been dried? [more inside]
I have some odd white marks on a lot of my hanged t-shirts, not sure why. (Pics inside) [more inside]
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]
What's an inexpensive powdered detergent that I can use for dishes, laundry, and scrubbing sinks? [more inside]
How do I keep reds(or other bright colors) from ruining my laundry? [more inside]
White stretch denim cotton/spandex pants. Best practices to keep them clean? [more inside]
I just got some vitamin E cream on my new silk shirt: what should I do? [more inside]
My housemate left a pen in the dryer and there are blue streaks all over the dryer barrel. I tried rubbing them with a damp towel (water only), didn't come off. If I put my clothes in the dryer now will they come out stained?
Wash, iron, and fold shirts in the San Francisco Bay Area? [more inside]
Is there anything I can soak clothing in to get the dye to set instead of rinsing away? [more inside]
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]
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]
Can I launder a wool blanket at home? [more inside]
Is there a laundromat or cleaners in NYC that will hand wash clothes? [more inside]
Can I wash my dry-clean only flannel shirt? I mean.... it's flannel. Come on. [more inside]
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]
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]
How to remove washed-in tomato stains from white cotton? [more inside]
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]
How to clean a Very Important stuffed animal: the baby edition. [more inside]
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]
What's the best system to store and transport laundry? [more inside]
Errand-running services (a la TaskRabbit) in Columbus, OH? [more inside]
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.
How often should I wash my blue jeans? [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
How do I remove aerosol sunscreen from my belongings after it sprayed all over my suitcase? [more inside]
Can I wash a neoprene wetsuit in a washing machine? [more inside]
Can I unshrink a merino wool sweater? [more inside]
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]
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.
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]
Looking for effective clothes washing methods that avoid allergic reactions to conventional detergents? [more inside]
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]
LaundryFilter: Why is there linty crap all over my clothes just from the washer (NOT the dryer)?!?! [more inside]
Is there a good reason I shouldn't store bleach in the trunk of my car? [more inside]
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?
How can I keep clothes from getting overly funky at sports camp? [more inside]
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]
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]
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!
Laundry Advice ! Advice on how to clean moisturizing type cream from clothing ? [more inside]