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]
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]
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]
Have any of you ever washed clothing in a dishwasher? How'd that turn out? [more inside]
How can I set tempera paint stains on my jeans? [more inside]
I need a recommendation for laundry/dry cleaning in Hell's Kitchen NYC area. [more inside]
Just inherited some lovely, but dirty old bed linens. Need advice on how to restore them. [more inside]
Is my brand new clothes dryer already messed up? [more inside]
Tell me about your Wash & Fold experiences with local laundry services (hopefully in Chicago). [more inside]
a favorite shirt + many tiny glass shards. is this a lost shirt, or can it be recovered? [more inside]
How best to remove gum from pants [more inside]
What is color-safe bleach composed of? [more inside]
Who knows how to clean a stinky raincoat? [more inside]
How can I minimize the amount of lint on my clothes? [more inside]
What are your experiences using a combination washer/dryer? [more inside]
How to removie anal suppository residue/stain from the crotch in my underwear. [more inside]
My wife and I are looking for a v. small washing machine for our rented apartment. I've seen a few units which you can wheel into the closet after doing the laundry but I'm not sure how well they work. Any thoughts?
How can I clean the soap out of my (laundry) washing machine? [more inside]
I washed some clothes with a crayon in a pocket. Now I've got yellow crayon spread out across my clothes. But it gets better. The clothes weren't getting dry and I kept putting them through the dryer. 3 times total, never noticing that the crayon stains were there. How can I get rid of, or at least minimize, the problem so I get some of my pants for work back? [more inside]
How can I get faster at ironing shirts? [more inside]
How do I turn off the earsplitting, wakes the dead end-of-cycle signal on my clothes washer? [more inside]
Do you have tricks or tips for keeping hair off your clean laundry? [more inside]