I know that if a Chapstick goes through the wash, it will stain my clothes, but could identical stains be indicative of a washing machine malfunction? The stains in question look just like baby-oil stains, not grease or motor-oil. The research I've done so far suggests that a washing machine seal break or leak would result in a dirtier type stain, more grease-like. We don't use any kind of fabric softener or dryer sheets, so I've ruled those out. Thanks in advance!
My mom has back problems, but insists on line-drying her wash, which means lugging a heavy laundry basket out to the line almost daily. What sort of cart, basket or carrier can I purchase that would help her schlep the wet clothes more easily? Difficulty: must be compatible with stairs. [more inside]
How do you remove a stain....if you don't know what the stain is? [more inside]
Laundry Filter: Help me get our yellow pillowcase white again (without bleach). [more inside]
After three washes-and-dryings I want some new 100% cotton t-shirts and boxer shorts to keep shrinking but I get the feeling they're not gonna. Am I right? [more inside]
I just did a small load of laundry and a pen (without cap) was in it. [more inside]
How can I keep my clothes from fading after washing them? [more inside]
[LaundryFilter] I need help de-wrinkling and de-linting my clothes and towels! [more inside]
My top loading washer might be dead, can you help? [more inside]
How do I remove dirt stains on pants? [more inside]
Can anyone recommend a reliable pick up/delivery wash and fold laundry service in NYC? [more inside]
I’m taking a one-week vacation in Montreal this May and I want to travel light by bringing four days’ worth of clothes with me instead of seven. So I’m looking for a recommendation for a laundry where I can drop off a few days’ worth of dirty clothes in the morning and pick them up clean later that same day. [more inside]
How do you keep your laundry system running smoothly in a bi-level (or larger) house? I want to hear how others have set up hampers, etc or otherwise established a system to efficiently move clean and dirty clothes to and from the laundry room. [more inside]
How do I get the smell out of the armpits of my t-shirts? [more inside]
Sometimes after I buy a shirt there's this sudden fold that happens along front placket. I can iron it, but it takes time and ends up not looking nice and just comes back anyway. What is likely causing this to happen? Is there any way for me to prevent it? Here's a picture.
I could use some help figuring out how to phrase a request that my boyfriend give his bedding a spin in the laundry. We're pretty newly minted, and I understand the need for tact here, but I am blanking on the best way to say this. [more inside]
What's the best way to remove stains from a shirt that has been washed over and over? (And anyone from NYC ever find that their shirts come out worse after washing?) [more inside]
What's the best way to get ground-in dirt out of a water-resistant coat? [more inside]
How do you stop clothes dye from bleeding? [more inside]
We have laundry maladies. It seems like my washer might not be draining properly, and it's lint central in my dryer. What can I do about this? [more inside]
Why do parts of my clothes curl up after being washed and dried? [more inside]
Do I really have to use "HE" detergent in our new front-loader? [more inside]
Should we put a misbehaving dryer in permanent time out? [more inside]
Remember those egg-shaped handle-powered washing machines that were advertised on infomercials in the '90s? Has anyone actually used one? Did it actually work? And in these electricity-conscious, water-saving times, has the concept of a human-powered hand-washing machine evolved into something a bit, well, less daggy? [more inside]
How can I stretch my jeans that shrunk after I washed them? [more inside]
I left the collar stays in my shirt when I sent it to the laundry, and now there are marks on the collar. How do I get rid of the marks? [more inside]
Which is better for the environment: a second rinse with vinegar or drying with something aside from dryer sheets? [more inside]
Any tried and true solutions/methods for removing deodorant build-up from the armpit area of T-shirts?
Any tried and true solutions/methods for removing deodorant build-up from the armpit area of T-shirts? [more inside]
How do I remove awful, greasy restaurant smells from my clothing? I work eight hours a day at a small, enclosed cafe. I come home smelling of this particular mixture of grease and cafe food (not in a delicious way). It comes off of me in the shower--but after eight months of this the smell seems to be inexorably attached to my clothing. How do I get rid of it? [more inside]
When doing the wash, I refuse to mix my laundry with towels that our puppy has peed on, for fear that my clothes will somehow end up smelling like pee afterward, even if only faintly. My roommate, on the other hand, thinks this is completely irrational and that you can mix anything in the laundry because the soap and hot water get it all clean anyway. So, neutral third party, I ask you: who is in the right? [more inside]
How do I clean a sheepskin? [more inside]
Stain Removal Filter: Help me get a rust stain out of a bathing suit! [more inside]
help! I adore gradual self-tanning lotion, but it's turning my laundry yellow! [more inside]
Please help me find a way to easily figure out a cost analyst for a specialty linen business... [more inside]
Line laundry smells awesome and rack laundry... doesn't. Why? [more inside]
The communal washing machines in my apartment building are worthless. They don't remove any sort of stain or spill, regardless of solubility or severity. When I remove the wet clothes from the washer, nasty stripes and splotches of lint cover my clothes (especially obvious on darks). Is there a specific complaint I can make to my landlord, or should I just give up and go to a laundromat? [more inside]
I want a rotary clothesline for my back yard. But the area in which I want to put it has concrete laid down already, so I'd like the clothesline to be freestanding rather than slotted into concrete as such clothesline usually are. Where can I find a freestanding rotary clothesline? I need to be able to either buy it in Toronto or have it shipped there.
I have this white/cream dress made out of a viscose lace. I just discovered a faint stain of what I think is coffee or tea or something. [more inside]
Why did someone steal my socks? [more inside]
Help me find an honest, reliable person to come to my apartment and iron my clothes. I'm in Manhattan, Upper East. [more inside]
Why do T-shirts become wider and shorter over time, and not the reverse? And is there any minimal-effort way to avoid this? [more inside]
Proud mavens: help me find a new washer and dryer! [more inside]
I recently bought a beautiful burgundy sweater coat. Unfortunately, I failed to notice the wash & care instructions, which state "Hand wash cold/separately." How exactly does one go about hand washing a large piece of clothing? The tag says "93% acrylic, 5% polyester, 2% wool." Is there any other way I can get this garment cleaned? Would Woolite be an option? Dry cleaning?
Must I really wash my sweat-resistant 'technical' athletic clothing in cold water and then line dry as instructed on the label? If I put it in with the rest of my stuff that gets washed warm and machine-dried, will I ruin it?
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]
I've come to realize that I am not paying as much attention to detail as I should when I drop off shirts at my dry cleaners. It seems like I end up losing 3 or 4 shirts a year to the ebb and flow of having my shirts laundered. Is this truly because of my lack of attention or do others have the same problem? How common it is for shirts to be lost at the dry cleaners? Beyond a greater attention to the checkin and checkout of shirts, does anybody have any advice on stemming the tide of lost shirts?
Looking for a central Long Island (Nassau County) drop off/pick up laudromat. Not looking exactly for cheap (though that's nice) but value. Tired of wasting hours waiting for machines to finish. [more inside]
Can I do laundry with just ammonia alone? [more inside]
How do I de-stink the armpits of my sweaters? [more inside]
why are my blue sheets fading to grey? [more inside]