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]
Grownup has never washed a nice sweater. Help. [more inside]
My dogs destroyed the house while I was shopping, how long do I have for damage control? Football filter of all things. [more inside]
Laundry hacking for someone whose skin is hypersensitive to detergent residue. [more inside]
What are some creative ways to give rolled coins as a gift? [more inside]
I don't normally wash my clothes after each wearing. I'm lazy/cheap and I hate wastefulness. But I also don't like to fold them up and put them back in the drawer, because even a little smell or dust will negatively effect the surrounding clean clothes. Both my boyfriend and I do this, and we do not have a good place to put these limbo clothes in our apartment. Where/how do we store our not clean, not dirty clothes?
I have a short sleeve shirt that consistently comes out of the drier "bumpy" all over. There is a very repetitive pattern on the shirt like a checkerboard. The pattern alternates bumps and depressions. I can easily get the bumps out by ironing the shirt, but I'm lazy and would much rather just dry the shirt. Is there anything I can do to avoid the pattern? Or, should I just give up and relegate the shirt to my "do not wear because it's too hard to clean" bin? The shirt is 81% polynosic rayon and 19% polyester.
Will dry-cleaning cause my comforter cover to be colorfast? [more inside]
Two part laundromat question - transportation and getting ripped off. [more inside]
How much is it worth to you to have a washer/dryer in your building? [more inside]
How does hotel laundry work? [more inside]
Person A forgets to empty pockets of his/her jeans before laundry day. Person B forgets to check pockets of clothes before washing them. Item C in Person A's pockets is ruined. Who's at fault? [more inside]
Laundry Filter: often when shopping for clothes the dealbreaker is something about the washing instructions such as dryclean only, hand wash, lay flat to dry, etc. But I know that sometimes these recommendations can be ignored. The question is, how do I know when? [more inside]
Say you're doing a production of Merry Wives of Windsor and you've gotten to Act III, Scene 3. Now ask yourself, where are you going to find a buck basket? [more inside]
Has anyone had any success with removing sweat / antiperspirant combo stains? [more inside]
Can anyone reccomend a fluff 'n fold north of Culver City in Los Angeles. [more inside]
I dried a load of laundry without the lint filter. What have I done to my dryer? [more inside]
Detergent for front-loading washing machine - is there some available that's as innocuous as Cheer Free? [more inside]
Sometime during the last hour or so, half of my clothes have disappeared from my building's communal laundry facilities. What do I do? [more inside]
Laundry Renovation (filter): My wife and I have sold a kidney and are renovating our laundry. The choice of clothes dryers is overwhelming. Can anyone provide me with personal experiences with condenser dryers versus tumble dryers? [more inside]