In the last few weeks, blue stains have shown up on my daughter's shirts after washing them. They weren't there before I washed the clothes. They don't show up on anyone else's clothes. I can't get them out. Any ideas about how to get the stains out and how to prevent other shirts from getting stained? [more inside]
posted by TEA
on Oct 18, 2013 -
Brand new Whirlpool AWE 7728 washing machine won't complete the first (empty) cycle, help! [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA
on Mar 7, 2013 -
My dad built a proper pedestal for our new washing machine and dryer. It is 19 inches high. The challenge is getting the washer up onto the pedestal. The washer weighs 232 lbs. It is just the two of us today. I don't want to throw my back out. Neither does he. What equipment or physics tricks can we employ to get this thing up on the pedestal?
posted by jasondigitized
on Feb 17, 2013 -
I have cotton napkins, some 100 percent, some 65 percent. And it says on the label to wash them in cold.
I want to make sure that when my child puts the napkin to her mouth that the napkin is sanitary. But I'm wondering if washing them in cold takes all the microbes out. I'm not only talking about the food, but what about my wash machine which may have just washed our family underpants. Is this common practice? Or am I missing something? Am I supposed to be washing the napkins in a bucket instead?
I wanted the convenience of washing in the washing machine, but if that is not sanitary I will do the bucket. Also, if I can do it in the machine, should I do it in warm to make sure microbes are gone? Or is cold best? Also, should I line dry or do it in the dryer.
Thanks in advance for your help.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh
on Jan 24, 2013 -
Did I just ruin my pizza stone? I washed it in water and was then told that was a big no-no...so how bad is it and is there a way to recover from it?
Any other pizza stone cleaning/storage tips would be appreciated!
posted by man down under
on Jan 6, 2013 -
I am looking for a clothes washing machine to fit into a relatively small apartment's bathroom. The bathroom was not originally intended for the installation of a washing machine, though there is just barely sufficient space, so I'm looking for something that is sort of tall and narrow, or shallower than normal in dimensions, not cube shaped like the typical front loading machine. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus
on May 27, 2012 -
I have a 100% silk pillowcase. After washing how the instructions told me to (in cold water and hanging it up to air dry) it feels stiff. How can I get it to feel soft and silky again? The instructions said not to dry it. Thanks!
posted by skjønn
on May 6, 2012 -
My lovely boyfriend did me the wonderful favour of doing my laundry for me while i was at work! Unfortunately, that favour included machine washing and drying a 100% silk dress, and a 100% wool sweater. Help! (he also saw the not-so-nice underwear and the spanx, but that's a whole other story.) [more inside]
posted by Kololo
on Feb 13, 2012 -
What's the best way to wash a pair of vintage men's jeans? I bought a pair of deadstock dungarees on Etsy, and they are stiff enough to stand up on their own. The color is great, and the fit is okay, but I'd like to soften them up a bit without causing them to shrink. Help!
posted by pxe2000
on Feb 4, 2012 -
How do I keep my blankets from shedding lint all over the place? (Alternatively, please help me find blankets that do not shed.) [more inside]
posted by hypotheticole
on Dec 29, 2011 -
We have no water pressure and may be without it for some time, which makes showering difficult. What can we do about this? By which I mean (a) what can we do to get our water pressure back, and, in the meantime, (b) what are some tips and tricks to keeping clean without a working shower? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Dec 16, 2011 -
I have some cotton pants
that I just washed for the first time (prior to now, I've worn only wool pants that were dry cleaned or jeans that were very sparingly machine washed). The new cotton pants were washed on the cold cycle and came out of the dryer (warm or hot, can't remember, but the pants are machine washable/dryable) with large patches of faded-looking spidery marks on the legs. I've ironed the pants, with lots of sprayed water, but the marks are still there. Have I ruined them, or is there something that can be done to get them back to a nice even navy blue all over?
posted by The Michael The
on Sep 5, 2011 -
There are three
things going on in the men's room at work that irk me. Fellow men, am I right to be annoyed at the spoliation of the safe haven that is the gentlemen's convenience, or am I being unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Jul 28, 2011 -
How should I wash or clean these garments? - a silk Tibetan shirt, a lambswool cardigan, a guernsey wool jumper, raw denim jeans [more inside]
posted by Not Supplied
on Jun 18, 2011 -
How can I get stains (old and new) out of polyester tablecloths? I can't bleach them because they're colored, and I've tried Shout gel as well as making a paste of detergent - the stains remain.
posted by suchatreat
on Apr 8, 2011 -
I'm interested in dishwashing practices in the developing world. If you were one of roughly the half of the people in the world without running water in your home
, how might you wash your dishes? What kind of set up would you have? Are sinks common even if you collect water from a public well or water truck
? Or would you have a washbasin/plastic tub? On a countertop, table, or floor? Cloth or tarp outside? Would you use non-potable water to do the washing up? Save the graywater for next time or for other cleaning tasks? [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic
on Dec 8, 2010 -
Which is less sanitary: not washing your hands after using the bathroom; or not drying your hands after washing your hands? [more inside]
posted by mrgrimm
on Oct 29, 2010 -
I make kale chips using organic kale (from local health food store) and my dehydrator often. I hate
washing kale. It takes forever. Could I really do my body serious harm through my laziness? How likely is this?
posted by long haired child
on Sep 25, 2010 -
Moving house: our new appartment comes with its own refrigerator and washing machine. We can store our own fridge and washing machine in a shed in my mothers yard. How can I best protect the machines against moist conditions and subzero (Celcius) temperatures in winter?
posted by charles kaapjes
on Sep 10, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
How should I clean a grimy scruffy pair of rope-soled canvas slip-ons without ruining it? (These TOMS
are the shoes in question)
posted by hellopanda
on Jun 12, 2010 -
I bought a second-hand swimsuit. I know, ew, but I'm on a budget and this suit fits much, much better than anything I could afford to buy new. It looks and smells clean and seems very lightly worn. What's the best way to to wash/sterilise it so as to a) not catch anything gross and b) not feel so squicky about putting it on? [more inside]
posted by embrangled
on Dec 29, 2009 -
I am clueless in the laundry room. I know nothing about stain removal and very little about sorting, what settings to use on my washer, what needs to air-dry, how to prevent things from shrinking, etc. Teach me how to do laundry like a grownup! [more inside]
posted by beandip
on Sep 19, 2009 -
Is there some practically compelling reason to get a much more expensive front loading washer? I see top loading Energy Star rated washers for around $350; the cheapest front loader starts around $600. [more inside]
posted by raikkohamilonso
on Sep 17, 2009 -
I've only found help on how to Shrink stuff, not how to avoid it.
So the American Apparel medium t-shirts are too big for me even after a wash, but their small shirts are perfect pre-wash. They are 100% cotton and I'm wondering what I can do to not have them shrink at all. Can I hand wash them gently with detergent and then hang dry? Any experience or anecdotes would be great!
posted by huxley
on Feb 24, 2009 -
Does anyone know details of the Energy Star rebate in the Stimulus bill? I was going to buy a new washing machine today, but I'm wondering if my purchase would count if the bill isn't signed yet. And knowing how much the rebate would be may make a difference in the model I pick.
posted by saffry
on Feb 14, 2009 -
Why is my shower pump suddenly starting up when the shower is off but hot water is used elsewhere? Can it be stopped? [more inside]
posted by tulipwool
on Feb 8, 2009 -
Washing Machine troubleshooting fun! Sometimes-not-working-pump! [more inside]
posted by sdis
on Jan 12, 2009 -
Recommendations needed for stackable, energy saver, low water washing machine/dryer combo [more inside]
posted by spicynuts
on Sep 30, 2008 -
My roommate/friend has no idea how to wash dishes, but he thinks he does, and I'm worried for my health! [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Sep 26, 2008 -
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]
posted by schroedinger
on Sep 3, 2008 -
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]
posted by sararah
on May 9, 2008 -