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Hacks related to doing the laundry: increasing efficiency and ease or tackling other problems.

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How to dry wool clothing indoors

The "official" way is to spread them on a towel. I tried that with wool socks. It takes a long time to dry. I also thought of using the dryer's cold setting where the dryer doesn't heat up the air, ...
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What's so bad with washing different kinds of clothes? [closed]

I always hear that when putting clothes in the washing machine, you shouldn't mix different colors and different types of clothes. However, for my whole life I have been mixing white shirts with red ...
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Removing deodorant build up from t-shirts

My boyfriends t-shirts often get crusty deodorant build up which doesn't go away after washing. Is there an easy, sure-fire way to remove this? Preventative (Bonus round)- My shirts never do this, ...
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Drying clothes: windy but cold outside vs warm(ish) inside?

I know there are a few questions which are similar to this, but I'm asking for facts, about which is definitely better. We have only one clothes rack but we have a lot of laundry to get through. ...
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Reducing laundry

I'm in a training regimen at the moment and have very limited time after work & gym for laundry. I had a similar problem with washing up but managed to find disposable plates & bowls; that ...
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How to Get Detergent Odor Out of Wool Blanket

Just bought a new wool blanket. It has a slight smell of a detergent I associate with Tide. This is a "low" note, something that seems to be impossible or nearly impossible to get out. (This question ...
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Transporting a used fridge and washing machine

I will shortly be moving into my first rented accommodation (finally flying the nest!), and a colleague has offered me their washing machine and fridge/freezer as they are remodelling their kitchen. ...
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How to dry clothes without clothes line or laundry dryer

Because the clothes line was already occupied and we do not have a laundry dryer I was stuck with a load of washed clothes and no place to dry them. What are some alternative ways to dry your clothes? ...
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How can I get the smell out of a Condenser / Heatpump dryer?

I have a heat pump dryer that's stated to smell a bit kind of a mildew smell I suppose. Because of this, I've taken to ensure that the clothes are out of it almost immediately e.g. no leaving ...
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How to prevent washing machine jumping up and down when washing quilts or blankets

I usually mix other clothes with quilts or blankets when I wash them in the washing machine. Sometimes the machine jumps up and down while rotating fast. This doesn't happen all the times so I was ...
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How can I remove my dryer's lint filter without creating a mess?

My new dryer has a large lint filter on the top. When I remove it, lint and dust fall off the filter onto the top of the dryer, and the dust floats off into the air as well. In the second picture ...
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How to remove pen ink from cloth?

I have a denim trouser. I am unable to remove blue pen ink on the pocket area of the trouser. What can I do?
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Is it unsafe to let my dryer ventilate itself into the laundry room? [closed]

My dryer has an external vent that blows outside our house. In the winter months, the laundry room is very cold (has no HVAC) and I was wondering if there is anything wrong with disconnecting the vent ...
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How do I stop the collars on my collared shirts from twisting?

After every wash/dry, the collars on my collared shirts often start to twist in a weird way. Here’s an old shirt showing a crap ton of twisting: which I haven’t been able to permanently remove fully ...
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An alternative (cheaper) option than offering towel service at the gym

We have just got a gym facility at my work, however, we do not currently offer towel service as it is quite expensive. Does anyone know of any alternatives to offering this service? For example, a ...
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Tips on drying your clothes by leaving them in your car during the summer?

Is this safe to do? Will leaving the windows open a crack be sufficient? Are there specific target temperatures for feasibility?
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How to remove mold from suit?

While travelling to a very rainy place in India my luggage had to travel on the roof of the car. Although there was some cover the luggage still got quite wet and before I could do anything about it (...
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What causes these marks on my chinos, and how can I get rid of them?

I have a pair of chinos, which are my most comfortable pair of trousers - the problem is that after the second or third wash, they look like this: Note the white lines, which have formed along more ...
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How do I soften a new set of 400 thread count organic cotton sheets?

I recently purchased a set of 400 thread count organic cotton sheets. They arrived feeling stiff and scratchy. I tried washing them several times, both with detergent and with baking soda, and then ...
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How to make a 100% cotton shirt repel moisture?

I bought a casual 100% cotton button-down shirt the other day from the brand ESP fashion. I live in Bangkok, Thailand and it's crazy hot here at the moment (or any moment), so I figured a white one ...
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Measuring laundry load weight to determine right amount of detergent to use

On my detergent's instructions it says to use x amount of powder per (x)KG of clothes. While there are a bunch of clothes that will be going into the load, how can i determine the right amount of ...
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How can you store leftover collar stays (“bones”)?

Plastic "collar stays" are supposed to be removed from men's shirts when they are being washed and dried. I've been keeping mine in a small plastic bag on a closet shelf above my dress shirts. The ...
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Washing face towels

I have acne prone skin so I use a face towel to dry off my face. When it gets dirty I want to wash it on the highest temperature but I don't want to wash it with anything else that can contaminate it (...
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Cleaning a couple clothes that require cold wash

I generally do my laundry using hot water as it cleans the clothing best. However I have some clothing for sports that can only be washed in cold water. I only have two or three of these items and it ...
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How to Prevent and Fix Shrinking Cashmere

I've recently purchased new cashmere sweaters. To my dismay, after only one or two washes, the sweaters shrunk and are now too small and no longer fit. Prevent How can I prevent cashmere sweaters ...
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What are the other substitutes for an iron?

Assuming I have a rumpled shirt and there's no electricity, how can I press the shirt instead of usual ironing?
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How to keep sheets from tangling and staying wet in the dryer

Sheets in the dryer sometimes get tangled up among themselves, which keeps them from drying evenly because the hot air doesn't reach the moisture inside the twists. Sometimes they also wrap around ...
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How to make a yellowish white shirt become perfectly white again

I have several white shirt and they're in yellowish color. I've tried to boil them with bleach + detergent but it's failed. And also there are rust stain too. How can I make my shirts perfecly white ...
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How to keep my shoes dry and smell-free when I'm living in a tent for 2 months? [duplicate]

I could only remove them for the night, but the weather wouldn't always be dry, and even if it is - it would get moist inside the tent and damp during the night outside. So how do I keep my shoes ...
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How to wash pillow cover stained with body oils?

My pillow cover is very dirty, contains lot of hair oil which over the time pilled from my head. When I wash it with my clothes washing soap, leather do not produce from soap and a scum like ...
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How to prevent my socks from becoming dry and rigid?

Every socks I own quickly end up dry and rigid (2 or 3 months). I am sick to feel like I was folding paperboard after every laundry, or buy a new dozens every month or so. I don't know what the ...
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How to remove static from clothes and self?

I think that because of drying my clothes in dryer, I am recently charged with static. Just now, I "zapped" my colleague just because I was giving him a coin. Obviously, I do not want to be this ...
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Prevent scruffy towels

Currently I'm living on 33 m². That means that there's no space at all for a tumble dryer, meaning I have to dry all wash on a rack. Including, unfortunately, towels. I've noticed that those towels ...
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How to remove the smell of Lenor Unstoppables from clothing?

I've received a baby sleeping bag and it smells VERY strongly of Lenor Unstoppables which the previous owner liked to use. I've tried soaking it with baking soda, with vinegar, and have washed it ...
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how to use bleach in a front-loading washing machine [closed]

I would ideally like to add bleach to some of my washes. I have an Indesit WIB 111 front-loading washing machine. It doesn't seem to have a dedicated bleach dispenser: just pre-wash detergent, ...
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How to get rid of sorting and losing socks after laundry?

Is there a way to get rid of sorting socks after laundry? I hate having to sort them and/or not finding the matching sock. I know that a way is to have only the same socks, but this only is possible ...
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How to remove armpit stains?

I have some white T-shirts where the armpits have stains really hard to remove. They are brown-colored stains. What's the way to remove the stains?
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How to remove tuna oil from backpack?

So despite me telling her a thousand times not to use the crappy plastic food containers, my sister still put my lunch into a crappy plastic food container. My lunch consisted of tuna and had quite a ...
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How would I filter rainwater to substitute having to buy distilled water?

I have recently had a rainwater tank installed and it is connected to my laundry. How would I filter rainwater to substitute having to buy distilled water for certain applications like placing water ...
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How to prevent creases and imprints while hanging clothing to dry to prevent ironing?

Wet clothing has to dry. My only option to get it dry is to hang it. (no dryer) There are a few options to do this, which both get the job done: hang the items of clothing on the line as they are ...
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I need to prevent armpit stains in t-shirts. I want to apply something when I take the shirt off.

I have many solutions for pre-wash cleaning, that's not what I want. I want something that I can apply to the shirt when I take it off and throw it in the hamper. It might sit there for a week before ...
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How to label socks

I sometimes need to label socks either a) to distinguish similar socks belonging to different family members (in which case a coloured mark works fine), or b) to be able to return lost property (in ...
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Eliminate smoke smell from BBQ out of clothing

I was at a BBQ and because of some stronger wind, there was a lot of smoke from the fire so now my clothing is smelling after it. Are there any quick solutions to get the smell of smoke out of ...
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Remove coffee stains

Today I spilled some coffee on my white formal shirt. I tried to wash off the portion with water, soaked the part of shirt in milk(crazy isn't it).. But these two options didn't work. Any ...
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How to remove color bleed stain?

Recently, I bought some new cloths, one of them is a jean, and some other white cloths. By accident, I washed the jeans together with other light colored cloths, and the white cloths got colored. When ...
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How to remove ball pen marks from the clothes?

I got a lot of drawing from ball pens on my clothes. I tried washing them with soap, but that didn't help. How can I successfully remove ball pen marks from my clothes?
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Clothespin alternatives

I usually hang my clothes outside in the Summer, I do this in the winter as well, but I usually hang them inside in the winter. In the summer the wind is a force that can blow your clothes down if not ...
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How to remove Sweat stains from clothing?

In the Summer, you will usually sweat a large amount or a little, at least. This is natural, but the stain that results(especially in white clothing) is annoying and unsightly. What can I do to clean ...
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Dehumidify a room for drying laundry

I currently don't have a dryer, so I have to hang my clothes on drying racks. I also have to do this inside, since I don't have much of a yard outside. How can I make a room less humid, especially on ...
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How to remove pigments from white clothes that have been accidentally laundered with strong colors clothes?

Accidentally I've laundered white socks with a red t-shirt. Now I have pink socks. So my question is: How to remove pigments from white clothes that have been accidentally laundered with strong colors ...