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

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Lenor scent boosters leaving white marks on clothes

Since I started using Lenor (blue) unstoppables in the wash, it’s leaving white spots on dark clothing which if I don’t spot it immediately & ‘rub’ means it needs washing again. I’m following ...
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How to wash and dry oxford shirts?

I am a very frequent wearer of Oxford and madras mens' button-down shirts (particularly from J. Crew; admittedly not the highest quality anymore, but they're relatively affordable compared to other ...
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Are there any sure fire ways to soften up cotton?

Not having much luck with a few 100% cotton bandannas. I tried what online sources recommended such as baking soda and vinegar in various combinations of washing and also I dry them in a dryer to ...
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Has anyone had luck getting chemical smells out of clothing?

My husband came home from the laundromat with a huge bag of our laundry (wet) that just reeked of some laundry detergent (Gain super scented maybe?) with an undernote of some caustic chemical. My ...
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What causes faded lines in jeans?

A lot of jeans in different colors I've bought over the last few years got faded lines after washing. The lines appear directly after washing, and also stay when ironed. I've tried most tips I found ...
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How to mangle bedsheets alone?

My apartment building has a mangle in the drying room. I have been using it, but folding my bed linens has proven difficult. In particular, getting the duvet covers' seams to remain as the edge of the ...
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How to whiten a white shirt with black designs that has turned a discolored white/yellow(ish)

I have a printed (black) graphic T Shirt (white) where the design has held up very well over the years. When I moved all my clothing to my new place, I noticed that many of my shirts (button up blends,...
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How to remove a dent from a baseball cap without getting it wet

I have a baseball cap, which has been signed by two players. On the right side there is a small dent from a crush event, that I haven't been able to correct. I tried leaving it with a bag of rice ...
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Can you normal hand wash (or machine wash) a polyester jacket that has mentioned dry clean only with a typical detergent?

I got a quilted bomber jacket from Amazon. It was mentioned "Care Instructions: Machine Wash" on product page. But later I found out a label inside jacket which says "(P) Dry Clean Only&...
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How can I stop my cloths shrinking?

I live in a student dorm. I wash my clothes in the electric washing machine and then dry them using an automatic tumbler dryer. Each time I dry them, they shrink. Drying racks are not allowed in the ...
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What are the alternatives to dry cleaning a suede jacket?

I have a beautiful, light blue suede jacket that I've had for ~15 years. The cleaning instructions say that the jacket should always be dry cleaned. I've had it dry-cleaned a few times and the tough ...
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How to wash dirty underwear?

I was sick and pooped a bit on my underwear (a bit of diarrhea) How do I clean this? I suppose I shouldn't put it into the washer with other underwears and wash at 30C? Most of my underwears say "...
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Remove unknown white stain (maybe varnish) from polyester shorts

Yesterday I found a translucent, sticky residue on the back of my shorts. It smelt faintly of pine, so I assumed it was pine resin from leaning against a tree somewhere. After washing, however (...
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How and why I am getting this on my jeans?

I been getting these lines on my jeans and I don’t know why. I wash them and tumble dry them. Is it because of washing or drying? Can I fix it? Seem most of jeans have it.
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Given that I get a urinary tract infection (UTI) when I wash my gym clothes with laundry detergent, how should I wash them?

I run/jog quite a lot everyday, and sweat quite a lot. Most of my physical gym clothes are the usual polyester gym shorts and gym shirts. In autumn/fall/winter, I usually wear the usual sweat pants ...
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Is there a "correct" way to put duvet covers in the washing machine?

I have had a couple of instances where I'm washing bedlinens and I find the spin cycle is stuck because everything has ended up packed inside one duvet cover and the machine can't balance the drum. Is ...
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How to wash a shirt with foam inserts?

I am a first-time buyer of boohoo clothing and the shirt I purchased comes with foam inserts to keep the shape of sleeve. The inserts are stitched in and are not removable. Since it is foam I assume ...
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How do I prevent clothing from getting stained in the washer or dryer?

We get stains sporadically appear on specific articles of clothing. The stains appeared on brand new Patagonia brand sweater that we washed for the first time as well as an older t-shirt. The other ...
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A Way To Fix Shrunken Clothes

When I started washing my clothes a long time ago, I washed my mom's hoodie (yes, it is this critical!) and I didn't know that putting it into the dryer would shrink it. Is there a way to undo this?
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My son's socks are stiff

My son's socks are soaked from his working everyday. I turn them inside out wash them in cold water add fabric softener vinegar detergent and they still come out stiff at the toes. Any suggestions?
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How much soap/detergent is optimal to wash your clothes?

What is the best way to determine how much detergent to use to clean my clothes in any average washing machine. Some of the suggested guidelines I've come across are: The published (detergent ...
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How can animal dander be completely removed from clothing?

Normal washing does not completely remove animal proteins embedded in clothing. Is there a substance that can break down the proteins and render them harmless to allergy sufferers without breaking ...
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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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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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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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