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Drying clothes: windy but cold outside vs warm(ish) inside?

The best hard facts are the ones you establish for yourself under your specific conditions. One experiment is worth a thousand good opinions. — Bill Nye, the science guy. Determine which ...
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Drying clothes: windy but cold outside vs warm(ish) inside?

Assuming that it’s dry outside, windy and cool is always better than stagnant air. The rate of evaporation depends on two factors: The absolute amount of water the air can hold and The difference ...
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Washing face towels

If you are acne-prone, you should change washcloths and towels very frequently, possibly every day, not just when you feel they are getting "dirty". My personal "hack" for a similar situation1 was ...
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How can I remove my dryer's lint filter without creating a mess?

Several things come to mind. Put something under the filter to catch the falling dust, a piece of cloth will do, as will a sheet of paper like a part of a page of a news paper. Have your vacuum ...
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My son's socks are stiff

If the socks are "soaked from his working everyday", I assume they are soaked in sweat. Sweat contains salt, which crystalizes when it dries, making the socks hard. It can also dissolve ...
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What causes these marks on my chinos, and how can I get rid of them?

These problems are actually connected. The first problem is that the cotton used is very likely short staple, so as not to say cheap, low weight, low quality cotton. That represents a systemic ...
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How to dry clothes without clothes line or laundry dryer

I don’t recommend any method that leaves wet laundry in a pile - if you are lucky, it will just take quite long, but more likely than not you will end up with a stinky humid pile that needs rewashing ...
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Reducing laundry

If you have the money, you can hire a service to do your laundry for you. This may be a local dry cleaner / laundry service; it may be a neighbor who needs extra money and has a washer-dryer; it may ...
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Reducing laundry

I propose a change in your general approach. You write you use disposable plates and towels to reduce the time expended to wash them. How much time are you expending to go shopping for those in turn? ...
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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'm going to suggest you rephrase your question into something more specific at the top, something like "Given that I get a urinary tract infection (UTI) when I wash my gym clothes with laundry ...
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Tumble-drying a fitted sheet without getting other things tangled in it

Just get some chip clips and fold the fitted sheet in half, holding it with the clips.washes and dries just fine.
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Measuring laundry load weight to determine right amount of detergent to use

Frankly, I'm surprised your brand expects you to know the weight of your laundry to use their product. Every brand I use specifies a fraction of a cap-full based on the volume of the load. For example:...
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What are the other substitutes for an iron?

Hanging in the bathroom while you take a hot shower. Place under a heavy object like a book (for a while, like overnight)
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An alternative (cheaper) option than offering towel service at the gym

You can give every employee 2 or 3 towels for free. The catch is that they have to wash them themselves, and they have to remember to bring them to the gym. Most employees will see the gift as ...
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How to prevent washing machine jumping up and down when washing quilts or blankets

The machine has to be stable and level. Most washing machines have 4 feet that are adjustable in height. Place a spirit level on top of the machine. Adjust the feet until all 4 feet are firmly on ...
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How to dry clothes without clothes line or laundry dryer

Put two chairs about 4 to 6 feet apart. Get some twine or light rope and run a dozen or more lengths of twine between the two chairs. Tie securely on both sides. Put newspaper or brown paper bags on ...
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Transporting a used fridge and washing machine

I don't think that you would need to wrap in cling film. If it is a hot day and you start to sweat this could become a nightmare. All of my experience (moving 5-6 fridges/ washing machines in my life) ...
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Reducing laundry

You can reuse clothes more often. As an example, I go running for 10-20 km twice or three times a week, and after the first run I often just hang my clothes to air/dry instead of washing them. Yes, ...
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How can you store leftover collar stays ("bones")?

I used to keep them in an empty pill bottle. Put a masking tape label on it, with "collar stays" or similar, and keep it in your sock drawer. Then try to establish the habit of pulling out your ...
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How to make a yellowish white shirt become perfectly white again

There are essentially two types of bleach, chlorine & oxygen. I assume you have tried the first, but not the second. Chlorine bleach is the most common - the one that smells like a really strong ...
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How to Prevent and Fix Shrinking Cashmere

To prevent shrinking you need to wash it in cold water and move it as little as possible until it's completely dry. Any wool, merino or cashmere is made of animal hair. Hair is a long string of ...
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How to prevent my socks from becoming dry and rigid?

You need to add fabric softener to your washing steps, after using the detergent fill up the laundry machine with water again and pour the instructed quantity of fabric softener, let the laundry do ...
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How to remove static from clothes and self?

Any static charge gained in the dryer will be lost on the first grounded object you touch. Your issue is due to subsequent build-up of charge, either from lack of fabric conditioner, which contains ...
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How to prevent washing machine jumping up and down when washing quilts or blankets

Assuming a top loader, if the washing machine is "jumping" then your load balance is uneven. This will cause your washing machine to fail eventually. However you do it, your wash load should be ...
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Reducing laundry

To reduce the time spent on laundry, buy more clothes. Instead of having one set and washing them after every use: get enough sets of gym clothes to do laundry once a month. Consider wearing clothes ...
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Removing deodorant build up from t-shirts

According to A Cleaner World (a professional dry-cleaners' site), Here’s how we suggest combating the impact of both perspiration and antiperspirant on your clothes: Check out the ...
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My son's socks are stiff

With regard to socks, they usually get dirty only with sweat, dust and dead skin cells. Therefore, any normal washing should remove the stiffness. I washed socks manually many times, with good success....
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How to remove static from clothes and self?

You can always remove static from yourself by simply touching the ground with your hand as this will discharge any charge that is present on your body. Also, if you're working with computers and ...
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Prevent scruffy towels

Historically, laundry (including towels) was hung on clothes lines in the outdoors where the wind and other elements would jostle the clothes sufficiently to soften them up. In the absence of a yard ...
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How to remove the smell of Lenor Unstoppables from clothing?

You obviously have a strong opponent here - designed to stick to the fabric for weeks according to the manufacturer. So pretend to "use" it: Wash repeatedly, as hot and "rough" as the fabric will ...
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