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It would still be some work, but maybe sewing a colored thread, just a few stitches, could do the trick. This would have the added benefit of not fading when being washed. And you could give each family member its own color (or possibly two; one for light colored socks, and one for dark colored socks).


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I hang all my t-shirts on hangers in a closet. They are never wrinkled (provided I pull them out of the dryer soon after it turns off).


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First off, you need to determine what kind of ink stain you're dealing with. Not all pens with a ball are actual "ballpoint" pens. Traditional ballpoint pens (like the ubiquitous Bic and Paper Mate) use a fast-drying, oil-based ink that requires a solvent to remove.1 Rollerball pens, on the other hand, (common manufacturers include Uni-Ball and Pilot), ...


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I do laundry while camping often and clothespegs truly are a good solution to the problem of securing laundry. That said, you have some options. First, consider using the clothes to secure themselves. For example, unbutton a pair of pants, then close the button up around the line so it hangs. It won't dry as fast as if it was pegged out, but it will be ...


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Removing humidity from the air is an energy intensive process. Further, while your clothes will dry faster in a lower humidity environment, they will still dry in a humid environment. Increasing the airflow, even on humid days, will significantly speed up drying. The clothes are still more damp than the air, so moving more air past them will remove water ...


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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 to invest in a whole load of small washcloths/towels (Ikea has packs of ten for 3€ / £3 / $4 and they can be washed very hot and dumped into the drier, for ...


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Not sure right now of how to prevent this, but I know a hack to fix it with a straightening iron. Get the crease you want with your hands as good as you can. Now straighten the crease just like it is hair (you've probably seen a girl do this on TV, or maybe in person). This will keep the creases straight and may help it stay that way too. Image from ...


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If you afraid that just putting it in the washing machine can damage your cap or just don't have a washing machine, you can fill your washing bowl with hot water and add some soap or... shampoo :) Scrub your cap with some brush. Images from wikihow: source source After washing, remove the soap from your cap with water and dry it with a ...


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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 problem limiting the effectiveness of the following suggestions. On the other hand the effects you see might also be called "a feature", since they are comfortable ...


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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 or has even developed mold spots. With wet laundry, you want to separate the individual pieces and ensure quick drying and good ventilation. If you need a ...


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If the clothes can tolerate chlorine bleach, that should be effective, since they were white to start. Scrubbing small spots with dish-washing detergent and toothbrush works if the color is only a small area.


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An electric dehumidifier would reduce humidity, but would not necessarily be more efficient than a clothes dryer. Calcium chloride is sold as a dehumidifier, but it quickly "fills up" with water, forming a semi-liquid mess, so it would be of no help for your application. If you have a furnace-room where there is a hot water heater or furnace that runs most ...


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Get a white permanent marker - Sharpie makes a couple, one with a fine point, one medium, or Pentel Pilot Super Colour in white with a medium tip. Link is to UK Amazon, but it does show the pen... http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pilot-Super-Colour-Medium-Marker/dp/B000OZLKW8/ref=pd_bxgy_229_img_y


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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 be someone who comes to your home just for that purpose; or it may be something else. This would still take a little bit of time. You have to drop off your ...


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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? How much time does it cost you to take out the garbage bags? How much time do you need to work to earn the money for those? Looking at the great picture, you ...


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Personally, I've found that antiperspirants create stains that are significantly more noticeable than those from the sweat itself. If you use antiperspirants, perhaps try switching to a deodorant instead as a preventative measure. As for the clothes, try Vanish Oxi Action (other Sodium Percarbonate based cleaners are available!). It's pretty cheap, and ...


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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 cleaner running with its tube as its soft or hard tubular end and hold the end next to or under the filter when you lift it out. If you can not do it at the same ...


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Things I try that I know work: Put them in such a way that they do not wrap around the spinning portion of the washer. This can be done by putting heavier clothing in with it or washing it by itself. Try putting your washer on a gentler setting. This can stop the washer from twisting the clothing. Pulling the sleeves inside the shirt and tying the sleeves ...


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The cap has no oil stain, which is good. I recommend power washing with a hose. Because fabric on the bill of the cap is not flexible, the dirt cannot be worked out, and rubbing the bill of the cap may set the dirt. Power washing with hot water will flush the dirt out. Add soap and rinse the soap through the stiff parts of the cap, then rinse again to get ...


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Wash the items again, with your normal soap, plus half a cup of baking soda. It would help to use the soaking cycle on the washing machine too, and lemon juice and vinegar can't hurt. If it's not enough, run another cycle with baking soda. I use baking soda on teenagers' sweaty socks and undershirts and jiu-jitsu uniforms, and they come out smelling ...


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The first thing to do is not wet it - let it dry out completely, take a stiff brush (something like a vegetable washing brush or a stiff nail brush), go outside with the cap and scrub at the mud till you've got most of it off. Provided its only mud, most will come off - my cap's black, so that's all I need to do, although if it still looks a bit 'grey', I ...


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Try iron-on labels. They are similar to your printed labels, only it takes a fraction of the time to iron on a label than to sew on a label! Many people feel that sewed on labels are longer lasting, yet if you use an iron at the correct temperature and keep the iron on the garment for the proper duration, the "glue" in the back of the label will properly ...


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You may try to spill some salt on the area. Salt would drain some oil from backpack. After that, you have to wash your backpack with soap. :/ Sorry for the incident


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There are several options, but none of them come without a significant drawback. Buy socks with snap fasteners. Yes they sell things like that. They are expensive but usually of higher quality. After wearing put the pair together. Use a lot of those laundry bags which are normally used to protect bras and other sensitive textiles during laundry to presort ...


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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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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: Large load: use a capful Medium load: use 2/3 capful Small load: use 1/3 capful My suggestion is to use volume instead of weight to estimate the ...


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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 generous, and although it may be a large one-time expense for the company, it's a lot cheaper than washing all those towels every day or week. EDIT: To keep your ...


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I have that icon on my own washing machine (Hotpoint) - I'm in the UK. It usually means there's more than one option for a selection - for mine, it means there are two options under that particular selection, one at 60deg for 190 minutes, and one at 40deg for 170 minutes. So if you selected the Cotton + symbol, the display will likely ask you to select ...


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