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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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How to label socks

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 ...
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Best way to fold a shirt for a lazy bachelor

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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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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Clothespin alternatives

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 ...
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Dehumidify a room for drying laundry

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 ...
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How to remove ball pen marks from the clothes?

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)...
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How do I keep my shirt collars from folding the wrong way?

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 ...
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How to clean a baseball cap?

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 :) ...
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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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How to remove pigments from white clothes that have been accidentally laundered with strong colors clothes?

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 ...
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Dehumidify a room for drying laundry

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, ...
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How to label socks

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... ...
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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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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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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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How to remove Sweat stains from clothing?

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 ...
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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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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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How to remove pigments from white clothes that have been accidentally laundered with strong colors clothes?

The solution to this is to put everything white back through the wash immediately, before the items are dry, preferably on the hottest wash they can take. Having made my partner's cricket whites pale ...
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How to clean a baseball cap?

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 ...
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How do I prevent my shirt sleeves from twisting in the washer?

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. ...
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How to clean a baseball cap?

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 ...
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How can I neutralize the odours of certain washing detergents?

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 ...
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