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November 14, 20080 found this helpful

For musty smell, add 1 cup ammonia with laundry detergent and wash as usual.

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November 10, 2006

This is a little something that I do to save me time, money, and sanity. As soon as I take my pants off for the day, I look through all my pants pockets and remove change, papers, and Chapsticks.

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Then I button and zip my pants.

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February 21, 2006

When doing laundry for my 5 boys, sorting is easy: each boy's clothing item is marked on the "collar" area with the first initial of their name, in permanent marker.

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October 4, 20180 found this helpful

Stained clothing is not always treated and laundered right away. To help remind yourself to deal with the stain when washing the item, try either tying a knot where the stain is or gently tying the piece of clothing in a loose knot. This is a guide about remembering to treat stained clothing.

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March 29, 20180 found this helpful

If you have a laundry room or other shared facilities for washing and drying clothes, there are ways to protect your items from theft or damage. This is a guide about sharing laundry facilities with others.

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December 8, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about keeping track of clothing that shouldn't be dried. Some articles of clothing can be ruined if run through the drier.

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December 8, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about keeping your laundry detergent caps clean. Liquid detergent is notorious for leaving messy gooey drips on the outside of the bottle when poured.

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December 7, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about washing jeans. There are a few useful laundering tricks that can help you extend the life of you jeans and keep them comfortable to wear.

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December 7, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about preparing clothing for washing. Taking the time to prepare your clothing prior to adding it to the washer can help prevent snags or tearing.

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March 29, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about emergency laundry detergent substitutions. It is frustrating to have just loaded the washer only to discover you are out of detergent.

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January 12, 20150 found this helpful

This is a guide about removing Kleenex from clothing. If you have ever forgotten to take a Kleenex out of your pocket before putting the item into the wash, you know how frustrating it is to remove the paper bits and lint that are left behind.

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February 19, 2012

When putting my laundry in the wash I put all my socks in a mesh bag and also a seperate mesh bag for my underwear. When it comes out of the dryer, it is already seperated to be put away.

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October 4, 2010

Keep a can punch in the laundry room. This is a great tool for opening those boxes of laundry detergent without ripping your fingernails.

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January 29, 2009

Before washing clothes which have a drawstring at the waist (or anywhere for that matter), stitch across it down the middle of the back. If you don't sew, a safety pin will do the trick.

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I had many of those drawstrings and cords to get pulled back into the opening, before I started doing this.

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April 11, 20050 found this helpful

Set your oven timer when you put a load of clothes in the washer. If left crumpled up in the washing machine, they'll develop more wrinkles, and colors will bleed more.

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November 14, 20040 found this helpful

I hang shirts and blouses on hangers to dry after washing. Most cotton shirts can be softened up for wearing by putting in the dryer with a dryer sheet for only about 10 minutes and then rehanging on the hanger. This saves you money on your energy bill! By SueKaf

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October 26, 20040 found this helpful

Dry place mats by hanging them over the side of the bathtub. They dry flat and straight and don't need ironing.

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September 23, 2004

I read the tip about using oven cleaner to get out stains. I have a much safer alternative than oven cleaner for laundry stains.

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July 23, 2007

I accidentally washed a pen inside of my shorts pocket in a FULL load of laundry, containing my daughters adorable clothes and my husbands work clothes. I need to get it out. Open to any suggestions? I have tried many things but none seem to work. Please help. All clothes are stained.

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By SunshineRose (Guest Post)
July 23, 20070 found this helpful

I am not sure if this will work after the clothes have gone though the wash but before it is washed use hairspray.

spray it on like a prewash. also takes ink off hands if sprayed on and let sit a moment or two before washing hands.

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July 26, 20070 found this helpful

I agree hairspray sometimes work for ink stains in clothes but if there is a lot of ink in one area it won't work and it will make the stain worse.. Go to the cleaners they may be able to help...

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By Jay Jay (Guest Post)
July 27, 20070 found this helpful

I have successfully removed ink from a white shirt using rubbing alcohol. It is inexpensive and worth trying.

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By karen (Guest Post)
July 27, 20070 found this helpful

I got magic marker out of my marker with purell hand santisizer. the marker was dark blue and my carpet seafoam green. worked like a whiz!!!

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By Lynda (Guest Post)
July 29, 20070 found this helpful

You TRULY have your work cut out for you. Wear thick kitchen rubber gloves, and when you find which works out of these suggestions, take your time, using plenty of paper towels to soak up what ink is released, before applying soap or re-washing/drying because it will set the stain MORE.

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It may cost you a lot to try, but use only one bottle of something, and give it plenty of TIME to work, but not letting the spot DRY OUT. Stay close, observe every ten minutes, set your timer, don't leave them long.
If it were mine, I'd try on DRY clothes only, one place with WD-40, another with the Hand Sanitizer, another with straight alcohol, another with Ultra Dawn II, and use double/triple paper towel padding below each stain, changing the towel pads with every single product/scrub with the back of a spoon handle, but not too much as to damage the threads.
If much of the stain from one product comes out, leaving a residue, try using the alcohols/soaps last.
You may have to do this several times on each stain, which is where all your labor will come from.
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Stay calm, or you could damage something. Dedicate a whole day to the project and use common sense about it, staying alert to exactly what you used, keeping in mind that the TYPE of fabric is very important. Example: If all Cotton, it will frey with more rubbing, taking longer to release the ink. If synthetic, it shouldn't be as difficult to remove.If denim, it will be the toughest, unless the ink is blue! If light colored, and the ink permanent, it's lost, in my opinion. AS a LAST resort, try LesToil and/or OxyClean as directed to remove oils/soaps/minute stain residues. Good luck and may God help you. : )

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July 30, 20070 found this helpful

Use sour cream or yougurt. Put either directly on a stain and rub or use a toothbrush. Rinse and repeat.

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It will not make things worse. Try it. Also it is not toxic. It worked for me.

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September 8, 20050 found this helpful

Tips to help you organize your home's laundry. Post your ideas.

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September 8, 20050 found this helpful

Use colored plastic hangers. Give every family member a different color. That way it's easy for everyone to find and put away their own clothes. (Yes I actually do this and it works great for me.)

Consider using specific colors of towels and wash rags for different bathrooms (and the kitchen).

By handysmurf

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By April (Guest Post)
September 8, 20050 found this helpful

I keep my dresser in my laundry room. Who ever said a dresser has to be in the bedroom? That way clothes are washed, dried and put away as I fold them. Of course this would not be possible if you have a big family or your dresser matches your bed. It works great for me!

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September 30, 20050 found this helpful

Do a load of laundry every day if you are lucky enough to have a washer and dryer at home. I like to start a load before I go to bed, change it into the dryer in the morning. Next evening, I empty the dryer, start new load of wash, and fold and put away yesterday's clean stuff. When I empty the dryer, I dump the clothes on the bed, so I can't get in without tending to it!

By Linda

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By debbie (Guest Post)
October 1, 20050 found this helpful

this also saves money, as the electricity used to heat the water, and run the washer and dryer are cheaper at night rates. i find that the gentle swishing sound helps lull me to sleep. one word of caution though. i would never run the dryer at night due to risk of fire while you're sleeping. also, this won't work if you work outside the home in the AM or have early morning errands or appointments for the same reason; and if you forget to dry a load in the morning the clothes will start to sour and have to be rewashed. not a time or money saver.

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September 7, 20070 found this helpful

Does anyone have any tips for doing laundry in hard water?

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Anna

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August 21, 2010

What is good for heavy stains on laundry? I would prefer to use a natural product.

By Anastasia from Berkeley, CA

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November 27, 2013

How do I prevent the metal snaps from rusting when I wash my bassinet? Please does anyone know the best way to wash something that has metal snaps? I am afraid of them rusting and of course it must be hung to dry.
Also any tips to remove yellowing from age/cigarette smoke?

Thanks so much.

By Amanda Louise S.

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October 10, 2013

I wash my top and bottom sheets and two pillow cases in one large load. I don't know why the sheets end up all twisted like a piece of rope when I go to take them out. Any suggestions?

By Cisco's Mom

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August 13, 20130 found this helpful

Soap remains after cycle is finished. I run it on rinse several times and still have soap bubbles. I do not use too much detergent! I have run it on empty with vinegar and I still get soap bubbles. After four rinse cycles this morning's load is in the bath tub after a good hard shower to get rid of the bubbles.
This is an old washing machine, given to me for my summer house.

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May 5, 2009

Ok, I must confess. This tip is truly from necessity since my dryer's heating element took a vacation, indefinitely! After trying every possible solution to fix the heat in the dryer, I simply turned the gas valve off and began using the auto dry cycle.

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