Getting Socks Really CleanSocks endure a lot of punishment and can be tough to get clean. This is a page for getting socks really clean.
Preventing Lint on ClothingIf you are tried of having to get out the lint roller after doing a load of wash; try something new. This is a page about preventing lint on clothing.
Removing Food Stains from TableclothsThis is a page about removing food stains from tablecloths. Tablecloths do a good job of protecting a dining table. However, in the process they often get covered with food stains.
Washing Clothes in Well WaterThis is a page about washing clothes in well water. Homeowners who use well water, often experience various difficulties when doing laundry, due to the iron and other minerals sometimes found in the water.
Cleaning Rust Stains From My Washing MachineIt is very frustrating to take a load of clean wash out of the washer only to discover new rust stains from the machine itself on your laundry. This is a page about cleaning rust stains from my washing machine.
Shirts With Stinky Underarms After WashingThis is kinda embarrassing, but my husband's shirts, in the armpits, are very stinky even after I wash them (he's not, just the armpits of the shirts). This is a page about shirts with stinky underarms after washing.
Removing White Lint From Dark LaundryWhite lint spots can easily make freshly washed dark clothes look unwashed. This is a page about white lint all over dark laundry.
Removing Gasoline and Diesel Fuel Odors From ClothingIf you have ever spilled fuel on your clothing, you know that the odor is sometimes difficult to remove. This is a page about cleaning fuel odors from clothing.
Cleaning Clothes That Have YellowedOlder clothing can sometimes yellow with age. This page is about cleaning clothes that have yellowed.
Using Tennis Balls in the DryerThis is a page about using tennis balls in the dryer. Tennis balls are a great alternative to dryer sheets for softening your laundry as it drys.
Getting Your Whites Really WhiteKeeping linens and clothing as white as the day you bought them can be a challenge. This page is about getting whites white.
Clothes Smell Bad After WashingThis is a page about when clothes smell bad after washing. If your freshly washed clothes have a bad or sour smell, some sleuthing may be called for to determine the cause.
Doing Laundry With Dishwashing DetergentLiquid dishwashing products, such as Dawn, are frequently used to hand wash clothing and remove stains. In a pinch if you are out of laundry soap, dishwasher detergent can be used as well as other products. This is a page about doing laundry with dishwashing detergent.
Faded Black ClothingI love the color black and have so many black items that have faded, including pants, jeans, tops, even underwear ... you name it. Is there any way to salvage these clothes and make them darker again? I hate to throw them out because they are still in good condition.
Removing Odors From Clothing That Was...This is a page about removing odors from clothing that was left in the washer. Mildew can grow in damp clothes that have not been dried promptly leaving a stubborn smell.
Alternatives To Dryer SheetsThis page is about alternatives to dryer sheets. We all enjoy static-free, soft laundry, but dryer sheets are not the only way to accomplish this.
Removing Mustard Stains from ClothingThis is a page about removing mustard stains from clothing. Mustard stains are notoriously difficult to remove from clothing. While it may not be easy you can get the stain out and have your clothes looking as good as new again.
Removing Kleenex from ClothingThis is a page 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.
Removing "Permanent" Creases from ClothingThis is a page about removing "permanent" creases from clothing. Often the creases in our clothing resulting from sitting and other activities seem to be permanent, and impossible to remove.
Cleaning Gasoline Smell From ClothingPumping gas or refilling a gas powered mower or tool are all opportunities for an accidental spill onto your clothes. This is a page about cleaning gasoline smell from clothing.
Removing Wrinkles from SheersThis is a page about removing wrinkles from sheers. Sheer curtains often come out of the package with wrinkles from being folded. They may also develop wrinkles when being cleaned.
Best Laundry Soap for Front Load WashersThis is a page about best laundry soap for front load washers. There are laundry detergents made especially for front loading washers. Choosing the best one for your machine can improve its overall performance.
Keeping Well Water from Staining ClothingThis is a page about keeping well water from staining clothing. Well water can contain a variety of minerals that can leave stains on your laundry.
Washing Machine Not Rinsing Soap Out of ClothesI am have a problem with loads of washing not rinsing properly. I never overfill the machine, always use half or less than half the amount of detergent on the box/bottle, clean my machine at least once every 2 months (with either ammonia or soda and vinegar).
Preventing Bleach Stains on ClothingFinding mysterious bleach spots on your laundry, even when no bleach was used is frustrating. This is a page about preventing bleach stains on clothing.
Solutions for Dingy ClothingThis is a page about solutions for dingy clothing. Dingy clothing is a common complaint and one that can often be resolved.
Tiny Holes In ClothingThis is a page about tiny holes in clothing. Sometimes tiny unexplainable holes appear in our clothing, often near the waist. Determining the cause can help save the rest of your wardrobe.
Removing Tar from ClothingGet your clothes back to looking good by getting rid of the tar stain. This is a page about removing tar from clothing.
Keeping Wash Cloths Smelling FreshDoes anyone have any advice on how to keep facecloths smelling fresh? I wash and dry them and the next day they smell musty. When I wash them it's in the hottest water with no softener.
Steam Iron Leaving Black Streaks on ClothingHow can I clean the inside of my steam iron. It is putting a black streak on my white shirts. Help
Disinfecting LaundryThis is a page about disinfecting laundry. Bacteria can multiply in laundry prior to washing. You may wish to disinfect the the wash load as part of the cleaning process.
Making a ClotheslineThis is a page about making a clothesline. Hanging your clothes out to dry is a thrifty and natural way to dry your washed clothing. Making your own clothesline is another way to save money on your laundry expenses.
Keeping Jeans from Getting Wrinkled in the DryerThis is a page about keeping jeans from getting wrinkled in the dryer. No one really wants to iron their jeans because they came out of the dryer wrinkled. There are some easy ways to keep this from happening.
Removing Soap Build Up in LaundryThis is a page about removing soap build up from laundry. Depending on what kind and how much detergent you use in your washer, you can end up with soap residue on your laundry.
Making Bath Towels More AbsorbentThis is a page about making bath towels more absorbent. We buy bath towels to dry off after a bath or shower. Finding that your towels are not absorbent, is very frustrating.
Towels Leaving Lint on Your BodyNew towels can leave lint on your skin after a shower. While quite annoying, this usually stops over time with multiple washings and being dried in the dryer. This is a page about towels leaving lint on your body.
Why Are My Clothes Wrinkled After Washing?This is a page about clothes that are wrinkled after washing and line drying. Using a dryer can help keep clothes from being wrinkled, but it can be hard to avoid if you line dry your clothes. Here are some tips to help keep your clothes from being wrinkled after being washed and line dried.
Using Borax in a Front Load WasherBorax is a cheap magic additive. First it makes the detergent more effective. The clothes will be cleaner and dust mites cannot live in it. Children and adults would eliminate dust mite allergies. But the other great attribute is that it kills 100% of mold.
How to Soften Line Dried ClothingIf you are lucky it will be windy on the days you hang your laundry outside. If not you can soften them by tossing them into the dryer for a few minutes, if you have one. This is a page about how to soften line dried clothing.
Keeping Clothes White In Well WaterHow to get white clothes white washing in well water?
Lint on an Acrylic JacketHow can I remove lint from an acrylic jacket? I washed the jacket with a bath mat and lint from the mat got onto the jacket inside and out. I tried scotch tape, package tape and rewashing, nothing removed the lint.
Removing Wrinkles from Permanent Press ClothingThis is a page about removing wrinkles from permanent press clothing. Even permanent press fabrics can come out of the dryer or drawer with some wrinkles or creases.
Line Drying Clothing Tips and TricksOne way to save money is to line dry your clothing rather than using a dryer. This page contains line drying clothing tips and tricks.
Removing Creases with Vinegar SpraySpray clothes with a mixture of vinegar and water prior to ironing to help remove creases. This is a page about removing creases with vinegar spray.
Extending the Life of Your Washing MachineThis is a page about extending the life of you washing machine. Purchasing a washing machine can be a costly investment. Proper use and maintenance may help to extend the life of your machine.
Eco-Friendly Alternatives To Fabric...This is a page about eco-friendly alternatives to fabric softeners. Reducing static and softening your laundry can be accomplished with natural products without perfumes and dyes.
Making Towels SoftThis is a page about making towels soft. Hard scratchy towels are probably not what you want to use after your shower.
Tips for Good Smelling ClothingThere is nothing nicer than the smell of freshly laundered clothing. This is a page about tips for good smelling clothing.
Using Liquid Fabric SoftenerThis page is about using liquid fabric softener. There are creative ways to use this product to help save you money.
Making a Chain Clothes Drying LineHere's a tip that can save you time drying your clothes. This is a page about chain clothes drying line.
Starching ClothingThis is a page about starching clothing. You will need to use starch to get that crisp look to clothing such as dress shirts.
How to Avoid Pilling on Clothes and SheetsPilling on clothing and sheets can make them look unsightly and feel rough. This page has advice about how to avoid pilling on clothes and sheets.
Folding Fitted SheetsThis is a page about folding fitted sheets. If folding fitted sheets is as frustrating for you as it is for many of the rest of us, don't despair.
Cleaning Slimy WashclothsIf washcloths are reused regularly, they can get slimy and unpleasant from build up from beauty and cleaning products. This is a page about cleaning slimy washcloths.
Cleaning Dog Beds - My Dog Beds Smell BadI have 2 large dog beds that smell badly. Any ideas on ways to clean them? I have sprayed Odor Ban and other pet products that destroy odor however they need a good hard cleaning but are too large to fit into a washing machine.
Reducing Suds in the WasherThis is a page about reducing suds in the washer. Too many suds in the washer is only funny on a sitcom. It is not good for the machine or your laundry.
Removing Sticker Glue From NylonIsopropyl alcohol is often the most effective method of getting rid of sticker residue. Removing sticker glue from nylon may require cleaning it more than once with rubbing alcohol.
Underarm Smell on T-shirtsI have a very embarrassing problem with my t-shirts. They start to smell under the arms even when they are freshly washed. I am using deodorant (tried lots of different brands) and shower everyday, so it cannot be me.
Putting Color Back Into Black GarmentsHow can a black garment be restored to a true black color? My 100% cotton capri pants have a greenish cast to them.
Using Dawn Dish Soap as a Laundry BoosterA little Dawn added to your laundry detergent can make your clothes come out cleaner. This is a page about using dawn dish soap as a laundry booster.
Tiny Holes in T-shirtsWhen the holes in your t-shirt are near the top of your jeans, they may be caused by rubbing against metal buttons. This is a page about tiny holes in t-shirts.
Using Peroxide for Laundry WhiteningWhiten your laundry with hydrogen peroxide rather than bleach. It also works particularly well on protein stains such as blood. This is a page about using peroxide for laundry whitening.
My Dryer is Stealing Fresh Scent from Clothes!I've never had this problem before. I have always used liquid fabric softener when washing my clothes, and they always smell so fresh and clean when I'm transferring the wet clothes from the washer to the dryer. But now, after the load is dry, the fresh smell has dissipated from the clothes.
Homemade Wringer for Hand Washing ClothesThis is a page about homemade wringer for hand washing clothes. Making your own wringer for your hand washing can help speed up the drying time.
Removing Skunk Odor from ClothingThis page is about removing skunk odor from clothing. The stench from skunk spray can be a challenge to remove from fabrics.
Polyester Pants Smell After Wearing a Short TimeI wear work pants made out of 100 % polyester. The problem is my body heat makes them smell. They are washed with detergent, fabric softener and vinegar in hot water and dried all the way. They smell great afterward, yet a few hours into my day and they stink.
Removing Adhesive from ClothesThis is a page about removing adhesive from clothes. Adhesives can be difficult to remove from clothing and may require different approaches depending on the specific type.
Using a Front Loading WasherThis is a page about using a front load washer. Front load washers have lots of economical advantages. However, there are some notable differences between how you use a front load washer and the best products to use with this style machine.
Arm and Hammer Laundry Detergent for Clean LaundryI started using Tide with Febreeze to tackle sweaty workout clothes. It did the trick, so I used it on all my family's laundry. Only problem is one of my daughters had a allergic skin reaction to it. So I looked for a sensitive skin/fragrance free laundry detergent.
Using Shampoo to Wash WoolCare for your wool items at home instead of paying for expensive dry cleaning. This is a page about using shampoo to wash wool.
Disinfect Laundromat Washing MachinesTo avoid getting germs from another family when using the laundromat washers, just wipe down the machine with Listerine mouthwash. Then add 1/2 cup of Listerine to the wash cycle. The Listerine disinfects the machine.
Cleaning Stinky TowelsThere are a number of products that can be used to clean stinky towels, including ones you probably already have around the house. This is a page about cleaning stinky towels.
Cleaning Whites Without BleachThis is a page about cleaning whites without bleach. If you choose to not use bleach for your whites there are other options for getting them clean and white.
Fuzz on Clothing from TowelsI have a new navy blue cotton shirt that accidently got put in the wash with a couple of wash cloths. Of course, now it has a slightly fuzzy look, not at all the new look that it should have.
Using Liquid Fabric Softener Instead of Dryer SheetsOne alternative to buying fabric softener sheets is using diluted liquid softener sprayed on a cloth or piece of interfacing that is added to the clothing in your dryer. This is a page about using liquid fabric softener instead of dryer sheets.
Ink Stain on Khaki PantsDoes anyone know of any good ideas on how to get black (pen) ink out of khaki pants? Thank you!
Whites Aren't White After WashingEven if you use bleach, sometimes your whites are dingy and gray after washing. This is a page about whites not looking white after washing.
Homemade Wrinkle ReducerWrinkle reducing sprays can be expensive. Save some money and make your own at home. This is a page about homemade wrinkle reducer.
Keeping Buckles from Ruining the DryerTo keep the hardware from clothes (over-all buckles) from ruining the finish on your dryer, wrap with a sock or washcloth and secure with a rubber band, (from broccoli bunches) and them put item in the dryer to dry. Also button all metal buttons.
Using Homemade Laundry Detergent In a Front LoaderA low sudsing homemade detergent can safely be used in your front load washer. Keep the amount used small and you should have no problems. This is a page about using homemade laundry detergent in a front loader.
Making Sweatshirts Soft AgainOver time and with repeated washing and drying the inside of your sweatshirt can become less soft and comfy. This is a page about making sweatshirts soft again.
Removing Wax From Washed ClothesIf wax has melted onto your clothing and they have already been washed, it can be a challenge to remove. This is a page about removing wax from washed clothes.
Washing Dry Clean Only PantsCan I wash clothes that say Dry Clean Only? The pants I want to wash are made of 95% polyester, and 5% elastano. What could happen if I wash them?
Well Water StainsWe have well water out here at the farm and I am constantly having to rewash items of clothing that have gotten those awful rust stains on them. I have been using baking soda in the first cycle, and it has cut down on some of the rewashing, but not all.
Advice For Preventing Towels Getting Wrapped Up In DryerWhen I dry sheets and towels in the dryer they get all wrapped up in a sort of cigar shape.
Removing Dye Transfer from TowelsWe have all experienced the frustration of having fabric dye transfer in the wash to other laundry items. Removing the offending dye can be difficult. This page offers some solutions for removing dye transfer from towels.
Preventing Bleach Stains On ClothingThis is a page about preventing bleach stains on clothing. Finding mysterious bleach spots on your laundry, even when no bleach was used, is frustrating.
Cleaning SilkSilk is a delicate, natural fiber. When cleaning silk, proper care will ensure that the fabric retains its quality. This page is about cleaning silk and removing stains.
Adding a Permanent Crease to PantsThis is a page about adding a permanent crease to pants. Setting the crease in dress pants will make them look sharp when worn.
Sheets Have Little Balls of Lint After DryingHelp. I have sheets for my daughters room (disney) and it seems that in (one area only) the sheet material has balled up and is rough to lay on. I know that if it had lint I would take tape and go over the area and that would remove it. But does anyone know the best way to remove these little balls from the sheet without damage.
Getting Rid of Static in SheetsSometimes, I have to do housekeeping. When I go to pull the sheets and blanket off to change the sheets, I get this awful static electricity shock. Anyone have any idea how to stop this? I use Bounce. I have tried extra liquid softener in my work clothes. Any ideas will be a blessing as this is getting pretty painful with the cold weather.
Using Vinegar in the LaundryThe vinegar smell will disappear soon after clothes are dried. Vinegar is used in the rinse cycle to deodorize and soften your laundry. This is a page about using vinegar in the laundry.
Cleaning Down Comforters Cleaning Down Comforters . How do you clean a down comforter? Are they washable?
Making a Lint Trap for a Washtub DrainThis is a page about making a lint trap for a washtub drain. If your washer drains into your washtub or utility sink you don't want all of that lint clogging the drain.
Chicken Noodle Soup Stain On Blue T-ShirtMy daughter got a large yellow stain on her shirt while she was eating Lipton chicken noodle soup. I have tried several things unsuccessfully, the yellow base in the chicken bouillon seems impossible to remove. HELP! This shirt was only worn once! It is 100% cotton (t-shirt material) and it is blue so I am unable to use bleach, any ideas?
Preventing Color From Bleeding on ClothingHow do you stop red material from running into other light colours in a dress when it is washed for the first time?
Clothes Develop a Musty Smell if They Get DampClothes Develop a Musty Smell if They Get Damp. I have read a lot about mildew smell when washing clothes. I think mine may be a little different, or maybe not. Hopefully someone can tell me what is wrong.
Washing Clothing With Bleach (Without Having Them Smell Like Bleach)Does anyone know of a good way to remove the odor of bleach from washed clothing? Any and all suggestions are welcomed.
Stiff WashclothsI have some washcloths that have been washed a few times and have become stiff and scratchy. They are relatively new and look good but the feel is stiff. What can I do to make them soft again?
Laundered Towels Smell Like Cat Urine When UsedMy laundry smells fine when I take it from the dryer and put it away, but when my towels are used and damp they smell like cat urine!
Removing Candle Wax from SilkWax can be difficult to clean from any cloth, especially silk. This is a page about removing candle wax from silk.
Sort Laundry As You GoSo as to run full loads only in my washing machine, which is most efficient, I keep 2 popup hampers in my bathroom closet. One has a little hanging tag marked "Lights", and the other "Darks". As I take off my clothes, they are put into the appropriate hamper. When one is full, I do a load of laundry.
Coffee Container for Collecting Dryer LintI keep a Folger's coffee container on the clothes dryer to put lint in. When it gets full, I empty the lint into the trash.
Does Homemade Laundry Detergent Really Get Clothes Clean?This is a page about whether homemade laundry detergent really gets clothes clean. Many people are skeptical about whether homemade laundry detergents work as well as store bought ones. Here is some feedback and recipes from people that use homemade detergents.
Ice Cube in Dryer for Wrinkle-Free ClothesI decided to try this on a super hot 103 F day when I just could not imagine getting the iron out to work on a load of clothes. Toss an ice cube or two with your wrinkly clothes into the dryer. Run it on the hot setting. It steams the wrinkles right out.
Installing a Breezecatcher Rotary ClotheslineFor my birthday this year I asked the hubby for an outdoor clothesline. He chose a rotating line from Breezecatcher.com. After a bit of time spent permanently installing it, I was able to use it for the first time today.
Getting Rid of Pilling on LaundryWe all have that favorite sweatshirt or blanket that accidentally got put in the dryer. Well there is a way to get rid of almost all of the balled up lint that has been stuck there. Just take a razor preferably new and run it over the fuzzies stuck to your sweatshirt.
Easy Reusable Dryer Softener SheetsReusing wash cloths soaked in fabric softener, wrung and dried, you can make your own dryer sheets. This is a page about easy reusable dryer softener sheets.
Collecting Dryer LintDryer lint is a constant byproduct of doing laundry. Storing it in a container to discard later is helpful. Also, the lint can be collected and used for other purposes such as toy stuffing, in a variety of crafts, or for starting a fire when camping.
Creative ClotheslinesI like to take advantage of warm weather to dry clothing outdoors. Even though I have a couple of drying racks, sometimes it was not enough. I did not want to invest in an outdoor clothesline that would have to be removed every time the lawn was mowed and when the winter came. I solved my problem in several ways.
Borax to Boost Laundry DetergentPowdered borax has long been used to improve the cleaning power of laundry detergents.
Use Empty Kleenex Box For Dryer LintAn empty Kleenex box is perfect for holding dryer lint. Once full it can be discarded and a new one begun. It is a convenient way to control the wads of lint when doing a lot of laundry.
Bath Towels Have a Stinky Metallic SmellTracking down the cause of a stinky metallic smell in bath towels fresh from the wash can be a bit of a mystery. Possible causes can be your plumbing, water supply, or even the water heater. Persistence and a process of elimination my be required.
Removing Stains and Odor from Moldy ClothingClothes were wet and left in a hot car in 100+ degree weather for at least two weeks. They grew mold on them and got this nasty burnt smell. They've been washed about 7 times now with vinegar, bleach, Oxi Clean, and those little Arm & Hammer bead scent things. They were presoaked and washed thoroughly every time, but there's still mold stains and some of the clothes still smell bad.
Clothes Smell Sour After WashingI am in Phoenix AZ where temps reach over 100 consecutively. My husband works outside, so sometimes when he gets home his shirt smells sour. I thought it was from sweating and the shirt drying slowly. Anyway, I noticed that sometimes after a few hours my clothes smell sour. I always check them before I put them on, but they start stinking.
Removing Odor from Wet Laundry Left in WasherI forgot load of laundry in washer for 3 days. Is it ruined, cuz it smells or can vinegar or baking soda help remove odors?
Red Border Bled on White TowelMy husband washed an expensive white towel with a deep red border around it in hot water. My towel is now pink. He showed it to me and I did not dry it. I have tried soaking it in Tide and laundry soap with Oxi and it's still the same. I have no clue what to do?
White Towels Have Brownish Stains After DryingMy white dish towels and wash cloths are coming out of the dryer with orange-brownish stains on them. What on earth could be causing this and what can I do?
Washing Baby Clothes in Well WaterI have well water and have a one month old baby. Can I wash her clothes in the water?