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May 9, 2017

Can You Fix These Laundry Catastrophes?

This ~basket~ of problems will teach you something new.

For each question, pretend you're faced with a classic laundry disaster. How would you remedy it? Pick the best answer before these clothes are ruined forever!

  1. Ugh, my towels still smell musty after washing them.

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    Wash the towels again in the hottest water that's safe for them, adding baking soda to both the wash and rinse cycles.

    Then, you should run another rinse cycle without baking soda to ensure the stench is gone. (FYI, you might've used too much detergent the first time, which can actually increase odors.)

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  2. I left a tissue in my pocket and there are bits EVERYWHERE.

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    Before taking the load out of the washer, rewash it with some fabric softener added to the final rinse. Pull off what you can by hand, then tumble-dry.

    The dryer's lint filter will capture most of the bits. If any stubborn ones remain, use a dry scrub sponge to get rid of them.

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  3. I have a big presentation tomorrow but my shirt has sweat stains!!!

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    All of these solutions will work.

    For the aspirin hack, you should let the stain soak for 2-3 hours before washing. For the meat tenderizer (yes, this is real), let it sit for a half hour before washing.

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  4. Motherfu— a red shirt bled and stained my clothes!

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    Wash the stained item again in warm water with detergent and color-safe bleach.

    You could also buy a handy-dandy color-run remover, but we're thinking DIY here, people.

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  5. So, I got a lipstick smudge on my collar...

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    Blot the stain with white bread.

    As if bread wasn't already the solution to all your problems, you can indeed cut off the crust, wad up the soft center into a ball, and then blot the stain. Anything that remains should come out in the washer.

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  6. I have a grease stain after eating fries — STOP JUDGING AND HELP.

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    Rub white chalk onto the stain and the powder will absorb the grease, allowing your detergent to easily remove the stain in the wash.

    This lil' trick works for all things greasy, including your worst enemy: bacon grease. Don't have chalk lying around? Try baby powder!

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  7. OK, I also have a red wine stain, ARE YOU HAPPY?

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    All of these hacks will work.

    Before washing, you can spread salt liberally on the stain, pour club soda on it, or pour a mixture of approximately three parts hydrogen-peroxide and one part dish-soap on it.

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  8. I had chocolate with my wine and — you guessed it — I got some on my shirt.

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    Rub liquid laundry detergent on the stain.

    According to The Complete Book of Clean: Tips & Techniques for Your Home, after you've scraped off any excess chocolate, carefully rub liquid laundry detergent on the stain, let it sit for 5-10 minutes, and then soak it in cold water for 15 minutes.

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  9. My ironic graphic tee has deodorant streaks. Womp.

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    Rub the streaks off with cotton socks.

    According to The Complete Book of Clean: Tips & Techniques for Your Home, removing deodorant streaks is as easy as rubbing them off with cotton socks, or any soft foam, like what comes on metal hangers from the dry cleaner.

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  10. After all that, a bird just crapped on my shirt.

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    Hold under cold running water, apply hydrogen peroxide, rinse.

    According to The Complete Book of Clean: Tips & Techniques for Your Home, after scraping away excess droppings, hold the stain under cold running water. On colorfast fabrics (colorfast = the fabric's ability to retain its color without fading or running), apply hydrogen peroxide with an eyedropper, and rinse. Oh, and supposedly getting pooped on by a bird brings you good luck. Yay!

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