A Rainy Day is Laundry Day
September 25, 2007 by decorvillage
I woke up this morning to the sound of rain. It was a wonderful sound and such a blessing. It has been so dry here in Southeast Texas. My husband commented that a rainy day is a good day for doing laundry. I had to laugh because if we waited to do laundry only when it rained we’d be knee deep in clothes. I thought it would be a good idea to share some laundry problems that we all have, and some great solutions.
Bleeding of Colors: Your red shirt got mixed in with other clothes and ruined them? First off, DON’T DRY THEM! Wash again with regular detergent and color-safe bleach. If that didn’t work, Rit®, the makers of clothes dye, makes a color remover that works wonders and doesn’t cost much. To prevent bleeding in the first place, wash in cold water; I also use a cup of salt OR a scoop of Oxi Clean® with every load.
Blood on Clothes: Pour hydrogen peroxide on blood and rinse with cold water. If some blood remains, repeat. (Submitted by Michele Dutcher)
Burn / Scorch Marks: If the fabric is washable, brush it gently with a soft brush or dry sponge to remove loose carbon particles. Then, wash the fabric with regular detergent and color-safe bleach. This will permanently weaken the fabric even more than the scorch has, but the scorch may no longer be noticeable.
Burnt Stuff on Iron: Rub iron with aluminum foil to remove burnt on starch, etc.
Deodorant Stains on the Underarms of Washable Shirts: Sponge on white vinegar (or soak stain in it); wait 30 minutes. Launder shirts in the hottest water safe for the fabric. Using an enzyme detergent or a detergent with bleach alternative check care labels to be sure this is okay). I sometimes put liquid laundry detergent right on the area, leave it for five to ten minutes, then wash. To prevent: Let deodorant dry before dressing. And don’t let stains sit! Apply prewash spray or liquid detergent ASAP, then launder. Every third or fourth washing, use the hottest water safe for the shirts.
More tips next week.