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Laundry & Stains
Question:
I have a major issue. I accidently put something in the washer that bled over some of my clothes. I didn't realize it until I already dryed them. How do I get it out? I've tried oxyclean,peroxide,shout,hairspray. I am at a loss and hope you can help me some of these clothes have never been worn. Please help. Thank you Tanya of Mayville, WI
Answer:
Unfortunately the heat of the dryer has most likely set the stains. You have tried the solutions that I would have suggested. If any of the clothes are 100% cotton and white you could try bleaching them to get the color out.
Question:
Iam having difficulty removing ink spots on my son's school shirts. I have tried dish soap, pretreating with shout. It looks like he had a pen fight or drew over every one of his shirts..... Any ideas?????
Answer:
Spray liberally with an inexpensive hairspray and then wash in cold water.
Question:
How do I remove ketchup stains from cotton clothing?
Answer:
Dab the stains with equal parts of white vinegar and water and then launder as directed. Do not dry until you're sure the stains are gone. If the clothes are brightly colored I would test a hidden spot for colorfastness before you start.
Question:
My son has numerous ink (pen)stains on his VINYL bookbags,backpacks and jackets. I'd like to know a way to remove it without hurting them.
Answer:
Wipe away the ink stains with some rubbing alcohol on a cloth.
Question:
I have noticed that my white tee-shirts are coming with dark staining in the arm pits. I am 52, white male, bath daily, have not changed my laundry detergent and use bleach. How can I fix this unsightly condition?
Answer:
The stains are usually caused by anti-perspirants. Try soaking the shirts in salt water before washing them.
Question:
How do I remove rust stains from new blue jeans?
Answer:
Try rubbing a paste of cream of tartar and water into the stains and then washing in cool water. Do not dry until you're sure the stain is removed.
Question:
How do I keep lint out off my clothes in the washer? I dont like to put some of my clothes in the dryer, but I have a problem with lint. PLEASE HELP.
Answer:
Add a cup of white vinegar to the wash water to cut lint!
Question:
How do you get red ink off of khaki pants??
Answer:
Spray hairspray on the ink and then wash in cold water. Do not dry the paints until you're sure the stain is removed. Depending upon how much ink there is you may have to repeat the process more than once.
Question:
My washing machine smells of mildew. Would you suggest calling a washing machine repairman or a plumber? The water is going down the drain in the wash tub and the drain in the wash tub does not seem to have an odor.
Answer:
To clean the whole machine, fill with hot water and add two cups of white vinegar. Then allow it to run through a cycle with no clothes.
Question:
My son left a pack of gum in his zipped pocket when I washed AND dried them before I found out. Now I'm left with gum spots on the one leg. Is there any hope?
Answer:
Try popping the pants in the freezer overnight and then scraping away the frozen gum with a butter knife. Remove any remaining residue with a little rubbing alcohol! (Always remember to test for colorfastness before treating clothing with stain removers)
Question:
How do you remove the sticky adhesive that is left on a new shirt that you remove & some of the adhesive remains on the shirt? Is there anything that will take it off? thank you
Answer:
Try a little white vinegar on a white cloth. Then wash in cold water. Do not dry the item until you're sure the stains are gone!
Question:
My daughters continue to go outside with their white socks on and their socks get very dirty. I've tried bleaching them a few times but it hasn't worked. Are the socks doomed for the trash bin or can they be saved? Thank You Cathie Marshall
Answer:
Add a cup of borax to a gallon of very hot water and soak the socks overnight. Then wash them in hot water!
Question:
My son wrote on my white shirt with a blue pen. do you know how I can get it out?
Answer:
Spray some hairspray on the ink and then wash in cold water. Do not dry until you're sure that the stain is removed.
Question:
My daughter left some gum in her pocket and it is all over, can you help?
Answer:
Stick the pants in the freezer for a couple of hours. When the gum is good and hard chip as much of it away as you can with a spoon or butter knife. Once the worst of the gum is gone rub some nail polish remover into any remaining residue. Then wash as usual.
Question:
How can I clean puppy urine off of my carpeting and keep the same problem from happening again?
Answer:
A simple three step process will clean up the urine and eliminate the odor. Step one, clean the area with plain old soapy water. Make sure you use only white cloths when dealing with carpet stains. Let it dry completely. Step 2: Dab the spot with white vinegar (again use a white cloth) and let it dry completely. Step 3: Sprinkle the entire area with baking soda and leave it overnight. Vacuum well in the morning and you'll be all set!

 

 
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