We have all been there, it is so easily done! Laundry disasters are so common and so annoying that I think they are worthy of a post to help when laundry disasters occur. I once somehow managed to do a load of washing with a disposable nappy (not fun……really, REALLY not fun!), numerous tissues and even a load of black washing with a WHOLE ENTIRE ROLL OF PAPER TOWEL (don’t even ask me how this one happened, it is still a mystery!). These things have all occurred over a 20 year period, they don’t happen all the time, but when they do – they are a major headache! I mean, who has time to spend doing more work than should be necessary? Not me!!
So here are some top tips to help out with what I think are the 5 most common laundry “issues”:
1. Washed Tissues.
If you ever do the dreaded “tissue in the wash” trick, try to pick out the biggest clumps you can see before putting a couple of aspirin in to the washing machine with all of the tissue covered clothing and putting through another wash cycle and then putting them in to the dryer. The smaller clumps will get caught in the lint filter where you can remove them after the drying cycle. The more clumps you can remove before the clothing goes into the dryer, the better. You can also just put 2 aspirin and hot water in a bucket and it dissolves the tissue if you didn’t want to use the washing machine. If you don’t have a dryer or haven’t got one, you could try shaking the clothes outside under the clothesline or hanging the clothes up and as you hang, pick off the largest pieces that are easy and place in a small bag for disposal and once hanging, use a clothes brush or a clean soft scrubbing-brush to quickly brush off the remaining pieces and pick off any remaining pieces by hand. Once the clothing is dry, shake out the garments to remove any loose pieces.
2. Dried Stains.
Once a stain has been dried, it’s very hard to remove, but it is possible. Try repeating the steps for the individual stain (message me if you have a known stain and hopefully I can give you some advice on what could help!). Generally you’ll need to soak the stain, or use a more aggressive stain remover. On white clothes, try using lemon juice and placing the garment in the sun. The lemon juice and the sun work together as bleaching agents. Be sure to rinse the clothing thoroughly before re-washing.
3. Wrinkled Clothes.
If clothes are wrinkled, put them in the dryer with a damp towel (for a medium-sized load) or a damp sock (for a small load). You can also try to place 1 teaspoon of lavender oil into a 1 litre spray bottle of water and then lightly mist the spray over your clothes immediately before putting them on. The warmth of your body combined with this solution magically helps the creases to drop out by the time you are ready to leave!
4. Dull Whites.
White fabrics can become yellowed, grey and dull. For grey and dull whites try soaking in Napisan. You can also try to soak the whites first in a solution of a bucketful of water and 2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap, then rinse out the whites and soak in a solution of 2 tablespoons of ammonia and a bucketful of water. Next, rinse out the whites, and soak in a bucket of warm water and 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Rinse thoroughly and dry. This soaking method should leave your whites bright and clean.
5. Pink Whites.
A red sock in the washer with your whites can make everything a delightful shade of pink, which is great if you love pink, but not so great if you really like your whites white. To try to fix this problem you’ll need “Dylon Colour Run Remover for Whites”. This product works wonders on white laundry that had colour runs on it. The “Coloursafe Dylon Colour Run Remover” can also be effective at removing dye on some coloured or patterned backgrounds, although you run the risk of having the original colour or pattern of the garment damaged.