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KATHY'S HOME & GARDEN TIPS - SOLVING COMMON LAUNDRY ISSUES

We all sometimes get too busy and often forget to throw the washed clothes in the dryer or perhaps aren’t as careful as we need to be sorting. Here are a few easy solutions for these everyday problems.

If you’ve left clothes in the washer too long and they have a mildew smell or even have got to the point of black spots, rewash them in the hottest water safe for the fabric along with chlorine bleach for whites and color safe bleach for everything else.

The same can be done when the color from one garment bleeds into others. Wash the stained items immediately before they dry (important before the color sets) along with appropriate bleach. Carbona®, the maker of many stain removers, also makes a Color Run Remover that should help if rewashing doesn’t work.

I have allergies so I always have tissues in my pocket. Inevitably, they end up in the wash and end up in little bits all over everything! Rewash the entire load and use fabric softener in the final rinse. Shake off as much as you can before drying. The lint trap will capture much of the residue. Anything left, rub off with a dry sponge like Mr. Clean’s® Magic Eraser.

Shrinking your favorite sweater usually is something you have to live with but sometimes it can be brought back. Wet thoroughly and blot between two white towels. Carefully stretch back into shape and air dry flat. It’s usually best not to dry sweaters. Often I just dry for 5 minutes then lay flat on a towel, gently pull to proper shape and size and let dry.

If you do have dried-on stains, treat with a pre-treating gel like Shout® Advanced Gel. It is thicker to stay on the stain. Leave overnight then again wash in the warmest water that is safe for the fabric along with color safe bleach.

Have a right away laundry bin. Put here, favorite outfits, uniforms or dance costumes. Make these a priority to wash first so the baseball uniform and ballet tights are always ready for the next practice or big game.

KATHLEEN WEAVER-ZECH & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO
Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2016 10:20 AM by Dean's Team

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