Solutions to Common Laundry Problems!

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Solutions to Common Laundry Problems!

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Having a little trouble keeping your clothes in good condition? From shrinking to shredding, your clothes can take a beating if washed improperly. Here are some easy ideas to fix your most common laundry issues!

Pilling: Pilling are those tiny gathered spots of tightly knotted lint that build up on the top of your clothes. It looks like someone throw a bunch of tiny, fuzzy puff balls onto your shirt and they all stuck. Pilling is a super simple fix; if you have an article that pills, try turning it inside out before washing! If you have a sweater that’s already been affected, get an electric razor or a disposable straight razor and “shave” them off. Good as new!  (Use caution not to press too hard with a straight razor so you don’t damage the article of clothing).

Greying: You may not be adding enough detergent to your washer. Defeat greying by adding a booster, a little more detergent, or add a cup of white vinegar to your wash.

Yellowing: Just like greying, yellow may be cause by not enough detergent. Yellowing is usually a sign of body oils hanging around on your clothes when you wash them. Try raising the temperature of your loads, or add a grease fighter. You can also try added a water softener, as this may be an issue with rust inside of your water pipes to your washer.

Detergent residue: If you are still seeing detergent on your clothes after washing, this is a simple fix! Put less clothing into the washer! If you are overstuffing the washer, your clothes don’t get clean, and the detergent won’t get washed away. If you are putting in the recommended amount of clothes with the same result, try having a mechanic look at your washer. There may be something wrong with the rinse cycle!

Fading: Is the color fading fast from your clothing? Try using liquid detergent instead of powdered, and adding a softener to the wash. Hard water may be the cause of your problems, so soften the water to keep your colors bright and like new!

Color transfer: Accidently made all of your white socks pink again? The only solution to color transfer in the wash is to better separate your clothes by color. Trying having three laundry baskets, one for whites, one for colors, and one for darks. If there is a particular piece that gives you trouble, try washing it only with towels or other things you wouldn’t mind changing the color of.

Shrinking: The water’s too hot! If your clothes are shrinking, they either don’t belong in the dryer, or they don’t belong in hot water! Read the tags of all of your clothes carefully for their unique instructions.

The key to stain removal is targeting the stain right away.. and using the right product for the type of stain you have!  Be sure to always test your fabrics first.  If using OxiClean (my favorite) always use the hottest water possible!  I use OxiClean and boiling water on tough stains!

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Stain Removal Guide:

Dairy/Oil/Fat:  Includes gravy, salad dressing, oil, cream

  • Use aerosol types work better on greasy stains.  Let sit one minute.  Rub with laundry soap
  • Launder in Oxiclean and the hottest water your fabric can handle

Make Up/Cosmetics:

  • Pretreat with prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, paste of powder detergent or laundry additive and water. Or, rub with bar soap.
  • Launder.

Grass Stain Removal:

  • Pretreat with a stain remover containing enzymes


  • Rub stain with a bar soap
  • If stain has changed the color of the fabric, soak in white vinegar.  Rinse.
  • Launder using hottest water safe for fabric.  (Add OxiClean if stain persists)

Fruit stains:  Wine, Raspberries, strawberries etc.

  • Mix 1 quart warm water, 1/2 tsp liquid dish soap, and 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • Soak for 15 minutes. Rinse.
  • Sponge with rubbing alcohol, using light motions from center to edge of stain.
  • Soak for 30 minutes in one quart warm water with one tablespoon enzyme presoak products.
  • If color stain remains, launder in chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric, or in oxygen bleach.

Candle wax

  • Allow wax to harden or rub with ice and scrape off excess with a dull knife.
  • Place folded paper towels over and under stained area and press with a warm dry iron until wax is removed.

Remember:  Begin stain removal as soon as possible!  The longer you wait, the less chance of complete stain removal!

Ripping: Ripping is usually caused by two things: Overfilling the laundry or by zippers and tags on clothes. Make cure to zip up with jeans before washing; it will keep the zippers from tearing into your other clothes in the washing machine.

Wrinkling: Believe it or not, wrinkling can be cause by over-drying! Throw the wrinkles clothes in the dryer on permanent press for twenty minutes, then remove them immediately from the dryer. Your clothes will wrinkle again if left too long in the dryer after the cycle is over!

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  1. I use a Fels-Naptha bar on stains. It works wonders. Especially on food stains & sweat. The greatest part is its only $1 at Walmart and lasts a LONG time. All you do is wet down the stained area, rub the Fels-Naptha bar on the stain, and watch it disappear. Then just wash as normal!