Science | Sep 20
None of us are perfect and neither is our laundry. More than once we have been met with...mistakes and mishaps in the laundry room. I mean, who hasn’t encountered a shrunken cashmere sweater, pink-y whites or dried stains when folding a freshly washed load of clothes? But instead of crying over spilt milk (and possibly ruined clothes), we must ask ourselves what can we do to repair the damage? Why did this happen and what are the solutions to our most common laundry mistakes? Well, today we talk exactly about this kind of small but bothersome problems!
It may seem hopeless and completely ruined, but there is a small...tiny chance that you can still rescue that sweater! The most common mistake that leads to a shrunken sweater is washing it on an incorrect cycle on your washer or throwing it into the tumble dryer when it’s supposed to air-dry. To fix this, you can add 2-3 tablespoons of hair conditioner to a bowl of water on room temperature. Soak the sweater for a good 5 minutes and later lay the sweater on a dry towel and gently stretch the fibers and try to reshape the garment and let it dry on the towel.
Once a stain has been dried, it’s very hard to remove, but it may be possible (depending on the type of clothes). You’ll definitely need to soak the stain and use a more aggressive stain remover than you originally did. On white clothes lemon juice works wonders!
Grey or Yellowed Whites
As we all know, white fabrics can become yellowed or grayed with use. To bring new life to these garments you can use the triple soak technique. First, soak the clothes for 20 minutes in a solution of water and liquid dish soap, next rinse them out and soak them, again for 20 minutes, in a solution of water and lemon juice. Finally, rinse the clothes out and soak them in a bowl of water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar. Rinse thoroughly and dry.
We already covered what to do when your clothes are wrinkled and you can’t (or don’t want to) use an iron. However, the most simple solution is to just throw the clothes back into the dryer with a slightly damp towel for about 15 minutes. Done!
This is one of the most annoying and disastrous mistakes we can make when washing and/or drying clothes. But don’t fret, it may have a solution! The first solution to try is rubbing alcohol. Place the clothing on top of a clean white towel. Be sure to test in a hidden spot before applying rubbing alcohol to the permanent ink stain. Blot the rubbing alcohol onto the stain. The towel underneath will become wet and discolored from the ink. Be sure to move the garment to a clean dry section of the towel as this happens. Continue until no more ink stain can be removed. Make sure you rinse the stained area completely free of the rubbing alcohol. Honestly, this will work much more effectively if the clothes haven’t been dried, but it can still work on set in stains, it will just take a lot of hoping and patience.
Most times these mistakes are, actually, irreparable. But you know what they say: “nothing ventured, nothing gained.” So, take the chance! You just might end up with a perfectly fine garment, with no trace of any mishap.