WARNING – I must stress I cannot guarantee results, any remedies are undertaken at your own risk. See Disclaimer
There are points to remember before attacking any stain and these can be seen at http://www.hintsandthings.com/utilityroom/remember.htm and some products can damage certain fabrics. Before undertaking any remedy I would test on a inconspicuous area first to ensure no adverse affects.
HOW TO REMOVE LINT/TISSUE FROM LAUNDRY
I am often asked how to remove lint/tissue from items – here are a few suggestions of things you could try:-
I searched everywhere on the Net for advice on what to do when the family leave tissues in their pockets -I usually check before loading the washing machine but was too tired last night and lo and behold the laundry is covered in bits which won’t shake off.
I think I’ve just found the answer though – wipe smooth surfaces with the coarse side of a pan scourer. Hope this helps someone.
To remove the little fuzzy balls on sweatshirts and sweaters, before washing brush gently with a piece of fine sandpaper. Makes things like new again. The finer the knit the finer the sandpaper. Works on furniture, fabrics and blankets too. Just go lightly!
I have heard of sticky tape and electric razors but not this one.
Additional tip – I also keep an old green scourer or piece of dry, clean sponge to remove the lint from the tumble dryer filter. You have to be very gentle but I find it works extremely well.
COLOUR OR DYE RUN IN LAUNDRY
We have received this tip from a ballroom dancer, but it could prove useful for similar problems:-
“We use dance colour on top of self-tanning to deepen the tan for competitions. My partner’s white bow ties, shirts and collars get very stained due to a dye being used in the dance colour product.
This can be removed by using Dylon Run-Away (made in the U.K.) This product is for removing dye stains in light-coloured clothing that has been washed with strong colours that are not colourfast. The solution is very strong and one must follow the instructions very carefully.”
Sent in by BerylStout, slightly edited by me
Another common laundry problem, is colour/color run – when dark items are washed with whites causing the dark dyes to transfer and discolour other items. Obviously remedies depend on the type of fabric involved.
There are products on the market but the names differ country by country.
In the U.K. there used to be products made by Dylon called “Dygon” and “Dylon Runaway” but I cannot see them listed on Dylon’s current site although you may still be able to find them in some suppliers. There is, however, a product called Dr. Beckmann Colour Run Remover
Colour Catcher – it allows you to wash both colours and whites in the same load. This is a great way to save money and time. Really cool idea! I use it all the time – It’s never failed me once. It really helps when you have half a load of whites and half a load of colours because you can just throw them into together. Saves on the electricity bill too!
To stop dark colours from “bleeding”, fill the washer with cold water and white vinegar.
Contributed by “Riccilyn”
Add a cup of white wine vinegar to the rinse cycle to keep dark clothes from fading.
Thanks to Tia Williams
For clothes that can’t be laundered with bleach, use ammonia. It won’t fade colours nor damage synthetic fabrics or elastic. It also disinfects like a bleach.
Thank you Debbw.
N.B. I am not sure what effect (if any) these products will have on washing machines!
Here is some useful advice on how to avoid and/or remove unpleasant smells for washing and laundry.
I recently received a cry for help from a lady suffering from “smelly laundry” to which I had no really effective answer except for the obvious washing products. I sought your help and, once again, you have come up trumps. Here are some of the replies received which may help other people with similar problems.
Beryl Brain recently contacted Hotpoint regarding this problem and received the following reply which she kindly passed on to me in the hope that it will help others –
One of the most most popular remedies:
GENERAL LAUNDRY RELATED HINTS AND TIPS
To avoid the necessity of sorting socks after washing, clip them together in pairs before laundering.
For cooking oil stains on clothes, spray Doom fly spray on the area, leave for 5 minutes and then soak in very hot soapy water for about 30 minutes and wash as normal. Magic, all the grease, oil has gone.
Courtesy of Madelyn Armstrong
If you’re a busy mum and find an item of clothing you forgot was damp (i.e. baby’s bib in the glove compartment in the car) and it now has black mould spots on it, soak it in a solution of bottle sterilizer and water – just enough to cover the garment. Rinse and launder as usual.
As long as it is colour fast, the spots will disappear and leave it clean as new.
Other Laundry tips