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Remove Berry Stains From Clothing With a Boiling Water Flush

Remove Berry Stains From Clothing With a Boiling Water Flush

A handful of berries is a great snack, but one dropped berry or thoughtless wipe of your juice-covered hands can leave your clothing stained. If you act quickly, a little bowling water can keep the red stain from setting in your favorite garments, even whites.

A good stain remover will take out a stubborn stain once it sets, but it’s better to address the stain as soon as it happens, and Jo First at The Kitchn recommends a boiling water flush. Fill a teakettle with water and get it boiling on the stovetop. Blot the stain with a clean cloth to try and absorb some of the juice, but don’t rub or press too hard. Now turn the garment inside out, pull it taut over a large bowl, and pour the boiling water on the stain. Doing it inside out makes the stain go out of the fabric, not deeper into it. If you can’t hold the garment taut by yourself, use a rubber band around the edge of the bowl. Once the stain is out, hang the garment to dry in the sunlight. After a few hours, it should be good as new.

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The Best Way to Remove Berry Stains | The Kitchn

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Why Clothes Always Shrink When You Wash Them

Everyone knows what it’s like to do the laundry and then wind up having to re-break in a pair of pants, or squeeze into a shirt or skirt the first time after it comes out in the wash—but why does this happen, and can it be prevented? This video from DNews explains.

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For those who can’t watch, the answer’s pretty simple—natural fibers like cotton, wool, and silk are, in their natural state, pretty curly and tangled. In order to be made into clothing, those fibers need to be stretched out, but given an opportunity to return to their natural, tangled state, they will. All of the mechanical energy that comes from washing, machining, and drying clothes gives them the energy and the opportunity to slip those bonds and release the potential energy they get when they’re drawn out and straightened to make the clothes that we wear. Some natural fibers do this more than others (wool being one of the biggest offenders), but they all do—and synthetics, for example, don’t.

The reason for that is that they don’t get the energy required (either through heat in the dryer or being bumped around in the washer) to deviate from their stretched and stitched forms. So as a solution, synthetic fabrics are often used to “fill the gaps” in clothing that’s otherwise mostly natural fibers. That’s why you see a lot of clothing that’s a cotton/polyester blend, or cotton/rayon dress clothes, for example. The goal is to keep them from shrinking as much as possible when they’re washed, and it usually works pretty well. Another solution is to spray down those natural fibers with anti-shrinking agents that keep the closed from relaxing when they’re washed.

You can see more about this whole process in the video above (and the link below), along with the three types of shrinkage involved with clothing (relaxing, felting, and consolidation,) when they’re most likely to occur, and which causes the most headache for clothes buyers like you and I.

Why Do Clothes Shrink When You Wash Them? | DNews

Keep Your Front-Loading Washer Stink-Free With These Four Tips

Some front-loading washers have had issues with mold and mildew, and that means nasty smells that get into your clothes. Here are some easy ways to keep that from happening.

In this video from the Consumer Reports YouTube channel, Dan Diclerico demonstrates how to keep your front-loader from smelling funky:

  1. Wipe the glass and the door gasket dry after each load.
  2. Keep the washer door ajar when not in use so air can circulate.
  3. Regularly remove detergent buildup from the dispenser.
  4. Sanitize the washer every few months using one cup of chlorine bleach. Fill the bleach dispenser and run a no-laundry, hot water cycle.

If you follow these tips, you won’t ever have to worry about moldy smells, regardless of how old your front-loader is. If you’re in the market for a front-loading washer, Diclerico recommends a model with a tub cleaning cycle, which is designed to prevent mildew.

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How to Get Rid of Odor in a Front-Loader | YouTube

The Best Way to Wash Black or White Clothes So That They Last

Your blacks and your whites clothes can be are tricky items in the washing machine. The good folks at Consumer Reports have some tried-and-tested tips to stop your black clothes from fading and your white clothes from becoming dingy.

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Pat Slaven, Textile Engineer at Consumer Reports, has some simple recommendations that anyone can follow.

  • For black clothes, turn them inside out before putting them in the machine, always use only cold water, and never put them in the dryer.
  • For white clothes, mark a fill line in the detergent cap to know the right amount each time; and use bleach *only* on 100% cotton clothes, not any other fabric.

Check out the full video for other tips, like using the sun to naturally bleach your whites—it’s an awesome demonstration.!

Keeping Black Clothes Black & White Clothes White | YouTube via Consumer Reports

Fold Socks Instead of Rolling Them for Better Organization

How do you put away your socks? You probably roll them, right? Perhaps with the Army Ranger roll? Folding your socks into origami-like squares might be more space-efficient.

The video above posted by YouTuber Klara Egilson shows you this new sock-folding technique. Basically, you lay the socks perpendicularly to each other and fold and tuck them into each other. This not only prevents the stretching that happens with the rolling method, it makes organizing your socks a little easier, since you’re dealing with flat squares rather than balls. I imagine this is how Marie Condo tidies up her socks.

This method doesn’t work for short socks, unfortunately, and it does take more time, but it also looks kind of fun—as far as you can connect “laundry” with “fun.”

The right way to fold socks! | YouTube via DIY Cozy Home

Keep White Sneakers White With All-Purpose Cleaner and Regular Cleanings

Keep White Sneakers White With All-Purpose Cleaner and Regular Cleanings

There are a few ways to try and revitalize dirty sneakers, but the secret to keeping white sneakers white is regular cleanings and a typical household cleaner you already have.

If you’re determined to keep your fancy white shoes as bright and clean as possible, Jolie Kerr at Racked suggests you reach for a typical all-purpose cleaner like Fantastik or Formula 409. Use paper towels, a sponge, and a toothbrush to really get in there and remove all the dirt and scuffs. If you have a really stubborn stain, Kerr recommends using a Magic Eraser. You probably already have this stuff around the house, so that’s a plus, but the downside is that you have to clean your shoes constantly. Try to clean your shoes once every few wears, or at least once a week, and you’ll be able to keep them from getting dirty and yellowing. And don’t forget the white laces! Toss them in a mesh laundry bag, give them a wash, and let them air dry so they don’t shrink.

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How to Keep Your Cute White Sneakers Cute and White | Racked

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Get Mustard Stains Out of White Clothes With Dish Soap and Sunlight

Mustard goes great on a hot dog, but not so much on your white shirt. Here’s a super simple method for removing mustard and other yellow stains from your white clothes.

This video from the Consumer Reports YouTube channel shares several tips for keeping your whites as pristine as possible. If you get a mustard stain on your nice white shirt or some other item of clothing, use some dish soap and warm water to work as much of the stain out as you can. Then take the clothing item and lay it out in the sunlight to let it bleach. After a while the spot should be gone and your white clothes will be back to looking brand new.

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Spring Cleaning Tip #3: Keep White Clothes White | YouTube

Get Mustard Stains Out of White Clothes With Dish Soap and Sunlight

Mustard goes great on a hot dog, but not so much on your white shirt. Here’s a super simple method for removing mustard and other yellow stains from your white clothes.

This video from the Consumer Reports YouTube channel shares several tips for keeping your whites as pristine as possible. If you get a mustard stain on your nice white shirt or some other item of clothing, use some dish soap and warm water to work as much of the stain out as you can. Then take the clothing item and lay it out in the sunlight to let it bleach. After a while the spot should be gone and your white clothes will be back to looking brand new.

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Spring Cleaning Tip #3: Keep White Clothes White | YouTube

Get Mustard Stains Out of White Clothes With Dish Soap and Sunlight

Mustard goes great on a hot dog, but not so much on your white shirt. Here’s a super simple method for removing mustard and other yellow stains from your white clothes.

This video from the Consumer Reports YouTube channel shares several tips for keeping your whites as pristine as possible. If you get a mustard stain on your nice white shirt or some other item of clothing, use some dish soap and warm water to work as much of the stain out as you can. Then take the clothing item and lay it out in the sunlight to let it bleach. After a while the spot should be gone and your white clothes will be back to looking brand new.

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Spring Cleaning Tip #3: Keep White Clothes White | YouTube

Get Mustard Stains Out of White Clothes With Dish Soap and Sunlight

Mustard goes great on a hot dog, but not so much on your white shirt. Here’s a super simple method for removing mustard and other yellow stains from your white clothes.

This video from the Consumer Reports YouTube channel shares several tips for keeping your whites as pristine as possible. If you get a mustard stain on your nice white shirt or some other item of clothing, use some dish soap and warm water to work as much of the stain out as you can. Then take the clothing item and lay it out in the sunlight to let it bleach. After a while the spot should be gone and your white clothes will be back to looking brand new.

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Spring Cleaning Tip #3: Keep White Clothes White | YouTube