Posts Tagged ‘Stains’

How To Get Stains Out Of Clothes: A Home-Ec 101 Guide

Stains in clothes make me mentally debate how much I like the article of clothing and if I want to work on getting the stain out or just get rid of the clothing. Am I the only one that does that? My children only stain their most-favorite-ever clothing items and ask me to get it…

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What Are These Spots On My Khaki Shorts?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I have been puzzled by this mysterious pink / red stains on my khaki shorts for years. Whenever I get new khaki shorts, it will get these red / pink stains on them whenever I wash them. I don’t use bleach or fabric softener. I only use powdered detergent, cold/warm water and…

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Laundry and the Great Diaper Blowout

Dear Home-Ec 101, I’m a brand new mom and I need to know if it is okay to wash clothes that have suffered through a diaper leak with the rest of the baby clothes. How do I make sure that poop (sorry!) doesn’t get all over the washer and the rest of our stuff without…

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How to Remove Poison Ivy from Clothing

Dear Home Ec 101, After doing yard work this weekend, my dear husband has poison ivy. What is the best way to launder his clothes and keep the resin from spreading through the laundry? Signed, Trying to Contain the Irritant Heather says: You’re in luck!  Removing poison ivy from clothing isn’t that difficult, you just need…

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Lipstick in the Laundry

Heather says: Sometimes the questions come in via Twitter. Today’s query: @TheMorrisBunch: help!! I took clothes out of the wash and found red lipstick in the dryer and all over my clothes. First of all, yuck. I don’t envy your situation in the least, finding lipstick stains in the laundry is a great big hassle.…

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What Causes Spots on Clothing?

Dear Home-Ec 101, I saw your email reply to someone who was asking about why they were getting grease like stains on their clothing after washing them.  Your reply said it was from liquid fabric softener.  The problem is I don’t use fabric softener and I get these grease like spots on my clothing quite…

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How to Remove Stains from a White Skirt

Dear Home-Ec 101, My two year old daughter has a white skirt that she absolutely loves to wear. The last time I washed it, I noticed lots of large yellow spots all over the skirt. Since she’s two, there is no telling what those spots may be. I have tried using OxiClean, Dawn dish soap,…

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How To Remove Sunscreen Stains From Clothes

Dear Home-EC 101; I have a weird question for you. A few times lately, I’ve pulled whites out of my washer with yellow stains. Not on the neck or underarms like you might expect, but looking more like I washed a highlighter with everything. Streaks on hems or sleeves, where there were no stains before…

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How to Use Vinegar and Borax in the Laundry

Dear Home Ec 101 You mentioned using vinegar or borax to remove detergent build-up from towels.  We have hard water in our area and I believe this could be a problem for us, even though I haven’t had a problem with odor.  I have few questions: How much vinegar or borax should I use in my…

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How to Remove Grease and Oil Stains

Dear Home Ec 101: I was somehow elected to carry the 25 pound turkey from the kitchen to the dining room on Thanksgiving. I didn’t drop it, but I did tip the cutting board it was resting on enough so that the turkey drippings flowed down my leg onto the kitchen floor – making the…

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How to Remove Gum from Clothing

Dear Home Ec 101, I sat on gum in my favorite pants! Or more like, one of the few pairs of pants I own. I went to see the after midnight showing of the first day Harry Potter came out, and halfway through the movie I went to snuggle on my boyfriend and found my…

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