Dear Home Ec 101,
HELP! My husband put a pen in his pocket today and I forgot to check the jeans before I washed them, then I dried them unknowingly, along with the destroyed pen. Somewhat luckily, the clothes were mostly the kids comfy stay home play clothes and jammies, but one of my fave cotton t-shirts was in there too, with a couple of noticeable stains. First of all, is there ANY way to get the stains out of the clothes and inside of my dryer? And second of all, WHOSE fault is it?
The Cork Fell Out and You Stink
Inside the dryer, try Goo Gone or WD-40. If you have a gas dryer, please turn off the gas before using WD40 as it is highly flammable. Wipe the drum of your dryer out with plain water after using either product. To be on the extra safe side, make sure the first load is rags or towels to prevent any damage to delicate clothing.
As far as your cotton blouse, try using rubbing alcohol on the stain. Blot with a paper towel and then gently rub more alcohol into the stain with an old toothbrush. Blot and treat with a stain remover such as Shout. Wash on a cold cycle, but don’t dry the shirt unless the stain is entirely gone. If some of the stain is still present, try soaking in an Oxiclean solution before laundering again.
In our house the blame would be shared. The clothing owner should as a courtesy empty their own pockets. As the washer I get to keep any change or paper money to add to my mad money stash. Obviously, this is our system and it may not work for others.
I wish you the best of luck.
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