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Common Laundry Mistakes

Laundry mistakes are an inconvenience, but they can be fixed. Follow the correct garment care tips to save your clothing items from laundry accidents.


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How to Recover from Common Laundry Mistakes

Removing an item from the washing machine that should have been a specific colour but has a few yellow stains on it is probably something you can relate to. Perhaps you’ve forgotten to empty your pockets before you placed clothes in the washing machine – it happens!

Luckily, a few garment care tips are all you need to rectify most laundry mistakes. Here's a list of common laundry mistakes and how to recover them:

Sweater Shrinkage

There's still hope for that sweater that shrank a few sizes in the washing machine. The most common cause of sweater shrinkage is using the incorrect cycle on your washing machine or tumble drying what was supposed to be air-dried. To rectify the error, add three teaspoons of hair conditioner to a bowl of warm water. Soak the sweater in the solution for five minutes, then lay it on a dry towel before gently stretching it back to shape.

Dried Stains

Removing dry stains is hard but possible. The solution to this problem is to soak the stain and use more powerful washing powder to rewash it. If you're looking for an auto washing powder that will do wonders, you can't go wrong with Skip. Just remember, time is of the essence when it comes to removing a dried stain. The sooner it's washed, the better.

Yellow Whites

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Most of us are familiar with the pain of watching a crisp white shirt turn yellow. To breathe new life into your white garments, you will have to soak them three times. Fill your bathroom sink with water and a cap of liquid detergent and soak your clothes in the solution for 20 minutes before rinsing. Then soak them for another 20 minutes in a solution of water and a few squeezes of lemon juice before rinsing again. Finally, soak for 20 minutes in a bowl of water with two tablespoons of white vinegar. Rinse and dry.

Stubborn Wrinkles

Washing clothes, especially with hot water, can create hard-to-remove wrinkles. You could try to iron out the wrinkles, but that's going to take a lot of time and effort. The simplest way to remove them is to put your wrinkled clothes in a tumble dryer with a damp towel for 15 minutes.

Not all laundry mistakes can be fixed, but the ones that can, require only a bit of effort. Use these tips as damage control and your clothes will last longer than expected.

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