The Laundry category revolves around articles of clothing that have been or are to be washed. Questions in this category typically include tips for removing stains or how various items should be washed.
Asked in Cleaning, Manufacturing, Laundry, First Aid
What is the best way to remove fiberglass from your skin?
friendus Duct tape. The hair may go away too, so be warned. Take a piece of duct tape and place it on the skin and it will stick to the fiberglass fibers that are still above the skin. Remove the duct tape and the glass goes with it. If the fiberglass has worked its way below the skins surface, nothing can be done. Take a hot shower, not too hot as this will make your pores swell, you only want them to open. Then, take a piece of pantyhose and gently wipe your skin . This should help pull the glass out. A good rinsing after. Do not rub or scratch it . This will drive it further in . To prevent the fiberglass from getting you to begin with, buy some Invisible Glove it is a hand cream that will dry up and keep it from getting into your skin. It can be purchased at most auto paint supplies or at Ace Hardware Stores or search online. My husband has been a yacht builder for over 30 years and he's had to deal with this all that time. Take a good cup of Epsom Salts and add some boiling water to it. Then run a bath with WARM water, add the dissolved Epsom Salts in it and soak for 20 minutes to 1/2 hour (not bubble bath, just plain Epsom Salts.) Get up and shower after the bath. Towel off. My uncle would use epsom salts to draw out steel slivers from his hands when he worked for a steel mill. If you find you have a rash on your face or any part of your body that shows then use Lanocaine (topical ointment) and the red will fade.
Asked in Egypt, Laundry, Women's Clothing
What bathing suit should be worn in Cairo Egypt?
From experience it depends - info Seven years old - on where and what beach you visit. Some allow bikini bathing others do not. Most of the locals swim fully clothed. Recently there has been a move away from this for the richer folk who wear the more conservative Full body suit. This covers the the whole body from neck to ankles to wrist. These now appear to be approved on all Arab beaches as we have sold many to places like Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Iran. Former belly dancer: Only in private hotels that accept foreign tourist permit bikini or western style swim wear only in private access pool areas that is sequestered off from public display meaning indoor only or those that have gated security and tolerate or cater to western cultural. In the past 10 years much has changed and expect the information about western wear to change again under Egypt's new leadership, ten years ago as a belly dancer the mid-driff area of the body was permitted to be exposed but no longer requires more Islamic modesty laws today! Only now with special government permission (fees for security guards) does even a belly dancer allowed to show her mid-section abdominal area bare if so again it's usually at a western style hotel with restricted and or limited access to the public as the location of most open international dance competitions are held. Yes there are Islamic modesty protests and the need of both police sometimes soldier guards as the protests can be violent. Rule of thumb do as the locals follow modesty practices to avoid conflict. Last there 2009.
How do remove human urine from clothes?
If you are in the US, that detergent in the pink box that is made specially for baby clothes still works best , because who wets their clothes more than babies ? Pre-rinse the clothing in the washing machine. Then, wash in hot water and soap. For "real" diapers, mix soap in a bucket with water, and, after rinsing the diaper in the toilet, place it in the bucket until you have a full load.
How do you get dried latex paint out of clothes and cloth furniture?
Getting latex paint out of clothes Ammonia will get latex paint out of anything. It actually dissolves it so soaking would be in order if it has been dried on for some time. Scrub it ever so often to help the ammonia along. Do it in a well ventilated area as the ammonia gives off fumes. Be aware of what you are soaking as ammonia can also dissolve some glues as well. Luckily, it is possible to remove the paint, even if you don't find the stain until it has dried. Paint is either oil-based or water-based (latex), so the steps for removing the stain differ, depending on which type of paint has stained the fabric.
Asked in Laundry
What is ideal ironing board height?
How do you remove spaghetti stains from clothes?
Scrape off an much of the spaghetti as you can. Pretreat the stain and rinse it with hot water. Rub the stain with laundry detergent and wash in the washing machine with hot water. I do my best to replace clothing with stains, but if I cannot, I read the labels for each type of material or cloth is different. Hot water usually sets stains.I would soak this in cool water and use Woolite.
Asked in Laundry, Hats and Caps
How can you wash and dry a baseball cap without tearing it up or shrinking it in the process?
Place the cap in the top rack of a dishwasher. Turn off the dry cycle. Put the baseball cap in the washing machine (NO BLEACH!) use Tide, or another detergent that doesn't have bleach and do not wash it with any other clothing. WASH IN COLD WATER AND 1/2 CUP OF SALT (the salt helps the color to stay in.) If your girlfriend, wife or a friend has a styrofoam head for a wig, this is perfect to stretch your cap over and let dry. If not, find a ball that the hat will fit over and let it air dry. NEVER PUT THE CAP IN THE DRYER. You can hand wash your caps in the kitchen sink in about 10 minutes. Use cold water and liquid detergent (non bleach) and swish them around together to mimic the action of a washing machine. Drain and refill the sink with clear water and swish around once more to rinse. Take them outside and do a "tomahawk chop" with the cap in your hand to flick out excess water, then hang them on a clothesline with a clothespin holding the back of the cap (or the adjustable strap if the cap has one). It takes a few hours outside to dry, a bit longer if you hang them in the shade to avoid fading. If your cap is wool, hand wash in sink with Woolite or other mild detergent. Do not wash in washing machine and DO NOT put in dryer. Pat the hat dry with paper towels then wear it until it's fully dry. They have a special gadget called a Cap washer. You put the hat in it and then put it in the dishwahser or wahser machine, it is pretty cheap to buy on line.
Asked in Home & Garden, Laundry, DIY Projects
How do you rewire a clothesline?
Assuming that your old clothesline was done with eye bolts on one or both ends attach the new wire to the end that has no bolts first. Then loosen the nuts so that the eye of the bolt is extended as far through the cross bar as possible. Then pull the new wire as tight as possible and twist it firmly so that it will not come loose. The next thing to do is use a wrench to tighten the nut until the wire is taught.
Asked in Home Appliances, Laundry, Polyester
Does polyester stretch if you put it in the dryer?
Asked in Cars & Vehicles, Cleaning, Laundry
How do you remove diesel smell from clothes?
Try soaking the clothes in all-purpose orange cleaner, or one cup of lemon-scented household cleaner, prior to washing them on the heavy cycle. Be sure to smell the clothes for any remaining scent prior to drying them. If they still smell like diesel, run them through the washer again. Drying them will just set the smell in more. An old school method is to pour a can or two of Coca Cola in with your laundry load -- it is a great degreaser.
How can you get to the small open space beneath the agitator of a Kenmore Elite washing machine?
How do you unclog fabric softener from washing machine?
Asked in Home Appliances, Laundry
My GE washing machine does not dry my clothe?
Asked in US Civil War, Laundry
What was laundry like in the Civil War?
In many cases, there was a laundress for every 17-20 men, 4 per company. The laundress was in the army and paid by the guys. Ballparking it, she got like, .50 monthly from each enlisted man (this was deducted before he got paid) and anywhere from $1-$2. for an unmarried officer, up to $4. monthly for a married officer. If the officers had families, the family's laundry was extra, usually per piece as agreed upon by the officer and the laundress. She got a tent, rations, a hatchet, and surgeon's services were available to her. Laundresses were sometimes wives of the officers, freed women/slaves or just women experiencing hardship who needed to work. The women were usually attached somehow to a male soldier. The laundry, sometimes known as Suds Row, was in camp or a fort. Laundresses did not accompany the men when they were on the move. It was an incredibly hard, exhausting and time consuming job. There is a wonderful and very informative youtube video that will walk you through the process if you search under Civil War Laundry