April 25, 2010

Public Service Announcement

If you're anything like me, you read things like this and think to yourself, "Oh, that's nice. I'll try to remember that."  I urge you to write this down. You will not remember it in the heat of the moment. Save this information someplace safe where you will be able to quickly retrieve it. 

It could save a load of laundry.

It's ironic that on a gray, rainy, drab Sunday afternoon we opened the dryer to find a load of clothes that had shared their bath and subsequent blow dry with three crayons.  Red, blue and yellow. We had the primaries covered and everything in the load was covered too.

Murphy's Law was, of course, in effect and the load contained my favorite-ist jeans - ones that I spent too much money on and would never replace - as well as Andrew's brand new khaki shorts, Thomas' favorite fleece jacket and most of Mark's work jeans and a whole host of other now newly spot-colored items.

This recipe for rewashing has *mostly* saved our wardrobes...

Hot water
Your regular amount of your regular liquid detergent
1/2 c. Borax
1/2 c. Baking Soda
1/2 c. Shout stain liquid
a generous squirt of regular Dawn dishwashing soap.

I found this recipe online while searching frantically for a method of removal that wouldn't require me to treat each spot with WD40.  I wouldn't say that it was 100% at stain removal but, my word, it's a significant improvement.  Someday, should you ever be faced with a similar laundry disaster, you'll wish you had saved this info.  Your favorite jeans will thank you!


Rosemary said...

Lawsy, mercy, what a mess! I can just picture the multi-colored clothing and the "excited" responses from family members. Kudos to you for "rescuing" the clothes and returning them to mostly wearable status, I hope.

Anonymous said...

I remember someone (her initials were S.S., she is my daughter, and her name is NOT Susan) who left a bright turquoise crayon in the pocket of her new yellow and white striped shorts 25 years ago. I think somewhere in the back of the linen closet I probably still have a white sheet pock-marked with bright blue. I did the best I could scrubbing with Mexican soap, and she wore her yellow, white and blue shorts the rest of the summer.
Glad you had better results. Mom

Maria said...

I too can picture how thrilled certain family members were to find that special surprise! Oh wow!

aimee said...

i imagine you were thinking, "oh, wouldn't it be nice to have a splash of color on this dreary day," unaware that you were in the process of getting one that very moment! you are much more industrious than i am... i'd throw the whole load away and go out to buy new clothes. i am lazy.

(gee whiz, i loved that comment from your mother.)