When do you need to dry clean (really)?
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How do you get sweat stains out of white T-shirts?
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Pit stains are, well, the pits. Many antiperspirants contain aluminum chloride, which reacts with sweat and discolors light fabrics. None are foolproof, but there are a few ways to get rid of these unsightly yellow stains. Turn the shirt inside out and rinse in cold water. For old stains, sponge with white vinegar, let it set for at least thirty minutes, and launder in the hottest water recommended for the fabric. Don’t use the dryer, which will set the stain. For new stains, try rubbing with ammonia (1 tablespoon to 1/2 cup water) before washing. If that doesn’t work, try Clorox—but not together with ammonia, unless you want to pass out on your laundry room floor.
When do you need to hand wash your delicates (really)?
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How do you get pills off a sweater?
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If you wash it, wash it inside-out and air dry it to prevent pilling. There are small electric shavers and fabric combs made for de-pilling, but they don’t always work. For a cheaper alternative, brush the sweater very lightly—this is key, unless you want some new air vents in your garment, too—with a disposable razor. There are also special pumice stones that de-pill sweaters. Be warned: They’re a little smelly and crumbly, but worth it for a smooth, ball-free sweater.
How do you keep black clothes from fading?
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How do you get wrinkles out without an iron?
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Why is it that when you most need an iron, there’s never one around? Here’s a trick for steaming wrinkles out of your clothes: When you’re showering—or you can run the hot water and close the door—hang the crinkled garment on a hanger away from the water and let the steam loosen the fabric. The creases should fall out. Of course, the best way to avoid wrinkles is not to get them in the first place. Don’t over-dry clothes, and remove them from the dryer and hang or fold as soon as they’re dry.
How do you get out red wine stains?
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It’s all fun and games until someone spills a little merlot on your new skirt. The first thing to do, while the Rorschach is still wet, is to try to blot out all the wine you can with a paper towel or napkin. If the fabric is washable, run under cold water, apply a small amount of clear liquid dish soap, and rinse again. Pre-treat it before machine washing. Don’t have any dish soap on hand? Chances are if there was red wine, there’s white. Saturate the stain in white wine or club soda and blot. A liberal salting—just regular table salt—also helps absorb some of the liquid and keeps the stain from spreading and setting.