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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mystery Stains Part 2

When my husband and I first got married, we lived in a 341 square foot garage apartment. We did have a washer and dryer, but they were installed in a utility room in the back of the pool house across the property. At first, I tried keeping our laundry caught up during the week. But after my prankster husband scared the life out of me by jumping out behind a tree late one night, I changed my habit to doing laundry on Saturdays only. So during the week, we placed our clothes in the appropriate place - either our A Cleaner World express bag or in the laundry basket. At the end of the week both would be stuffed.

It turns out that there was a flaw in that system. Did you know that stains can transfer from one garment to another? It's called redeposition, and there are a number of ways it can happen. For instance, you spill marinara on your shirt. That night you don't think twice and throw it into the hamper. Throughout the week more items get stuffed into the hamper and before you know it the marinara shirt has rubbed up against several things and you now have marinara on three pieces instead of one. Or you get a new workout shirt and it's red. You wear it to the gym and get it all sweaty. Then you throw it in the laundry with everything else and suddenly your husband's white t-shirts are marbled with pink. You get the idea.

So how do you solve the problem? Just take a few minutes to separate your clothes, even if you're not ready to do laundry. In our house, we've designated the top of the dryer as the place for special attention items. If I see something there, I know it needs special care. I've also made the habit of draping wet items, like for instance my sweaty running shirts and shorts or washcloths, over the side of the basket to dry if I'm not going to wash them right away. I know this takes a bit more time, but it's time well spent so that you don't have to wash those marinara shirts again or make your husband wear pink.

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