Odd laundry problems:

Gum, Poison Ivy, Fleas, and Pollen

This collection from our co-worker Ann Sheehan is all about "Odd laundry problems" and it will help you deal with poison ivy, bubble gum, pollen, fleas, and pilling in the wash.

Page last modified on 2017-10-29

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    by Julie Baka

Laundry wouldn't be such a bad chore if you could just separate everything by fabric and color, and then toss it into the washing machine. But seldom do things go as planned. Bizarre circumstances come up in every family when it comes to getting clothes clean. Here are a few helpful ideas...

 

Pollen

Did your daughter (the kid that is allergic to every tree and plant!) chase the dog through that meadow with the tall grass? While outdoors and upwind, vigorously shake the clothing she was wearing to remove any excess pollen. Then wrap packing tape around your hand with the sticky side out and extract all remaining pollen. Don't use your bare hand or a wet towel to try to remove the pollen, as this will only imbed it deeper into the fabric. Next, soak the garment in cold water, then rinse. Launder as usual. Air dry to be sure the pollen has not left a stain.

 

 

man in field of pollen plants

 

 

Chewing Gum

Did your son sit in a sticky glob of bubblegum at the ballpark? First, remove as much excess gum as possible using a tissue or papertowel. Next, put his pants in a plastic bag and freeze for a few hours. After the gum hardens, carefully remove the solid mass with a credit card or dull knife. If the gum gets gooey again, simply repeat the process. Launder as usual. Air dry to be sure the gum did not leave a stain.

 

 

girl blowing bubble gum

 

 

Poison Ivy

Did your daughter store the pretty plants with the "leaves of three" in her dress pockets? Keep her clothing isolated while you clean her up to prevent the poison ivy oil from spreading to everything else. Then put about two tablespoons of Dawn into a bucket of hot water. Wearing gloves, place all the contaminated clothing into the bucket and let soak for about an hour. Rinse, and repeat if necessary. Launder as usual and air dry in the sunshine.

 

 

poison ivy leaves

 

 

Fleas

Did your cat come home covered with fleas and then proceed to make himself comfortable on your unmade bed? Launder the sheets in as hot of water as possible for the fabric, as the hot water will kill the fleas and their eggs. Use the dryer in this case, as the heat will kill anything that happened to live through the washing machine. Yes, every once in a while it is a good to put your clothing in the dryer! LOL

 

 

kitten scratching fleas

 

 

Pilling

The night before your important presentation do you notice your favorite sweater is covered with "pills" - those annoying small balls that seem to grow on synthetic material? First, use a lint brush or masking tape to remove anything that is loose. Then use a battery-operated pill-remover or gently use a disposable razor to shave off the rest. Remember to always launder these garments inside out and allow them to air dry.

 

 

pilling or fuzz balls on clothing

 

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