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'S just most men are kinda laundry dunces, and well, a lot of wombmenz are kinda better at it.... :redface:


See my problem is I bought this gorgeous pre-aged (like vintaged) cotton t-shirt in Urban Outfitters and I've worn it once and not washed it yet because well new t-shirts go into the washing machine gorgeous and come out of it looking like poop.

It's very pale lilac with a print on the front and I would normally put it on a mixed wash at 40 degrees with no fabric softener (cos I hate it, but I'm willing to swallow my hate of fabric softener if it'll help) and I don't have the facility to line dry so it'll have to be tumble dried.

Should I wash it at a cooler temp? With fabric softener? If I wash it at a cooler temp it might have to go in with darks and non-colour safes, so I'll have to use a colour catcher sheet....

Confusion reigns. Oh and apologies for the sexism and blatant question asking :redface:
 

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What is the material blend listed on the tag?

I usually wash on cold/rinse on cold...then you can lay flat to dry then wait an hour or so and flip the shirt over. I can't line dry any more but this seems to work. I never use softener, it never really comes out of your clothes and it will just continue to build up the more you use it.
 

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Just turn it inside out and put it on at 40 or 30 if you have an Eco setting. You don't have any room to put a tshirt on a radiator or over a door?

Softener isn't required.

I don't like tumble drying anything!

How's this a women's issue?
 

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My greatest concern would be pilling, and I'm not exactly sure what causes it. WHile it slightly shortens the life-expectancy of my garments, I shave pills off with a clothing shaver. This is the only advice I have, and it is relatively useless. Is that 40 degrees C?

I used wash all of my light colors with light colors only. I used warm water, liquid softener, and colorsafe bleach if needed. If anything in the wash was particularly precious, and nothing was particularly dirty, I'd use gentle cycle. Rougher cycles are for garments that need scrubbing when I do not have the time. I used tumble-dry low, with a softener sheet, unless most garments were prone to wrinkling. Anything too prone to wrinkling I either had dry-cleaned, or I put back into the dryer with soaking wet softener sheets on high heat until the wrinkles steamed out.

Where I live now, all of the washers and dryers eat everything. I don't even separate my colors anymore. I do laundry like someone who had no parents.
 

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What is the material blend listed on the tag?

I usually wash on cold/rinse on cold...then you can lay flat to dry then wait an hour or so and flip the shirt over. I can't line dry any more but this seems to work. I never use softener, it never really comes out of your clothes and it will just continue to build up the more you use it.



Yeah that's one of the reasons I'm not a big fan of fabric softener either.

It's 100% cotton, but because of having been pre-aged it's ultra-fine and ultra-delicate feeling.

Drying it flat is a great tip! Thanks :redface:
 

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Just turn it inside out and put it on at 40 or 30 if you have an Eco setting. You don't have any room to put a tshirt on a radiator or over a door?

Softener isn't required.

I don't like tumble drying anything!

How's this a women's issue?



It's shamelessly not a women's issue, for that I beg indulgence. :redface: (in fact I'll probably tow it out of here myself to somewhere more appropriate soon LOL)

My greatest concern would be pilling, and I'm not exactly sure what causes it. WHile it slightly shortens the life-expectancy of my garments, I shave pills off with a clothing shaver. This is the only advice I have, and it is relatively useless. Is that 40 degrees C?

I used wash all of my light colors with light colors only. I used warm water, liquid softener, and colorsafe bleach if needed. If anything in the wash was particularly precious, and nothing was particularly dirty, I'd use gentle cycle. Rougher cycles are for garments that need scrubbing when I do not have the time. I used tumble-dry low, with a softener sheet, unless most garments were prone to wrinkling. Anything too prone to wrinkling I either had dry-cleaned, or I put back into the dryer with soaking wet softener sheets on high heat until the wrinkles steamed out.

Where I live now, all of the washers and dryers eat everything. I don't even separate my colors anymore. I do laundry like someone who had no parents.


Yeah 's 40 degress C. My machine's lowest temp setting is 30.

Pilling is a cunt! Clothing shaver you say? :eek: Where can such a miraculous device be got? :eek:
 

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My grandma dries things flat on the dining table. She lays out a vinyl table cloth, then some clean, dry towels. She dries her sweaters on top of the towels, and turns on the ceiling fan above them. After the top feels dry, she flips them. She sometimes has to flip them a second time. When done, the wet towels go into the dryer. Heat dried towels feel MUCH nicer against the skin, in our opinion.
 

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Just turn it inside out and put it on at 40 or 30 if you have an Eco setting. You don't have any room to put a tshirt on a radiator or over a door?

Softener isn't required.

I don't like tumble drying anything!

How's this a women's issue?

because women's clothing generally have fold-out care labels.
with enough pictographic information to cover an Egyptian tomb wall.

silk, silk blend, silk wool blends, cottons, linens and heaps other i wouldn't risk ruining with mystery stains so i don't even buy 'em materials. washing and maintaining clothing is science. these ladies are philosophers/masters of the rinse cycle.
 

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My grandma dries things flat on the dining table. She lays out a vinyl table cloth, then some clean, dry towels. She dries her sweaters on top of the towels, and turns on the ceiling fan above them. After the top feels dry, she flips them. She sometimes has to flip them a second time. When done, the wet towels go into the dryer. Heat dried towels feel MUCH nicer against the skin, in our opinion.


Ah and after such excellent schooling your left throwing all your things in together like a muck-savage! :eek::wink:
 

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Pilling is a cunt! Clothing shaver you say? :eek: Where can such a miraculous device be got? :eek:
YES! I usually find them in drug stores. Sometimes I see them in the travel section near the folding blow dryers and outlet adapters. I found one for you on the UK Amazon site. You should look around though, this seems overpriced. I think 12 pounds is about $20 here; I never have paid more than $10. I have seen them for $14, and definitely would not pay more than that.
 

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i use the 'jam as much as i can into the washer, throw in soap, spin the dial until water starts flowing, go play video games' method.

of course i dress like a laundry pile to begin with :redface:
 

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Sadly, I think this really might be a women's issue. This came out of the label of one of my costumes. I need a wife. :eek:(
 

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YES! I usually find them in drug stores. Sometimes I see them in the travel section near the folding blow dryers and outlet adapters. I found one for you on the UK Amazon site. You should look around though, this seems overpriced. I think 12 pounds is about $20 here; I never have paid more than $10. I have seen them for $14, and definitely would not pay more than that.



Life changing!!!! I have so many things I love but wont wear anymore because they got all bobbly :biggrin1:
 

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YES! I usually find them in drug stores. Sometimes I see them in the travel section near the folding blow dryers and outlet adapters. I found one for you on the UK Amazon site. You should look around though, this seems overpriced. I think 12 pounds is about $20 here; I never have paid more than $10. I have seen them for $14, and definitely would not pay more than that.



Rofl!! :biggrin1::biggrin1::biggrin1::biggrin1:

A grown man of 35 of my acquaintance still sends his laundry home to his mother, and doesn't even bother to accompany the bags to pay a visit. Poor woman is run ragged she has 5 adult sons. :biggrin1::biggrin1::biggrin1:
 
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I have a handwash cycle for delicates on my machine. I'll supply the Sancere if you bring the olives.

The shirt can line-dry tomorrow.
 

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Life changing!!!! I have so many things I love but wont wear anymore because they got all bobbly :biggrin1:
You have to be patient and run the thing over the pills a few times, and you must empty the trap constantly. You must also accept that shaving your clothes will eventually damage them. To me, it is worth it, because it extends the amount of time I am willing to be seen in the clothes. I advise against cheating and using a razor. That always has resulted in holes when I have done it. I say to buy a fairly cheap one because the blades are not replaceable, and they go dull fairly quickly.
 

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I wash everything cold/cold....saves energy and it does the same as using warm or hot water...soap kills the bacteria.

I would actually recommend with that material to hand wash in the sink. Just fill up your sink and had some liquid laundry detergent and gently swish the water in circular motions, let soak for a about 10-15 mins, then swish again....run fresh water ..then fill up with clean water and let soak again. Once you have all of the soap out, lay flat in a towel to absorb the water pressing on it occationally. Then you can flat flat to dry

Hope this helps!
 

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If you can get a bottle of Forever New Forever New: Fabric Care Wash - Clean Clothes Safely & Gently! It truly keeps your colors and fabrics "Forever New" If it's really delicate turn it inside out and wash it inside of a cheesecloth or mesh bag and dry it flat on a towel.
This is really good advice. I wash my bras (and shamefully my stockings -- so LAZY!) in mesh bags. I will go back to table drying things when we move to the next place. I need my own laundry room again.
 

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This thread is testament to the ladies of LPSG's love for hilaire. A "laundry"question, and 21 responses in 30 minutes. :biggrin:
 
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I have a handwash cycle for delicates on my machine. I'll supply the Sancere if you bring the olives.

The shirt can line-dry tomorrow.



Will I really need the shirt tomorrow? Can't we just have an executive duvet day? :tongue:
 

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I wash everything cold/cold....saves energy and it does the same as using warm or hot water...soap kills the bacteria.

I would actually recommend with that material to hand wash in the sink. Just fill up your sink and had some liquid laundry detergent and gently swish the water in circular motions, let soak for a about 10-15 mins, then swish again....run fresh water ..then fill up with clean water and let soak again. Once you have all of the soap out, lay flat in a towel to absorb the water pressing on it occationally. Then you can flat flat to dry

Hope this helps!



Thank you that really is great advice! :redface:
 

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i use the 'jam as much as i can into the washer, throw in soap, spin the dial until water starts flowing, go play video games' method.

of course i dress like a laundry pile to begin with :redface:



I always had a thing for scruffy girls.... my first kiss with a woman was with a girl who listened to Nine Inch Nails and dressed like a junky. She was so hot though. :tongue:
 

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This new place I just moved into had all the appliance 'fixins pre-installed... First load of laundry with these uber Bosch machines was :eek:

Silly Germans gave the frickin' washer 15 preset cycles to choose from, and the dryer sounds like it's about to take off for Munich with my small clothes so they can be examined. :bigeyes2:

Took me a week to figure out why they would sometimes work, and other times not... stupid pre-programmed time delay to automatically start a cycle at night to save electricity... dials, buttons, LED screen... SKYNET etc.

If you haven't figured it out by now, I *suck* at doing laundry (aka operating the junk to do the work for me). This is why I buy clothes made of easy to wash materials :sly:

So don't despair, hilaire! I would have either destroyed your shirt by now, or asked my mom how to, or to wash it for me. :lick::lmao:
 

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Not a Women's Issue! You should know better Hil. We already have six reports about this thread! :biggrin:

I know what causes pilling. The cure I applied I applied is expensive through. After losing a couple of heavy knitted Musto pullovers to incurable pilling, I looked it up. The holes in the tub of washing machines suck the fibres in when it's on spin cycle. After a few washings you get pills forming and the machine keeps sucking on them until are big ugly fibre carbuncles.

So I now use a Miele machine with a smooth stainless steel drum and micro-tiny holes. No more pills, less soap, less water and it's super quiet. It's a wonderful and simple machine. I love it as much as my Ducati.


Hil, turn it inside out, wash it on cold and a slow spin with some like coloured cotton shirts and hang it to dry or leave it flat on a towel. I don't own and won't use a tumble drier. They ruin clothing.
 

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This new place I just moved into had all the appliance 'fixins pre-installed... First load of laundry with these uber Bosch machines was :eek:

Silly Germans gave the frickin' washer 15 preset cycles to choose from, and the dryer sounds like it's about to take off for Munich with my small clothes so they can be examined. :bigeyes2:

Took me a week to figure out why they would sometimes work, and other times not... stupid pre-programmed time delay to automatically start a cycle at night to save electricity... dials, buttons, LED screen... SKYNET etc.

If you haven't figured it out by now, I *suck* at doing laundry (aka operating the junk to do the work for me). This is why I buy clothes made of easy to wash materials :sly:

So don't despair, hilaire! I would have either destroyed your shirt by now, or asked my mom how to, or to wash it for me. :lick::lmao:



Those infernal machines! Mine sound similar to yours, they're very good but not easy to figure out at first. :tongue:
 

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Not a Women's Issue! You should know better Hil. We already have six reports about this thread! :biggrin:

I know what causes pilling. The cure I applied I applied is expensive through. After losing a couple of heavy knitted Musto pullovers to incurable pilling, I looked it up. The holes in the tub of washing machines suck the fibres in when it's on spin cycle. After a few washings you get pills forming and the machine keeps sucking on them until are big ugly fibre carbuncles.

So I now use a Miele machine with a smooth stainless steel drum and micro-tiny holes. No more pills, less soap, less water and it's super quiet. It's a wonderful and simple machine. I love it as much as my Ducati.


Hil, turn it inside out, wash it on cold and a slow spin with some like coloured cotton shirts and hang it to dry or leave it flat on a towel. I don't own and won't use a tumble drier. They ruin clothing.


BAN ME! I Dare ya! :eek::biggrin1:


OMG I must own that miele machine!!!!!!!!! I'm green with envy! (did we just man-up this thread with gadgetry? It must towed to a more testosterone fueled environment instantly) :biggrin1: