5 Annoying Laundry Problems Solved!

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Every now and then we go through our older laundry videos and look at the comments. We like to find the laundry conundrums that the Clean My Space nation is experiencing and show you how to solve them.

Fabric Weights

If you notice that you have pilling on your clothes it could mean that you’re mixing fabric weights. We’ve been trained for as long as I can remember to separate our colors when we’re doing laundry—lights, colors, and darks. The one thing we’re not taught is to separate fabric weights. Think about it like this. If something light like a cotton T-shirt is washed with something really heavy like a terry towel, the two garments are in the washing machine spinning around and the terry towel is rubbing vigorously against this light cotton T-shirt. When I pull those two out of the wash, what happens? The towel looks fab and the t-shirt looks beaten up. If you notice that this is happening—and not only to cotton garments but anything that has a synthetic blend—what you want to do is separate out your fabrics by weight. Ideally, you would want to wash your linens together, your towels and sweaters together, and finally your lighter fabrics separately. In short, avoiding mixing the really heavy pieces with lighter pieces.

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Wet Drying

If you notice that your laundry is coming out of the dryer still damp there could be a couple of things going wrong. The first thing you want to do is check the lint trap and make sure that it’s empty. Not only is it a fire hazard, but it’s also something that can prevent airflow, meaning your clothes will struggle to dry completely. The other place to check is the second vent—that would be the vent that is either at the back of your home, or just above the dryer in a condo—these have lint traps as well. Finally, the silver piping which leads from the dryer could be blocked. In the event that that’s an issue you can clean it yourself, or you can definitely bring a professional to deal with this as well.

Color Bleeding

Something we’ve heard a lot from the Clean My Space community is, “I don’t have a washing machine in my home so I have to go to a laundromat and I don’t want to bring three loads of laundry with me, I just want to do one big load.” Other people say, “I don’t want to wash separate loads. I want to do one large load to be more energy and water conservative”. I often find myself in a similar situation; Riley comes home from daycare and has a couple of stained garments but I don’t have a full load of colors, maybe I just have a few whites, a few darks and now these new pieces. What am I supposed to do? Wait a week until I have a full load of colors to wash these? Normally, this would be a problem but I’ve been using Carbona Color Grabber for the past few months. They’re these microfiber sheets that you just throw in with your load that grab and lock loose dyes to shield laundry from dye transfer which prevents color runs, so, you can keep your new clothes looking newer longer all while saving time. I’ve been using them for months and seriously I swear by them.

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Static Cling

Another thing that really irks the Clean My Space nation is static cling, and this is actually a super solvable problem. Now, in my world, I don’t like using dryer sheets. I don’t like the feeling of the residue and I don’t like the smell that emanates from them so I just eliminate them altogether. Our preferred method is to use dryer balls. Whether you want to use wool, which is great for natural fabrics like cotton, or if you want to the plastic dryer balls that look like little hedgehogs, both work really well. You can even do some DIY ones (tinfoil, tennis balls, etc.). No matter the solution you choose it’ll help to break up the clothing and beat out that static cling. If you don’t want to use dryer balls, I’ve got another easy tip for you. You want to dry your clothes until they’re damp—maybe about 10 minutes away from being completely dry—stop the load, pull out the garments, give them a quick snap and hang them to dry. While this might seem like a little bit of extra work, you’re actually killing two birds with one stone. First of all, by doing this there won’t be any static cling. Second, you won’t have to worry about your clothing wrinkling. Finally, you can dry your garments at a lower temperature for a longer period of time.

Smelly Washing

A clean load of laundry starts with a clean washing machine. Your washing machine needs attention to keep it fresh and clean. Towel down the inside after each use—give the drum a quick wipe along with the inside of the gasket and the back of the door. This might seem like an extra step, but regular attention will save you a lot of heartaches. Likewise, make sure you leave the washer door open when not in use along with the soap dispenser tray. Finally, consider using a product to maintain washer freshness. So for instance, Carbona Washing Machine Cleaner with Activated Charcoal attracts and binds odor-causing residues. This is a super simple way to maintain your machine. You know what I always say—Let the product do the work for you.

A special thank you to our friends at Carbona for sponsoring this post. Carbona has a complete line of stain removers designed specifically to handle virtually any stain situation in your home. Visit carbona.com to conquer your stain the Carbona way.

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Melissa Maker is an entrepreneur, cleaning expert, founder of Toronto’s most popular boutique cleaning service, and star of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube (but she still hates to clean!). Every week, Melissa delivers new videos dishing expert advice on cleaning products, tools, DIY substitutes, and practical, timesaving solutions to everyday problems. Melissa has appeared on the Today Show, and has been featured in InStyle, Real Simple, and Better Homes and Gardens.