5 Annoying Laundry Problems Solved!

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Every now and then, we go through our older laundry videos on our YouTube channel 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.

I want to provide the Clean My Space community with the best laundry tips and laundry hacks so that laundry day can be as pain-free as possible. Of course, no one likes doing laundry, but think how much better it would be if we didn’t have to deal with problems like color bleeding, static cling, smelly laundry, and more. But never fear; I’m here to answer your most common laundry questions. So keep reading to find out how to solve all your annoying laundry problems.

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 doing laundry—lights, colors, and darks. Unfortunately, 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, avoid mixing the weighty pieces with more lightweight pieces.

Melissa Maker holding a laundry basket

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; my daughter 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.

Melissa loading the washing machine

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 s

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 use 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. And my last method to avoid static cling is to simply 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.

Laundry Hacks For You!

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And if you have a laundry question, be sure to leave a comment below so we can keep making everyone’s laundry day a little bit easier. 

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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.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Yikes! There was a tissue in my jeans pocket! Didn’t see it before I washed them. Now the little pieces are all over the wet jeans! Ideas?

    • Hi Judy, shake your clothes out well. This is best to do as soon as you take them out of the wash and realize you washed a tissue with your laundry. I recommend doing this over a towel as it makes a mess. Then, throw your clothes into the dryer. The lint collector should do most of the work for you. For any leftover pieces, or for clothing that can’t go in the dryer, allow clothes to dry and then use a lint roller.

  2. Melissa I love your videos thank you for all your help… I have been plagued with a problem with my washer for years… It never adds enough water… I have had clothes not even getting wet and the water level is down below the clothes what the heck are these engineers thinking when they designed these machines to be so restrictive on the water??
    The only solution I could come up with is just wetting all the dirty clothes as I’m putting them in the washer so they way more but what an annoying time consuming problem… Could you would you please… Ask a design engineer to help us fix this problem?? I have heard the complaint from so many people I think it needs to be fixed to make our lives easier and I’m counting on you to help us!! ❤️❤️

    • Hi Joy, it sounds like your washing machine might be malfunctioning! I would recommend contacting a professional who specializes in washing machine repair.

    • Hi Marilyn, this depends how you are washing the shirts. You should be able to get them clean in a regular cycle with laundry detergent. Alternatively, some people choose to dry clean dress shirts.

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