Post # 1
So I’m one of those people who tends to throw everything in the washing machine. I never had things nice enough that I cared too much – the odd thing would get dry cleaned, but generally it all went in the washer (even a top load…)
I now live in a building with front load machines so I haven’t really been careful, handwash stuff usually goes in on delicate, with Woolite, and I hang/lie flat to dry.
I have a new shirt, that I love, that’s cotton crochet and rayon, it’s handwash only. It was more than I would usually pay for a shirt (but it was for a special occasion and I really like it) I don’t want to ruin it.
How on earth do I actually handwash something and make sure it’s clean and there’s no soap left in it? Or am I okay using woolite on the gentle cycle with a front load machine?
Post # 3
Maybe?! Eeeek, I suck at these things. I throw everything in the washing machine, and I’ve shrunk many a shirt because of this habit.
Post # 4
@MsGinkgo: I just use a delicates bag and throw the whole thing in on the delicate cycle.
Post # 5
@MsGinkgo: i usually wash things like this in my bathroom sink. put the plug in and fill it with water and a little bit of woolite. if it’s not stained or anything, hand wash for a few minutes and/or let it soak a bit. drain the soapy water and fill with fresh water for rinsing. i usually do this a couple of times. squeeze it out and lay flat or hang to dry.
Post # 6
I also wash in my bathroom sink, with a TINY bit of soap. I’ll usually just let it soak for 10 minutes, then kinds of swish it around and rinse a few times, lay flat to dry. As long as it isn’t stained, you should have any problems getting it clean.
I also had a few delicate bags that I use for sweaters and things. I just toss that in the washer with regular clothes but it keeps the nice things from rubbing up against the other clothes and the bumps in the side of the washer. (I also have a top loader)
Post # 7
@PermaStudent: This is my problem, I’ve discovered that Rayon, Viscose, and other cotton-like synthetic fabrics can do funny things in the wash. I really don’t want to ruin this one!
@mypinkshoes: A little bit being a teaspoon? A tablespoon? A quarter cup? I’m really not good at this! You want me to get out a stain – I’m your girl, wash something delicate, not so much.
Post # 8
Oooo, that’s a tough one because of the rayon. I always avoid buying clothes with rayon in them now because every time they get washed, they end up shrinking to baby t-shirt size 🙁
Post # 9
@MsGinkgo: the laundry soap should tell you how much soap to use based on the amount of water. i would use a very little bit (a sink does not hold that much water). start with a teaspoon and if you need more suds, add a bit more.
don’t add too much soap or it will take forever to rinse it out and if not completely rinsed, may damage the fabric over time.
Post # 10
Yup, Woolite in the bathroom sink. I believe a capful is the appropriate amount. Suds it up in lukewarm water, then gently squeeze the suds through the shirt, gently rubbing any areas that are dirtier (collar, underarms).
Then rinse thoroughly, gently squeeze the water out, and lay flat on a clean towel. Roll the towel up and squeeze hard (sometimes I even put it on the floor and step on it) to get as much water out as possible. Then, take it out of the towel and lay it on a drying rack to dry.
Post # 11
@Cory_loves_this_girl: I know, I have a love/hate relationship with rayon, i love the way it looks and feels, hate the way it washes. I honestly didn’t even look at the tag when I bought it, I probably would have second guessed the purchase if I’d been paying attention, but it was one of those situations where you need an outfit for tomorrow, you have nothing, you’re finding nothing, and finally something clicks.
Post # 12
@mypinkshoes: Ah, you saved me from describing how my mum used to wash our clothes before we got a washing machine! That’s exactly how she did it.
Post # 13
@MsGinkgo: I know, rayon does look and feel great until it gets washed 🙁
Post # 14
@MsGinkgo: I only trust the dry cleaner with my rayon items (there’s a particular t shirt brand I love, that’s 100% rayon). I’ve never had issue with one coming back from the cleaners anything less than perfect, its an expense, but… worth it.
As far as handwashing goes, I purchased a small container of detergent for delicates, its meant to be used in the sink/ tub. I use it for bras, underwear, lingerie.. etc.. but for clothing I just stick with the cleaners (one of my rayon shirts ended up discolored after handwashing..).
ETA: This is the detergent I bought, a little goes along way: http://www.glamoursecrets.co.uk/shop/fabric-wash3.jpg