Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Laundry Issues

Remember my recent laundry issues? Well, it seems that was just the beginning.

The green dress, by the way, is still hanging in the laundry room. I tried Jennifer’s Tide suggestion, and it helped a bit. Enough that I actually wore it as a swimsuit cover-up when we went to the water park, remaining weird yellowish spot and all.

Go ahead, judge me.

I figured it couldn’t get any worse, and everybody would be too busy keeping their kids from drowning to notice.

I washed it and hung it back up in the laundry room until I could find some magic cure on the internet, which I haven’t yet. Probably because I only did one half-hearted search for something like “non-bleach laundry discoloration”, and I think Google had some trouble with it.

Just this past weekend I pulled a pair of my favorite Gap Chino capris out of the dryer and they had pink spots all over them. I didn’t even have the heart to take pictures of it. Again, no bleach had been anywhere near them and I’d even used different laundry detergent this time, ya’ll.

I can’t begin to tell you how depressed I am that my second-favorite pair of Gap capris are now basically ruined. Or “rurnt,” depending on your southern dialect. Especially since I bought them at the Gap Outlet for the amazing low low price of $6.95. Oh yes I did. And yes, I remember the price from when I bought them three years ago, the summer I was a large pregnant woman and got weird looks as I bought “skinny” clothes.

So I guess all of that to say that I’m totally over doing laundry. I will keep washing because, well, I like to have clean underwear. But as for the rest of it, I’m almost afraid it’ll all come out with pink spots. And I loathe paying whatever it is for the detergent when all it’s going to do is mess up my clothes. I’m seriously considering doing what the Duggars (and Jill) do and make my own detergent. I don’t think it could possibly be any worse.

Because if I lose any more nearly-favorite articles of clothing, I might just have a nervous breakdown. And how that would be different from say, a regular Tuesday, I don’t really know, other than I’d be one step closer to having to do laundry even more often than I already do.

And that might just send me even deeper into the crazy. And I don’t see that being good for anybody.

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  1. Hey, I have a whole 5 gallon bucket of the laundry detergent I mixed up from the recipe from Jill. Do you want me to bring you some so you can try it? Also, you probably already know this, but try a bar of the Fels Naptha soap. It gets out every stain in the world practically, but I am not so certain about the non-bleach stain. I know EXACTLY what you are talking about.

  2. When I worked in the dark room I would get stains on my clothes that would appear mysteriously after i washed them. I knew what they were just didn't know I had them until after I washed and dried it. IS there anyway you could have spilled something on your pants or dress that is like magic and appears later? :-)
    I would say that I haven't had anything like this happen to me in a while, but I won't because I don't want to jinx my long running stain free streak.

  3. I hate the pink spots too...seriously where do they come from! I agree on the clean underwear. It is the only thing that keeps me going.