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For some reason laundry has always been difficult for me. I can never get clothes to LOOK clean – no matter what I do. It is not just the obvious white shirts, delicate tops, thick bath towels with ground in grime. It is the very ordinary T-shirts, trousers, sweatshirts and other items that just never come out clean – especially the colors and necks and cuffs.

In 10 years I’ve gone through 2 washing machines and both have been really quite good (the present one has a long life guarantee on its motor!). I’ve tried every wash cycle, hot and cold, various powders, stain removal sprays, hand soaking, scrubbing, many different powders. I’ve even tried simple DIY vinegar and lemon juice solutions. But still the results are “disappointing”.

Then this morning two bright red (fairly new) tops came out looking clean. They had been washed separately as per label and inside out as per label. And I’d opted for a cold wash – despite the label since I once turned a pair of purple trousers yellow and didn’t want to ruin these new garments with water that might have been hotter than advertized! I scratched my head and tried to work out why they had come out clean – especially the cuffs that had been given their fair share of abuse during wear.

Was it that they were ‘new’ and perhaps the very dirty sleeve cuffs hadn’t yet incorporate the grime so far into the fabric that I still stood a chance? Was it that they were in a very light load and really got a chance to be washed with no other garments? I was sure I’d done that many times before. Or was it that I’d sprayed the cuffs with stain removal first? I was sure I’d done that many times before too.

Perhaps it was some combination of all the above. One thing I know is that this morning I experienced a laundry miracle and just might try light load with stain removal spray in cold water a little more often!


Posted by mom176887, 30th April 2016


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  • I find for my whites, I soak them in the laundry tub in napisan, the respray collars and cuffs with napisan and then put them on a hot cycle so they don’t go grey eventually. I’ve found this works well for our clothes.
    For coloured clothes, I usually put them on a cold cycle, still spraying collars and cuffs etc, then I put it on a slower/gentler wash. It takes longer to wash and dry but the coloured clothes seem to clean best this way for us.
    Washing is a pain isn’t it! I would love to wish it away for someone else to worry about!!

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  • Any stains, I spray Orange Power Pre-wash stain removal on, give it a quick rub then was as normal. Occasionally one doesn’t come off if I have left it too long before washing it.

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  • I hope you have continued laundry success… lol.

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  • Laundry is hard work isn’t it . I just bought Woolies Homebrand Liquid laundry detergent for the first time . Coles one is not too bad. Hope this one is decent for only $1.98. Just wanted to test it out and compare with Coles one .

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  • Good for you. These little wins are so fulfilling!

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  • Glad you found a long sought after solution.

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  • Good on you! I hope you will keep having this feeling for a long time. :-)
    Often people “overload” a washing machine. And that really doesn’t help in getting clothes clean.
    Maybe it’s also a question of your clothes material. Maybe the last ones were of better quality?

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  • Here’s to hoping you have further success.

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  • Maybe you finally found the right detergent.

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  • Yay for your laundry miracle.vi hope you have many many more

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  • Try putting a drop of dishwashing liquid on any greasy food marks omn t shirts ( well anything really) then wash as normal. The marks come out every time.

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  • I always wash in cold water, the results are always good.

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