Guest Blog by: Midge
My husband is very helpful around the house. He has to travel often and works long hours but when he is at home, he always offers to lend a hand with chores and watching the wee one. On one random Thursday (last week), he saw our laundry pile was looking quite diminished and decided that instead of adding his clothes to the baskets; he was going to put them right into the washing machine.
Our new economy-sized laundry soap container was sitting on the floor next to the dryer covered with a few pieces of clothes. (The clothes had just “dove” out of the laundry basket on their way to the washing machine.) Not seeing the laundry soap immediately, he assumed we were out of soap. He loudly raised his voice and shared that we were out of soap. Then he asked if he could he use the bottle of Clorox instead. You can already see where this is going, right?
Of course, I responded from the kitchen, over the rush of water flowing into the washing machine, that Clorox was bleach unless the bottle specifically says that you can use it on colors (like: Clorox 2). Five minutes later, he bounded into the kitchen, proud of himself for helping out by doing his load of wash. It was then we realized that he had not heard me correctly and had used bleach in the load, which contained everything but white clothes.
It actually only really ruined two shirts. But, ugh… talk about a laundry learning curve! My husband and I had a good laugh and he told me I just had to share it with you!
Have you ever made a laundry mistake like this? Is there any way to repair a shirt that has been bleached? My husband is thinking of making the shirts have an acid wash jeans kind of effect like those “rad” jeans from the 80’s. What are your favorite kinds of laundry products? How have you saved money while doing your laundry?