Your worst laundry disaster

United States
August 15, 2007 3:33pm CST
In the years I've been doing laundry, I have shrunk things as well as turned other items different colors. My worst laundry disaster, however, involved bleach. Working full time and having 2 teenagers in school can keep you pretty busy. During a pretty hectic time, I started a load of whites before going to the school for my daughters performance for dance class. I got distracted with a phone call before I had done more than add detergent and bleach. After work the next afternoon, I changed the clothes from the washer to the drier. The clothes were barely damp but I didn't give it any more thought until the drier buzzed. As I started the task of folding the laundry, I noticed holes in most of the things I was pulling out. Apparently I had forgotten to actually turn the washer on. AHHHHH! The bleach combined with the heat of the drier ruined almost everything in that load. Needless to say, I use that little bleach cup instead of pouring it directly onto the clothes now. :O So what's your worst laundry disaster?
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• United States
15 Aug 07
My worst disaster also involved bleach. I was going to do my laundry so I volunteered to take my roommate's laundry along. 3 pairs of jeans and 2 black shirts. I took it all to my grandmother house put it all on the side of the machine to check pockets and thru it in the machine. When they were done I'm taking them out of the machine and there are big white spots everywhere and only on her clothes not mine. Turned out that grandma had been bleaching sheets the day before and had spilled some on the lid, so when I opened the lid it leaked out to where I had set down my roommates clothes, mine were in front so they weren't touched. There wasn't enough to affect my clothes but it did a number on hers. Bad thing was I didn't have the money to replace the clothes and we didn't wear the same size so I couldn't give her any of mine to wear. To make it up to her, I washed and cleaned out her car once a week for a month. I cooked all meals for her for a month and did all the house cleaning for a month. I don't think she ever forgave me for it. She definitely never let me do her laundry again! LOL
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• United States
17 Aug 07
Ouch! That would be a bad situation. At least you tried to do something to make it up to her. Some people aren't quite so considerate when they damage your things. ;)
@foxyfire33 (10017)
• United States
15 Aug 07
I sed a cheap off brand of detergent someone had given me. I didn't notice anything when I pulled the clothes out of the washer but once they had been dried I discovered they all smelled like wet dog! I had already done two more loads after the first one that were still waiting to be dried too. I ended up with 3 loads of smelly clothes that I had to rewash several times before I got the smell mostly out. None of them were ever quite the same though. I also had to run my washer with no clothes just bleach and water a few times to clean it out because the smell of the detergent seemed to adhere itself to the insides. ...and saying "wet dog" really is an understatement. It was more like a whole kennel of dirty, wet dogs!
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• United States
17 Aug 07
Oh my! How unpleasant! Don't suppose you remember the name of it? I want to avoid the same mistake! :0
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
16 Aug 07
Hi paidreader! Oh that is a disaster! I have been doing laundry since I got married and I did have some kind of disastrous experiences in washing laundry too. But the worst one is when I was not able to check all the pockets of pants and clothes I am putting inside the washer, what happened is there are several coins that were still in the pocket that when I turn the washer and left it as I always do, when I came back the washer isn't working anymore...The coins got stuck and I have to get someone to have it repeired. I guess the damage was not in the laundry but in the washing machine itself. So I end up handwashing the clothes at that time. have a nice day and take care!
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• United States
17 Aug 07
Hi faith210! If coins are your problem, you might be able to repair it yourself, depending on what agitator is on your machine. Some of them have a screw or bolt (under the top cap) that can be loosened a bit and any coins stuck under the agitator base can be moved out of the way. It's a fast and easy fix if you have the tools needed to loosen the attachment, and most of the caps can be pried off by hand or a butter knife. ;)
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
16 Aug 07
My worst disaster was when my daughter forgot she had a ink pen in her pocket, and put it into the washer with all the other clothes. When the clothes were done she just tossed them into the dryer. When the dryer stopped I went to take them out and there was ink all over the clothes and all over my dryer. What a mess. The ink pen popped open in the dryer, kinda of the heat. I had to spray hairspray on each piece of clothes to get the ink out. The hairspray did work, but it took a long time. For the dryer I had to make a large bath towel wet and sock it in bleach and put it in the dryed. It did take out all the ink in the dryer. I sure hope the next time she looks in her pockets before putting clothes into the washer or dryer.
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• United States
17 Aug 07
Isn't that the truth! I'm glad to know hairspray worked on the ink. :)
• United States
16 Aug 07
disaster?...not really. but when i was in boot camp in the army almost 30 years ago, i gave up buying laundry detergent. i used to wash my uniforms in anything that was considered a soap. i put bars of soap in with my wash, dish detergent, probably the biggest mistake i ever made was washing them in comet cleanser. they came out very clean and smelled great, but as i recall i broke out in a terrible rash in some of the most private of areas. i learned my lesson after that. never again did i use comet.i am the laundry doer, for the most part, at home now, and i only use laundry detergent on the family's clothes. the worst i've done since is washing several loads with fabric softener as well, and forgetting about a load in the washer for several days. it doesn't take long for mold and mildew to grow on wet clothing, does it? but forever to get it out. neat discussion. thanks.
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• United States
17 Aug 07
I never would have thought of using comet. Sounds like a painful lesson, lol. I prefer to use liquid soaps as most powders don't dissolve very well if it gets caught between the folds of your clothes.
@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
16 Aug 07
probably when i went to wash at my sis's house, not know that bleach didn't drain well, i washed my white clothes with bleach then she put her work clothes, blacks, browns and grays well my bleach got on all her clothes! yeah i didn't know but she was p.o.! oh well she got over it!
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• United States
17 Aug 07
Ouch! That would be a bad load! :)