The Day My Tags Melted
October 18, 2017 9:37am CST
I hope this title gets people curious, because sometimes I think that this stuff only happens to me. It's no secret that more and more clothing companies are going to tagless designs. Now, that in and of itself is a great thing, because no one likes the feeling of a tag tickling his or her neck. The catalog company that I buy a lot of clothes from has started doing it, too, so I was pleased to see that neither of the two nightshirts I bought recently had tags. Instead of tags, most companies use imprints now that are pasted right onto the back of the clothes. So ideally, you have no tag to deal with or cut off, so it's great. But not when the tag "ink" is made of material that melts under high heat! Let me explain. The first time I washed those two nightshirts, I put them through the washer and dryer in the community laundry room here. OK, good so far. But when I put one on, I could feel something scratching the back of my neck. I was puzzled, because I knew there was no tag back there. So I took the shirt off to check and discovered that the ink the manufacturer had used to imprint its "tag" was made of plastic, and it had melted in the high heat of the gas dryer! After sitting a while in my bureau, the "tag" had dried and now it feels like running your finger across sandpaper. So, I wear those two nightshirts wrong side out, as there is nothing I can do to take the stuff off, as it has fused to the material. I HAVE considered sewing a small patch of soft cotton over the spot, but I haven't gotten that far yet. It just seems easier to turn the thing wrong side out and be done with it. This puzzled me, until someone told me that gas dryers generate much more intense heat than electric dryers do. Which doesn't surprise me, as the clothes in the dryer is often too hot to touch when I go to take it out. Nothing can be done about that either, as it's coin-operated and runs on just one heat cycle, so I'd have to babysit the dryer and take the clothes out before the heat can do any damage. But that certainly never occurred to me until this happened. Live and learn, as the old saying goes. And the lessons hardest learned are usually those remembered! (Public Domain Image)
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@Raelove Some months ago we moved to a different flat/apartment in our house. The last has a small balcony with a roof where I used to dry my washing. Even better than a spare room! The one we're in now has an even smaller balcony but it has room enough for a deckchair and a small table and a 'foot' for an umbrella. I was out there (the balcony on the top floor) today because it was a wonderful, warm day. The balcony faces south-west so I had a lot of sunshine.
• St. Catharines, Ontario
Yes, gas dryers do run hotter. When I had one (long ago and far away) clothes dried in no time. As for those melted ink globs, maybe you can try putting a scrap of material over them and running a very hot iron over them to try to melt them off.
• Gainesville, Florida
Believe it or not, I have had tags melt as well! But I don't have that problem anymore, because now I hang up my clothes to air dry (although I still have a dryer and use it every now and then). But I save about 75 cents on electricity every time I don't use the dryer; plus, my clothes smell so much fresher when they are hung up to air dry!
• Saco, Maine
I miss being able to dry things outside. Drying them inside takes too long, and they get stiff and don't smell as good. Management put a clothesline carousel here awhile back. But it's right in front of the buildings and too far from my door, so I doubt I'll ever use it.