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Topic: The Evil Stain Dryer Sheet *HOW TO SAVE YOURSELF*  (Read 637 times)
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« on: May 07, 2008 11:42:14 PM »

I'm helping a friend make a dress out of a fake silk, and it's quite lovely.  However, we needed more fabric.  I bought some.  I washed it, and tossed it in the dryer with Bounce brand dryer sheets to reduce that static cling.

There are stains on the fabric all over!  I'm sure it's the Bounce.

Should we just finish making the dress and launder the completed project and hope for the best?  This will come out, won't it?

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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2008 06:32:56 AM »

What went through the dryer before the fabric? I've had crayon get on things because it remained in the dryer from the previous load (stray marks inside the dryer, not a whole crayon), which I didn't notice in that load because it was all dark. It took me forever to figure it out because it was soft color blobs not big obvious chunks of waxy crayon. I'd wash it again right away, not do a lot of sewing only to have a permanently stained dress.
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2008 06:27:47 PM »

OK.  I got on the website for Bounce dryer sheets - bounceeverywhere.com.  They say that if you get staining on polyester fabric, it's most likely because you dried the garment all by itself.  That's EXACTLY what I did.  The dryer sheet is intended to dry one full load of laundry.  When you put in 1 lonely blouse, the excess chemicals flop around and stain your fabric. 

The solution:  NEXT TIME, wash your fabric with a couple towels, then dry them all so that the Bounce is dispersed evenly.

TO FIX IT when you make my mistake, they say to use a bar of soap to hand wash the stained areas, then dry with a full load of other stuff.

I will keep you posted.  I just washed by hand, and am waiting for everything to dry.
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2008 08:37:04 PM »

huh- go figure. I guess I've had water conservation punded into my head for so long it never occured to me. Washing less than full loads around here is pretty much a cardinal sin. Huge city on top of a delicate water system FTL.
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