A turn for the worse- laundry calamities and how to fix them

laundry calamities and how to fix them, laundry accident, dyeing accident, shrunk clothes

We’ve all had that sinking feeling when we open the washing machine door and witness the terrible sight that awaits us in the drum. Hauling the load out in disbelief, you find that clothes colours have merged together, tissues left in trouser pockets have been shredded into a saturated mess, or your clothes could now fit a Barbie! These sort of disasters can happen all too easily, so here are a few handy tips to try and salvage unfortunate mishaps.

Tickled pink

It’s a quiet afternoon, but horror soon unfolds when your hubby’s shirts emerge from the wash a lovely, but not a very masculine, shade of pink. Curse the stray red sock that caused this dyeing disaster! To attempt to save them so he will be none the wiser, soak the offending garments overnight and then re-wash as much as needed, the colour should lift. However, if it’s persistent, try dark-dyeing them to mask the colour, and the shirts will soon be wearable again. They won’t be white, but at least your partner won’t look like a giant prawn cocktail!

A good yarn

You’re searching inside the drum for your missing cardigan, but all you can find is a sodden clump of wool. The washing machine has struck again, unraveling your poor beat-up button-up! If you’re any good at knitting you could try and restore it, or why not re-knit it into a fancy woolen scarf? The creative possibilities are endless to up-cycle your cardi culled in the wash cycle.


You’re running on autopilot, bunging in the washing and not checking heat settings. Now it’s a case of ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Clothes!’ You’re delicate jumper is 3 sizes too small. Before you head off to invent an anti-shrink ray gun, there’s an easier way to restore minimized fabrics. Take the shrivelled sweater and place it in warm water and dollop in regular hair conditioner to soften the fibres. Leave to soak, and then pull the pullover slowly and gently until it has returned to it’s proper size.

However, if your washer continuously ruins your clothes, it may be time to buy a new one. John Lewis stock a fantastic range of state of the art washing machine brands, such as Zanussi, which produce machines to suit every laundry need.

Remember, when sorting your washing in future, to avoid nasty turns check pockets, wash similar colours together, and don’t forget to check the label!

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Zanussi. 

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