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I’ve posted before about my husband’s love of washing clothes. He washes one load after the other, and then throws the clean, dried clothes into a laundry basket…or worse…the bed or a chair, where he expects them to magically fold themselves. Right now, my room looks like someone vomited clothes all over the place. I’ve not posted the other annoying thing he does with the laundry, something even worse than cleaning, drying and leaving them to wrinkle in a pile….he refuses to pre-treat stains. He lets the stains SET in the clothes…doesn’t even BOTHER to treat them at all!

I just bought a pretty yellow shirt a week ago. I got BBQ sauce on it and laid it aside to pre-treat before it got washed. What does he do? Goes behind me, throws it, along with his dark clothes, into the wash while I was otherwise occupied. What do I find later that day when I go to wash laundry? An empty hamper and an empty washer and dryer. I go to my room and lo and behold, there sits my yellow shirt on top of the pile of freshly laundered clothes….stain set it. I was hot. I’ve told him before to check for stains or ask me if there were stains that needed treatment before he goes wash happy with the laundry. Or, heck, only wash his own dang clothes and leave the rest alone! I think he has a weird addiction to doing laundry. He should be featured on the show, My Strange Addiction. Seriously, it’s bad. He needs an intervention.

Can this shirt be saved? I guess if I were Happy Homemaker or Martha Stewart, I would know what to do. But, I’m not. Does anyone have any super secret formulas geared to get stains out of clothing after they have been set in? Or do I need to throw my new PRETTY shirt into the rag bin along with the rest of the husband-damaged clothing? Maybe I should do a Pinterest search….


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Hi There!
So, your husband is anti-stain remover? Too funny! I’m following you back from What’s cooking in the burbs. No stain remover ideas ( I would probably just spray shout on it even after the stain had set in and hope for the best) I hope your shirt turns out okay! Have a great day!


LOL, I wish my husband had that addiction. Did you try googling set in stains? I hope you find your answer, have a bless week my friend.


My husband loooves to do laundry. He also loves to leave the folding and putting away to the laundry fairies :/

Good luck with the stain. If it doesn’t come out maybe he can buy you a new one.

I too have a husband who does the laundry – and for that I’m glad! I hate doing laundry. He does the folding too but then leaves it all sitting around in piles. That’s really not too bad…I can put the clean clothes away. As for pre-treating stains…he has no clue. My resolution is to not put anything that needs special handling into the hamper. He doesn’t actually go looking for laundry, so if it’s not handy he can’t wreck it. Just this past week though I must’ve put a sweater in the hamper that wasn’t machine washable…it actually disintegrated… Read more »
Patricia Robertson
Oh my gosh I thought my husband was the only one who did this. My husband also washes clothes and then throws them on the bed or in the basket. We have had countless disagreements about this. I HATE wrinkly clothes and he knows it. So I told him if he is going to wash clothes make sure I have time to fold them. And if I do not and he still feels the need to wash he BETTER fold them. I have even had instances where he was working night shift and washed before work while I was not… Read more »
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