My man is LAUNDRY CHALLENGED, STILL, despite the numerous lessons I’ve given him on laundry basics (and I know he was also taught this by his mother), he’s still failing at “Laundry 101”, yet I continue to believe the message has sunk in, and let him near our clothes.
I came back from San Francisco 2 weeks ago proudly displaying my new S.F. T-shirt on the plane (see photo), and clearly emphasizing the fact that I’m a certified tourist as I return home. My boyfriend, Chris, bought me the T-shirt on the tourist trap boulevard of souvenirs ( Fisherman’s Wharf). At 11:00 PM, while the store was closing, I agonized over the hundreds of decals to have screened onto my shirt choice while my boyfriend chatted with the silkscreener about: how indecisive women were, how he’s the silkscreener’s hero for being able to string me along for 8 years without my demanding a ring, how the PEACE sign decal was the “coolest” in the store, blah, blah, blah.
When I finally made my choice and Chris handed over the $22.00; the silkscreener was VERY DETAILED about the care of the shirt, and it’s only two simple steps:
- Wash the shirt inside-out
- Don’t put it in the dryer, lay it flat to dry
Easy-Peasy right? Not if your laundry challenged man gets ahold of the shirt. I did the wash, I washed the shirt inside-out as directed by my experienced Fisherman’s Wharf silk screener. Chris dried the clothes, or should I say: heaved the entire wet heap into the dryer without sorting the items that needed to go on the line or had to lay flat to dry.
The result was: the entire decal was melted and stuck to itself in a crunchy mangled ball. I wore the shirt ONCE. I tried to heat up the decal with a hair dryer to peel the decal apart without tearing it. Too late. No matter how I tired to get the decal unstuck from itself it resulted in tearing.
Back to the drawing board and another laundry lesson for Chris:
- Don’t mix colors or darks with lights
- Water temperature, we’ve been through this.
- When in doubt: Consult the TAG! (even though I remove most tags)
- When in doubt and there is no tag: DO NOT TOUCH.
Oh, and the dryer lint trap, that you are supposed to clean out with each load – have you also forgotten that basic, necessary step?