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"Complete the Cycle" and Win!

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Awhile back, we told you about our laundry routine. As messy as it was at the time, it's even changed a bit since then (due to a new HE front-loading washer and dryer -- YEAH! -- and some new products we've been jived about.) One thing that hasn't changed, however, is the overall cycle of how we do laundry.

For some inspirational reading on the ins and outs of laundry additives (brought to you by Clorox), see this ultimate laundry guide. It includes a summary of benefits for all your laundry add-ons (like pre-treaters and softeners), as well as a step-by-step checklist for getting the best outcome with your laundry routine (with separate instructions for traditional top-loading and HE washings.)

Even better, this guide features tips from "the" laundry guru -- Dr. Laundry. He gives practical advice for tackling the toughest laundry problems -- before they cost you. Check out the guide and start getting it right in the laundry room!

Wanna Win? We have a laundry gift basket to give to five lucky Lille Punkin' readers (valued at over $40)! It includes some great products for getting a better laundry outcome, including that crazy FlipFold you see on TV (trust us.. it really works!) To enter, just leave a comment on this post with your most nagging laundry problem. You have until September 3rd, 2009 at 11:59pm to get your entries in. One entry per person, please.

Giveaways are subject to complete site rules. (Be sure to give us a way to reach you if you win, and remember that we will never use your email or contact info for anything other than to send your prize.) Good luck, and be sure to check out all of our other giveaways!


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145 comments

  1. My biggest laundry problem is that I have too much of it! I have two teenage sons and I really do a lot of laundry!
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

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  2. My biggest laundry problem, would have to be the never ending amount of dog/cat hair on everything lol. Having inside fur-babies, seems to mean, that you hardly ever find a place in your house that's hair free lol, including the laundry area lol. my email is in my profile, as well as on my blog.

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  3. My most nagging problem...Having too much!LOL!
    sblilly14(@)yahoo(.)com

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  4. My most nagging laundry problem is putting the stupid things away. I hate, hate, hate hanging and folding and putting away laundry.

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  5. My nagging problem is how long it takes to complete laundry. I know - I guess I'm just whining.

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  6. I would say the stains from sports activities, I can never get them out.

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  7. stains that are stubborn and take several washed and treatments to get out.
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  8. My husband leaving a load of wet clothes in the washing machine for 2 days! STINKY!!!!!

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  9. really I think its the putting it away- can't we just live out of the washing machine?

    as far as washing, just catching the stains and smells of those who sweat excessively

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  10. My most nagging laundry problem is getting rid of lint. I love to hang the clothes outside on the line, but sometimes there is lint on the clothes.

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  11. Having to bring all the clothes back upstairs after I carried them downstairs then putting them away blah its no fun.

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  12. My biggest laundry problem is noticing the grease stains after the items come out of the dryer instead of before they goes into the washer!

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  13. I work in the garden, so ground in mud is a nagging problem- takes 3 washes to get my clothes clean.cyrheart@gmail.com

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  14. My biggest laundry problem is the high cost of detergent today!!!!
    Diane Baum
    esldiane@gmail.com

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  15. My most nagging laundry problem?
    Tissues hiding in pants pockets!
    Darks get COVERED with linty bits—
    and I start seeing rockets! (&%$#@!)


    riceburns (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  16. If I don't do our laundry, it doesn't get done :-(

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    email in blogger profile.

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  17. Besides having too much laundry, my most nagging problem is grass stains.

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  18. Tough grind in dirt and mud is my biggest problem, the boys here are always on a scout camping trip and when they come back.. there is a lot of stains and heavy duty odors. I can get most out, but a few still stains remain.
    karenmed409(at)comcast(dot)net

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  19. mine is food stains my son must have a hole in his chin

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  20. The nagging problem is the amount of lint that gets in the trap. I am so conscientious about the lint trap that I have gone through two lint trap brushes. I hate the feel of lint in my hands too so I am going against that as well.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  21. We don't wear a lot of whites...so I always only have about half a load of whites a week...and I'm not wasting water on that! But then I always want that white shirt, etc!

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  22. My nagging laundry problem is that I am probably the only person on the planet that never uses bleach because I don't know how. I have used it twice before in the past and ruined the clothes both times, so I am too afraid to try again, and just settle for dull and dingey whites.
    Alicia Webster
    5webs@comcast.net

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  23. My worst laundry problem is getting rid of formula stains. That stuff is like glue and is so hard to get out.

    lenz.nicole@gmail.com

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  24. Food stains on my toddler's clothes! Bibs are no match for her. Really I should just strip her to a diaper for every meal, but that would be a bit awkward when eating in public. :)

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  25. Stains are the worst in my home. I have a 3 and 2 year old and they do not understand the concept of a napkin or not to jump in that mud puddle.

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  26. My nagging laundry problem is strawberry stains. They are hard to get out.

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  27. My daughters new white shirt that she decided to paint with my new red lipstick.
    Thank you so much for the chance to win.

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  28. My biggest laundry problem is washing my delicate delicately enough. And also when I notice at midnight that something just NEEDS to be washed (and dried) by the next morning!
    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. My nagging laundry problem is that my 7 year old is always putting a ton of clothes in the dirty clothes basket that aren't dirty. They might be clothes she considered wearing to school or whatever and then threw on the ground and then later put in the basket even though they never were worn. I wash so much of her clean clothes that it makes me a little crazy.

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  30. MY NAGGING laundry problem is how antique my washing machine is. unfortunatley for my downstairs neighbors i am a navy wife and my washing machine might have been moved around a little too much, so it makes such a loud ruckus that everyone who lives nearby hears it- (especially my downstairs neighbors marcus and chad) AND it can even be heard 50 ft outside of my apt. Its still washes clothes (for now) but what with my hubby being gone all the time i cant exactly have him fix it, and am scared to call someone out to have them fix it bc i fear its garbage and i cant exactly afford another but thank the lord it still washed clothes or id be going to laundromat.

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  31. sorry email addy is davisc9333@yahoo.com

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  32. My most nagging laundry problem is dryer lint. Even though the machine's well-vented it still leaks behind the dryer and is hard to get to for cleanup. It also seems to leave a lint film all over that side of the house. *Thanks* for the giveaway!
    blog[at]theluckyladybug[dot]org

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  33. My most nagging laundry problem is getting dog pee out of my kitchen throw rugs. jelly15301@gmail.com

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  34. My most nagging laundry problem is getting perspiration odors out of shirts. Yuck!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  35. My most nagging laundry problem is the size of my washer/dryer... the space in which they sit is TINY, leaving us to buy tiny machines. I do numerous loads a day and there are only two of us in the house!
    meredith.hellen@gmail.com

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  36. My biggest laundry problem is dingy whites, especially socks.

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  37. My most nagging laundry problem is that I have to do the laundry at all rather than someone else. It's not my favorite chore.
    traymona[at]aol.com

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  38. Now that my kids are grown and on their own, my only real laundry problem is that I hate to fold and put them away. They are just going to be pulled out and worn/used again!

    clynsg at yahoo.com

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  39. My problem is getting my husbands dirty work clothes clean and smell free

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  40. My biggest laundry problem is that my laundry room is too small, making it difficult to get to my washing machine to load and unload it. I also don't have any space to fold laundry in the laundry room. Thank you for the contest!
    txgigggles@yahoo.com

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  41. my son plays high school football and wears white uniform it gets dirt and grass stains on it. i can't get them all out mverno@roadrunner.com

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  42. I hate grass stains! They are the worst to get out

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  43. salad dressing stains drive me nuts

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  44. My problem is just the amount. I have so much laundry w/ a family of 5 and sheets and towels and I just feel that I NEVER stop doing laundry.

    denyse_g@hotmail.com

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  45. My nagging laundry problem is my clothes shrinking. I buy cute tops but once I wash them they are signicantly shorter on me. This can be a big problem, especially for work.

    Thanks for the contest!
    carlyw85(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. mine is motivation,,,being single it is not easy to come-up with a full load,,,especially light colors as ny wardrobe is mostly dark colors

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  47. My biggest laundry problem is getting the kids to help fold all the loads we do each week! The flipfold could be the answer to get them to help without whining.

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  48. I hate that our washer and dryer is in the basement! We need a laundry shoot in our house!


    Thanks for entering me! Great Contest!

    Janna Johnson
    janna@FeedYourPigBlog.com
    jannajanna@hotmail.com
    www.FeedYourPigBlog.com

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  49. My most nagging problem is getting stains out. I've tried all the stuff you can buy for stains, but what seems to work best for me is putting Dawn liquid dishwashing soap on the stain and letting it soak in, then washing it.

    sphinxcw at aol dot com

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  50. forgetting to check for stains before drying scooter7018@aol.com

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  51. Carolina Clay! There is NOTHING worse than that. Even Chlorox doesn't get it out.

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  52. My most nagging laundry problem is mystery stains on my kids clothes. The ones where you don't know where they came from and no matter what you try, they won't come out! I'm so tired of wasting beautiful clothes because of stains!

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  53. My husband is a gas hauler and my biggest problems is getting out the gasoline smell from his uniforms.

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  54. My most nagging laundry problem is knowing when I can wash clothing that's labeled "dry clean only." The cost of professional dry cleaning is just too high. I've been mostly successful taking the risk and washing on the delicate cycle, but I've also ruined a few nice pieces. Thanks for the chance to win the laundry goodies! (krstrpp at hotmail dot com)

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  55. My nagging problem is my son's grimy work clothes that are hard to get clean.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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  56. My biggest laundry problem is my 8 year old sons clothes! I swer he destroys everything he wears. It always comes home with some kind of stain and his socks! Uhhh!

    hebert024 at aol dot com

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  57. My most nagging laundry problem is my kids white shirts. They manage to get a stain on them every time they wear them!!

    choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

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  58. getting out stains...my 4 year old is really messy

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  59. My husband gets Sharpie, pen, grease, dirt you name it on his uniform shirts.

    adr1001025[at]msn.com

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  60. My biggest laundry problem is washing towels. My boyfriend insists that they need bleach to be really clean, but they are dark green and have to be replaced frequently if they are bleached. I would love a product that smells like bleach (he sniffs them every time) but doesn't fade colors. :)

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  61. I'm married to a maintenance mechanic and the dirt, grease and smells are almost impossible to get out of his clothes. He works in the heat alot and this seems to set the stain. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  62. I have boys so my biggest challenges are grease and grass stains

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  63. I have problems with bleach burn and undissolved powdered detergent. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

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  64. Both my boys play soccer and their coaches make them play in the mud/

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  65. My laundry problem is getting tough stains out. Cooking oil and grease are my main problems.

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  66. I have a 3 year old in preschool. Paint & Marker stains are my biggest laundry challenge.

    mscoffee77(AT)juno(DOT)com

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  67. My nagging laundry problem is ink stains on shirts. How aggravating!

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  68. my probably is getting lint and fuzzies off of dark colored clothes

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  69. My husband works at a golf course and gets grass stains on his khaki work pants. Also ring around the collar is a pain

    dispatcher_kristy@hotmail.com

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  70. My biggest problem is that it is never done. lol

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  71. I hate the folding. Thanks for the chance!

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  72. My most nagging problem I have is when you accidentally leave something in a pocket, and then it gets all over the washer. Like putty. My son helps me separate and check pockets.
    super_alba_star@yahoo.com

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  73. My biggest problem is stains. The kids are bad about throwing clothes in the laundry and not treating the stains first. I don't have time to go through every piece. We're working on it though.

    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

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  74. My sons both play baseball and the dirt from the fields gets ground into thier uniforms and is really tough to get out.

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  75. Hands down.. having well water. It's so hard to keep our whites white, even with bleach!

    hanovertomato at yahoo dot com

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  76. Christina - xristya@rock.com - Things not having been taken out of pockets!

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  77. red clay stains on baseball pants

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  78. People leaving ink pins or lip balm in their pockets

    ehhogan at bellsouth.net

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  79. Missing socks! Where do they all go?

    racheliznewman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  80. Keeping whites white while having well water.
    erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

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  81. my laundry problem involves the top of the washer, very poor design, the opening is so close to the rotor it's hard to squeeze a pair of pants or a towel past it - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  82. My biggest laundry problem is stains from "that time of the month." Kinds embarrassing to say that, but I'm sure I'm not the only one.

    dontaskme22@yahoo.com

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  83. My most nagging laundry problem is really my own fault. I always get in a hurry and don't check all the pockets. I've washed my husband's pay check before, and countless pens, and even chewing gum. It isn't pretty. Thanks for the giveaway.
    eswright18 at gmail dot com

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  84. my husband works with chemicals that hopelessly stain his clothes!

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  85. My nagging problem is getting it done! Our washer and dryer are in the basement so any load means at least 3 trips down there, usually 4 or 5.

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  86. My worst laundry problem is DH's work clothes.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    proudyaya04 {at} yahoo {dot} com

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  87. It would have to be ink stains. It seems like everyone in my family gets ink on their shirts.

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  88. kristina
    gladstone7272@yahoo.com
    getting socks clean

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  89. My worst problem is it never seems to get put away. My husband fold it at night while he's watching TV and it just seems to live forever on our family room couch! I guess I need to learn to put it away, huh?
    Thanks so much!
    pamelashockley(AT)netscape(DOT)net

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  90. Getting my roommate to do his own darn laundry! lol

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  91. My most nagging laundry problem is juice. My son has juice stains on everything I think.

    shelnew19 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  92. Biggest problem: dog hair. Thankfully our laundry room is upstairs and our VERY SHEDDY golden retriever is stuck downstairs... yet somehow the hair still gets there. It seems that as soon as the clothes get out of the dryer, all nice and clean, the dog hair attacks!

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  93. grease stains on knit shirts. Sometimes I can get them out with shampoo. I haven't tried dish detergent yet, but that's next. Drives me nuts.

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  94. my nagging problem is grass stains,my kids are forever getting them!

    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  95. My biggest problem is when socks are missing.

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  96. My most nagging problem is when my family leaves kleenex in their pockets. It really makes a mess. I've been telling them to check their pockets for years.

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  97. Any kind of oil stains

    eas3978 at yahoo dot com

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  98. My most nagging laundry problem is that darn acne medication that bleaches all my towels! Even with designated towels for hand washing after application of the medication my good towels somehow still end up bleached orange!

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  99. I have a terrible time getting laundry put away after I wash and fold it all! I have no clue how to make it easier! lol

    tiffanys819 at gmail dot com

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  100. When I finish all the laundry, and Im ready to take on another task, and then someone walks in to the laundry room with a big pile of clothes...



    clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

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  101. Grasstains are my biggest problem!

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  102. my most nagging laundry problem is grass stains, hubby does a lot of outside work and the bottoms of his jeans get grass stains.

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  103. I have a few laundry problems.
    First, I have 6 people in my fam and it sure does pile up. I do at least 3 loads a day and it's never all done.
    Second, I HATE folding clothes and putting them away. I have a 2 and 3 yr old that love to take the clothes out of drawers.
    Third, I have 4 kids and they sure do get a lot of stains on their stuff!

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  104. My biggest laundry problem is getting it all put away! I can wash, dry, and fold, I just hate putting it all away!
    Thanks for the chance!

    hawkgirl_16{at}hotmail{dot}com

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  105. Baby stains! I just can't get them out. Thanks for the giveaway. theprophecygirl at hotmail dot com

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  106. grass stains are tough to get out

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  107. icky sweat stains on white undershirts - even bleach isn't getting them out. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

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  108. I agree with spoodles. I can wash and dry all day, but when it comes time to fold the babies clothes, and hang all of ours, I get lazy. It takes me like 3 days to get motivated.
    feliciamking (at) rocketmail {dot} com

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  109. Toothpaste dribbles down the fronts of all my DH shirts! ARGH!!!!!

    kanderspina~at~yahoo~dot~com

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  110. Laundry thats inside out... ughhh

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  111. i hate washing dog's pillows and blankets

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  112. My biggest laundry problem is removinh tough stains like cooking oil and red ground in dirt and mud.
    Sarah
    smitchathome@aol.com

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  113. My most nagging problem is getting rid of ink and oil stains.

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  114. The chocolate stains on my son's shirts.

    kngmckellar@hotmail.com

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  115. Well water leaves our white clothes dingy.

    msurosey2yahoo.com

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  116. My most nagging problem is the stains my husband and children get on their clothes. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  117. My main problem is finding time to fold everything

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  118. My most annoying laundry problem is the boys not getting their clothes in the basket and then getting upset wondering why they do not have any clean clothes. Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  119. I would say the stains from sports activities, I can never get them out.

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  120. My biggest problem is finding the time to do laundry.

    longbarb1@aol.com

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  121. I have a huge family, so our laundry never ends. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  122. My nagging laundry problems are putting it off until the last minuter (because no one wants to do laundry while rushing!), finding the kids' dirty laundry in random places like under the bed (lol), and when I realize I ran out of dryer sheets before it's too late!
    GirlyRemix(at)gmail(dot)com

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  123. For me it's stains. It's almost impossible to remove all of them. Thanks for having the contest!

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  124. Thanks for the giveaway... Our biggest laundry headache is the pre-treating & pre-soaking required of some items i.e. white 100% cotton dress shirt collars !!!

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  125. my biggest problem is we have so much of it my kids change clothes too many times a day.soccer practice,basketball the list goes on and on.it just seems to never end :(

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  126. Matching up socks is my big laundry problem. Where are the missing socks? Mismatched pairs are inevitable.

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  127. Mystery spots on the husband's golf shirts...

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  128. The most nagging problem is accidentally washing something a cat was laying on with other clothes and the fur STICKS to it!

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  129. besides too much of it, keeping white clothes white

    alterna7 at hotmail dot com

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  130. My biggest issue is the face that our laundry is far away in our apartment complex and carrying detergent, plus laundry, and all the other trappings is a total pain!

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  131. My biggest problem is koolaide & juice stains on clothes & bedding.

    zestywonderland@gmail.com

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  132. My biggest laundry problem is getting my whites clean.I cannot
    use bleach because I have iron in
    my water

    CharlieGurl57@aol.com

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  133. My biggest problem is that I buy the jumbo size laundry detergent to save money but I end up spilling it!

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  134. Grass stains.
    donna444444@yahoo.com

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  135. My pet peeve has to be the fact that I can never get all of the laundry done. As soon as I've finished everything there seems to be more and more piled up. It is so frustrating1

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