I am a Clean Person, and you can ask me stuff: email@example.com
I'm also the author of "My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag ... And Other Things You Can't Ask Martha"
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Happily, there is a solution, says Jolie Kerr. The author of My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag … and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha told the Cut she was familiar with the springtime scourge of BIBO, both in her capacity as the internet’s cleaning guru and as a “non-expert and human.”
The live chat I’m doing with The Washington Post begins in about 15 minutes—come on by and ask me stuff!
The pink gloves they used to illustrate this post suggests cleaning a fridge is women’s work. It is not. Other than that, I’m thrilled with how this turned out!
I’m joining The Washington Post’s Home Front live chat to answer your cleaning questions on Thursday at 11a EDT; you can ask things of me now or just join us day of!
@joliekerr is it possible to clean a grubby ll bean canvas tote— Emily Gould (@EmilyGould) April 11, 2014
Of course it is! You just need to machine wash the thing. BUT. There are some details that are important to know.
- Machine wash using COLD WATER ONLY
- If you use hot water, you will end up with a nice purse for your favorite dollie
- Pretreat really grimy spots with a stain removal product or just with a bit of liquid laundry detergent by scrubbing whichever product you’re using into the stains with a soft toothbrush
- Use a fairly small amount of detergent
- Air dry only
- When you remove the tote from the washing machine it will appear mangled and wrinkled—do not worry about this! Just reshape the bag as best you can and allow it to air dry; once it’s dry you’ll notice the wrinkles are gone
- The bag will likely shrink a bit, and it will not be as stiff as it was in its original state (i.e. it will look & feel more broken-in)