Tomorrow, June 1, is National Name-Tag Day (as quite wittily addressed in Joyce Wadler’s latest New York Times column). But what should you do if you wear a name-tag on your shirt, and then throw it in the washing machine….without first removing the sticky label? Don’t freak out. Yes, there will be a very unpleasant, foreboding white residue left over. But you can get it off. Here’s how:
If the shirt is made of natural fibers, spread it out on a table and place a towel behind the stain; check that the glue is dry. Dab clear acetone nail-polish remover onto a cloth and rub it into the glue. (Do spot test it first.) The white spots should vanish quickly. For synthetic fabrics, stick the shirt in the freezer for an hour to harden the glue. Pick off what you can, then wet the shirt and rub it with a microfiber cloth and a little dish soap to remove any residue. Soak the garment in warm water for 20 minutes, then air-dry. Now go get your name-tag!
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