questionswet slippers are no fun...what's the remedy?

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Tags for posterity: laundry, shoes, i-know-you-delete-the-tags-anyways-so-why-not?, titty-sprinkles! And WTF are "titty sprinkles"?

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@jsimsace: it's a fake quote, attributed to Morgan Freeman. and, now, you can read it in his voice:

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Apparently I should have made a question about Titty Sprinkles, followed with a random post hoping for some info on my wet slippers. And by this I mean that my question has gotten a single upvote (I really want input on my slippers!), but the posts tag and the post w/the Morgan Freeman Titty Sprinkles quote have at least 5 upvotes at this time. Gotta love the people lmao :D

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Place them in some kind of permeable bag (e.g. made of cotton) that can be tied off before tossing them into the washer and dryer.

I don't believe heat matters, but I wouldn't set the dryer on high--just medium heat, low heat or air dry.

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You had me at #titty_sprinkles!

Please tell us more!

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@capguncowboy: if you really want to be edumacated on the internets, then I've got nothing for you. Troll Imgur.com and everything on the interwebs. That's what I do, and it keeps me up to date ;)

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@curtisuxor: not sure I have a bag that meets your description that I would be cool with losing. Is there a bag I can purchase at a "normal" store? something "made" for laundry or not made for laundry but you think would work?

And yeah, with a rubber sole, I expect that I would need to run the dryer on something between low and "please pretend there's nothing in here but run for an hour anyways"...I think the fancy dryer we have has that setting lol

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@smtatertot13: A regular old canvas bag would work.

Have you seen those off-white canvas money bags? My uncle owns a laundromat, so I've used those when I needed to wash or dry my footwear. It's pretty cheap, resilient and versatile. However, you may need to buy them in bulk (or perhaps packages of 5, 10, etc.).

I would try a Home Improvement store. Try a fabric store next if you can't find it at one of those. If that doesn't work, go to your local laundromat and ask if you can buy one of their coin bags or ask where they got them from. If that doesn't work, go to your bank and ask if they have any spare coin/money sacks.

This is just one solution and the one I've used. You can use a canvas grocery tote bag as long as you tie it off. It won't ruin the bag, but I wouldn't use anything but cotton.

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@smtatertot13: If you are considering tossing the slippers anyway, then you don't have anything to lose by trying to wash them first. I've had amazingly good luck washing stuffed animals that are labeled "Surface Wash Only."

I have a stash of old pillowcases I use for washing stuffed animals or things like your slippers. Just throw each slipper in its own pillowcase and tie a knot in the top (pull as tight as you can). My HE top-loader has a "Bulky Items" setting that uses more water and works best for these type of loads. I usually stop the washer a few times to turn and submerse the pillowcases, which tend to float because of trapped air. This setting has a slower spin, so after the cycle is done I usually do a "Spin & Drain" cycle to drain more water.

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@smtatertot13: (continued from above)

Check the knots, and tighten if necessary (or retrieve the slipper and return it to its pillowcase if it has escaped). Then throw the slippers, complete with pillowcases, into the dryer on the "Extra Low" or "Delicate" cycle. The pillowcases will help to protect both the slippers and the dryer, but if its making too much racket you can add a dry bath towel to soften the thuds. Even with "Sensor Drying" it usually takes a couple runs through the cycle, followed by removing them from the pillowcases and some air-drying to finish them off.

(And my apologies for the grammar above, but someone in the house was hogging my bandwidth and I couldn't get it to reload for editing before the window closed. Crappy internet sucks!)

Good luck!

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@gionot: I'm really hoping to not toss the slippers I have...like, really, Really.

And, as mentioned in the original post, I have front-loading high efficiency machines...meaning that the concept of opening the "bag" and "re-baggin" isn't too much a part of my abilities. Maybe the general concept will work though...?

Also, I assume that your stuffed animals labeled as "surface wash only" weren't relatively thin with a full, solid rubber sole...yeah.

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@smtatertot13: I have washed canvas shoes and furry slippers in the past. The only difference is that drying times are unpredictable. Sometimes they dry more quickly, and other times take longer. If they are thin, you may get by with only one pass in the dryer. Being a little damp when they come out is a good thing because it helps keep the soles from getting damaged by overheating.

I overlooked the bit about it being a front-loader, but then you shouldn't need to submerge them because of the way it agitates. Rebagging is usually because I find things have escaped their pillowcases when I go to move them to the dryer.

I made two assumptions. The first is that the slippers are colorfast. If they didn't turn your feet funny colors when they got wet, they should be OK. The second assumption is that the sole is sewn on. If they are glued, I would still try washing them, but would air dry because the dryer heat is more likely to damage them than the water.

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I can't garuntee this will work for slippers, but it is what I used to do during soccer season for wet cleats.

Feel at the base of your refrigerator, if you can feel airflow then the fan blows out the bottom. The draft from the fridge will speed up the drying of objects placed in front of them. Or if you have one laying around just set a box fan to blow on them. Heat speeds up drying, but really just blowing dry air across wet things will help dry them off. No heat, no tumbling; which will hopefully save your slippers.

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Titty sprinkles sounds like a cross-promotion between a gentleman's club and dunkin donuts. Please make that happen.

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@smtatertot13: Dollar Tree carries bags like that. The problem with running rubber soled shoes through the laundry is that it tends to degrade the rubber and tear the sole off. When I get my rubber soled slippers wet, I set them by my in-the-floor heater and let them dry out on their own. But I live in a very dry climate where mold and mildew are TV words that don't exist in the real world. What I would consider if I were you would be to lay them in front of a space heater in the same position as they'd be in if you were wearing them laying flat on your back. Toes pointed at the ceiling, the openings where you put your feet towards the heater. If they want to fall shut you could prop them open with a plastic spoon or Popsicle stick. Monitor them closely to make sure you don't burn your house down. If they stink, once they dry you could try filling a couple of socks with baking soda and sticking them in there for a couple of days then running the socks though the wash.

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@samstag: You don't have them in your area? In my area we have Java Divas! Not quite strip-club level but much better coffee than DD. But, titty_sprinkles would have been a much better name. I'll bring it up next time I'm there!

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Succinctly, you won't hurt any of your machines (unless your slippers have hobnails on them or something, in which case 0.o)
Wash/Dry
Fluff/Fold.

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@benyust2: I don't drink coffee. I was hoping for a doughnut equivalent of Java Divas.