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Airing Dirty Laundry On The Couch

A patient suggests that our Neapolitan psychiatrist stick to what she knows best.

Photograph of laundry hanging on a line between buildings in Naples, Italy.

Laundry hangs between buildings in Naples, Italy

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Mariateresa Fichele

"Gennà, let me ask you something, do you always do your own laundry?"

"Yes, Dottoré, why?"

"Because now that my son has to wear white polo shirts to school every day, I'm going crazy. I just can't get rid of the stains!"

"Well, you have to treat the stains first!"

"How do I do that?"

"It depends, there are different kinds of stains. What does your son do to get dirty?"

"Usually, it's when he eats. It could be tomatoes, chocolate, ink, markers..."

"Well, here's what you can do. Soak everything in bleach, let it soak, and then wash it in the washing machine."

"But bleach smells terrible!"

"Then use Ace Gentile, but at that point, you’ll also have to treat the stains."

"Yes, but how?"

"Dottoré, let's do a good thing. Once a week, you give me your son's t-shirts, and I'll wash them for you. From what I'm hearing, it's better if you stick with psychiatry and not homemaking, trust me!"


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