02 April 2012

The Best Laundry Tip I've Never Heard Of - It Saved My White Laundry!

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This is off topic today, but I couldn't help myself.

Let's talk about dirty laundry. 

You may know that anti-perspirant can cause some nasty discoloration on clothing.  Yep.  Does anyone have a pile of whites that are just old & ratty due to this problem?  I do.  ICK.

I have used natural deodorant in the past, which does not cause this problem & is a heck of a lot healthier.  My all-time favorite one is this Swiss brand in either Wild Rose or Sage.  But, somehow I recently got out of the habit of wearing my natural deodorant & now I have some downright embarrassing whites to contend with.  (Nothing like announcing this to so many people.  ha! :) 

I've tried everything I could find on Google: soaking my whites in vinegar, Oxiclean, bleach, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide.  Nothing really worked.  I figured many of my clothes were just ruined & I should just give up and throw them out. 

BUT.  JUST OVER THE WEEKEND, I DISCOVERED A MIRACLE!  haha.  I can't help but tell you all...

So I read a few hits on google that said aluminum is the big reason for the "stain".  So as a last ditch effort, I thought of using this RUST REMOVER for fabric.  I figured if a cleaner could remove rust, maybe it could remove aluminum???

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You guys..............

IT WORKS!!!!!!! 

And I don't mean it just sort of works.  I mean IT MADE MY SHIRTS AS WHITE AS BRAND NEW WITHOUT ANY HINT OF RESIDUE OR DISCOLORATION.  Gone-zo.  The first time I tried it, I was blown away.  So I thought I better test it further before recommending this to you all.  I pulled out some of my OLDEST white shirts that have been washed & dried hundreds of times...undershirts that should have been thrown out ages ago.  I literally thought there was ZERO hope here.  Again...this stuff made even my oldest, yuckiest shirts look 100% white, as bright as a brand new shirtUnbelievableYou HAVE to try this!!!

Here's what I did:

1.  Dampen the stained area with water.

2.  Apply enough of the Fabric Rust Remover so that it soaks into the stain.  

3.  Take a toothbrush and lightly scrub the area to work the remover into the fibers. 

4.  Let it sit for a few minutes (doesn't take long.  Under 5 minutes?)

5.  Rinse out the Rust Remover with water.

6.  Throw in the washer and wash like normal.  
WHITE, WHITE, WHITE CLOTHES AWAIT YOU! 

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(Note:  I have only tried this with white clothes.  You may want to test a fabric if you are using the Rust Remover on colored fabrics, though it does say it's for colorfast fabrics.  Also, this stuff is strong & toxic!  Ugh, I hate that.  But I also don't want to replace shirts that can still be worn.  Anyway, be careful with this stuff.  I plan to go back to my natural deodorants so that I don't have to use this stuff often.)

Do you guys have this problem in your household?  I'd love to hear how this works for you.  (And feel free to dish on ANY amazing cleaning miracle - or natural deodorant miracle - because I doubt we'll ever be talking about cleaning or deodorant again.  :) 

[Gorgeous photo above called "Sonia, Pregnant Woman Hanging Laundry" by Joanne Leonard, 1966.  The laundromat is in my neighborhood in Brooklyn.  The typography on that sign makes me happy every time I pass by it.  :)  Photo by Marc Cappelletti.]

 
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48 comments:

  1. I will definitely have to remember this! I don't have any recommendations but thank you so much for sharing this! :)

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  2. use less deoderant too. I know some people really do need it, but I've found most of the time I dont. I used to wear it religiously because thats what we are told to do.. but one day I just started using it less and less till I've almost stopped.(middle of summer I do use)

    If I'm excercising and heading home afterwards where I will shower... theres no point. If I'm not going to work up a sweat during the day I dont need it. I shower every day and rarely use deodorant. I spray a little perfume/spritzer around myself (clothed) before I leave most days but that is it. I have no white clothes with stains and noone has ever told me I smell (my husband and kids totally would if I did)

    Seriously a family member bought me some deoderant for christmas (its summer here then) as I put it on a list of potential gifts of things I dont have. they were shocked and bought me some feeling bad that I didnt have any because I cant afford it lol.

    anyway just a thought.. why do we wear so much deoderant???

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    1. Or you can find deodorants without aluminium too. It takes a while looking at the market for the one who does not have it and has a smell we can handle, but it's totally worth it! But thank you so mucjh for the tip!

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    2. Anon - I LOVE the idea of just using less deodorant. I haven't really thought of it this way, but you are right, some times there isn't a point.

      & to Anon 2, good idea to find one with less aluminum. thanks!

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    3. I rarely wear deodorant, so I'm with Anon--many of us can just wear less or none at all and have no idea since we've been trained to wear it every day. Try it out for a bit. Some people need it, some don't. I rarely need it.

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    4. If you take a teaspoon of chlorophyll (diluted in water) daily, you're body odor / bacterial stains should go away in 1-2 weeks. No need for deodorants after that. You can pickup chlorophyll from any healthfood store - alternatively eat lots of foods with chlorophyll (spinach, chard, kale, etc...) but easier to get the concentrated form.

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  3. I also stopped wearing deodorant while I was breast feeding as I didn't want the harmful aluminum getting through to the be milk and I realized I really didn't need it at all. As long as one washes everyday - i felt very comfortable and surprised even that I didn't need it. I have almost stopped be feeding now and I don't plan on going back to deo

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    1. Anon - wow - - I had never thought about deodorant use during breast feeding...but you're right, that does not seem like a good idea at all. Thanks so much for pointing this out...

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  4. Wow, this is awesome!! haha! I'll definitely remember this. I was reading the previous comments on the people who don't wear deodorant anymore. Wow - I am definitely one that falls into the category of NEEDS DEODORANT. I wish I could use the natural stuff - I've tried a bunch. But I'm a sweater and always have been. And now I ask myself why in the world I have typed all of this out to you??? haha!! :) Hope you had a nice conference weekend!

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    1. p.s. LOVE the photo of the pregnant woman. My heart is melting - it's so adorable!

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  5. I have been a natural deodorant user now for almost 7 years. Toms of Maine is the brand I picked up about 5 years ago and have been using it ever since. Apricot scent. I like it. No complaints. I switched because all my new whites were getting gross stains and Andy tipped me off to deodorant without antiperspirant. The body is meant to sweat, stopping it isn't good. That is my stance. Doesn't mean we have to stink though, right.

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    1. Shiloh - I'm with you - stopping sweat does not seem good for us. And thanks for mentioning the Tom's Apricot - good to know.

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    2. I've been using Tom's for about a year and i love it, but Lavender is my favorite. as an anxious person, lavender following me around all day helps!

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  6. I have noticed that the healthier I eat, the less I need deodorant. I started drinking green smoothies and I've found I almost don't need the drug store at all anymore. I don't take medicine because I don't get sick, I don't need deodorant or skin treatments for acne. I use the natural crystal deodorant when I do use it, but that's only if I've eaten meat or had a lot of sugar. My whites are a lot happier, too. What's scary is, if the aluminum is damaging our clothes that much, just think of what it is doing to our bodies! Not to mention parabens and other harmful ingredients.

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    1. Robyn - oh man, you have me thinking about green smoothies. I love them but have been busy lately & have stopped making them regularly. But thanks for the motivation. And yeah - I like the crystal deodorant, too! I have some & should pull that out again. thanks.

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  7. Great tip Mara! Definitely going to try it. Over the weekend, I accidentally washed some whites with a dark blue jean... Now my whites are pale blue. Any advice on how to make them white again? :)

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    1. Rit makes a product that is in your local laundry isle called Color remover. It works well and comes in power or liquid form. Be careful though and only use it on solid whites!

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  8. that's great!! I have been using RAISE armpit stain remover and my old pitted shirts are a thing of the past I love this stuff!

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  9. Oh my goodness! I love that you figured out a fix. Am bookmarking this right now!!

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  10. we use dr bronners liquid soap for almost everything. a good soak in that with borax works wonders for my husbands undershirts. also, line dry your whites if possible... the sun is a natural brightener. :) we usually try to stay away from all the toxins in detergents/beauty products/etc. especially if those products touch us or clothes that will be touching our skin.

    we use natural deodorant as well and i am like the above commenter that uses it only on occasion as i too have found it is not really needed as much as we might think. i am also a juicing fan, green juices and smoothies included. i am positive diet has everything to do with this.

    i know this is not related to laundry but if anyone wants a natural alternative to lotion, try coconut oil. it works wonders and my skin has never looked better. really great for hair, too.

    okay and another off topic comment: mara, have you ever tried the clean program cleanse? i know you mentioned you eat gluten free so i don't think you would have trouble following this cleanse. but anyway, i ask because each time i come to your wonderfully uplifting blog i think of it and want to email you about it as it helped a good friend of mine get pregnant after years of trying. you never know right? feel free to email me if you want more info.

    xoxo.

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    1. Rebecca - thank you SO much for these amazing tips. I've been wanting to try borax for so long now - time to pick some up at the market. I agree with the sun! Growing up in AZ, everything was line dried (which I loved) and it's true - stains would disappear...even oil stains. I have a juicer. Oh man - I should really get that thing out & start juicing. Your comment is nudging me. Thank you. And I'll check into the clean program cleanse. thx!

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  11. Great post !! I'm so picky when it comes to laundry. Just like you, I've been trying pretty much everything to get those nasty marks out, and my husband won't give up his Old Spice sport deo, even though we're only using natural /organic personal care products (I've personally started using the Toms lemongrass since I moved to the US as Weleda products are not always easy to find here, and really like it ).
    Anyway, I happen to have some rust stain remover and will try on my next load of whites.
    P.S: I came across your blog a couple days ago, totally randomly ... so glad I did !

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  12. Wow. I am psyched to try this tonight. Thanks, Mara!!

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  13. Laundry and I are enemies. Not just because it piles up, but because I feel like my kids are constantly staining their clothes! I hate throwing stuff out, but some times I can't win. Where can I buy a bottle of this magic; I currently have a pile of kid clothes covered in paint that I would love to try it out on. Thanks!!! If this works I may come to NY and squeeze you:)

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    1. Thx, Tanya! You can get a bottle at Amazon or likely at your local hardware store or even grocery store. I got mine at Ace Hardware.

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  14. Thanks for the tip! I too have a pile of white clothes I never wear because of this problem!

    I just learned a new trick that has saved TONS of my old sweaters, I am sharing it with everyone I know! You know when you have sweaters that get "pilly" with all those little balls of fuzz stuck to them that the lint roller just can't pick up? I have tried using sweater shavers but always seem to get holes in my sweaters. Recently I discovered you can use a cheap, plastic, disposable razor and run it over the sweater (just like you would do when you shave your legs) and it will pull up all the fuzz. Then just run a lint roller over the top to pick it all up. It takes a little time but your sweater will look new brand new!

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    1. Wow - great idea! Thanks for passing along.

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  15. I'm excited to try this product...our whites could use some help.

    I use deodorant but sometimes, but another alternative I use frequently is powder. I like it. I don't like a lot of deodorant, but sometimes it's a must.... especially here in Texas.

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    1. Miggy - For some reason I have never thought of using powder. Though come to think of it, I have seen it on lots of women on the trains in the summer....so you're not the only one. I'm going to try it!

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  16. PS--I wonder how many people just pinned this page. Too funny. You may become famous! ;)

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  17. Our family just came back from a beach vacation. After tackling the mountain of laundry, all our white t-shirts come out with yellowish stains around the neck and sleeve openings. I read it's a chemical reaction between the sunscreen and city water. They advised spraying The Works tub and shower cleaner on the stains and relaundering. It worked! There's an ingredient in it that removes rust. CLR and Lime Away have the same ingredient. I haven't tried it on sweat stains yet, but it just might do the trick and be something you already have on hand. Also Greased Lightening is fantastic for laundry stains that are oil based without leaving an oily residue like Goo Gone or Disolve-it will. Plus it works wonders on grimy stoves, showers...anywhere! I love products that have multiple uses.

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    1. wow - these tips are really, really great. thank you so much for passing along! I'm learning so much from these comments

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  18. I just did a blog post on DIY Deodorant. I make a spray and a solid version. It's easy and they both work great.

    http://desimckinnon.blogspot.com/2012/03/diy-spray-and-solid-deodorant.html

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  19. Mara, thanks for the tip. I'll have to try this. BTW, my fave product to get stains out is called Soilove. It's available on Amazon. I've been using it for more than a decade and it gets rid of everything! Happy laundry!

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  20. I love JASON natural deodorant, especially the aloe vera version. I shower every other day because my skin is extremely sensitive and dry and this deodorant works for 48 hours. My husband and I have used it for years now and it does the trick for both of us (and we both work out and have high stress jobs). I will have to check out your laundry trick on some of our old whites - they could use a good brightening!

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  21. You're a domestic goddess too? Not fair! Seriously, this could not have been more well-timed for this girl who stocks up on white v-neck t's, camis and ribbed tanks, only to have to toss them and replenish. Doing this!

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  22. That photo literally melted my heart! It's so lovely! Source? Excellent tip by the way thanks for sharing!! I have recently switched to natural deodorant, but I'm not too happy with my brand, I'll Ty your recommendation!

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    1. Isn't it gorgeous? The source is Joanne Leonard. There's a link at the bottom of the post.

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  23. I finally got around to trying this - magical results for my sweaters. Thanks so much!

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  24. My grandsons karate outfit had grayed overtime can I mix water with this rust remover and soak the whole outfit?

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  25. I use about one quart of acid per laundry load! I have yet to find any stains, etc.

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  26. These tips are really very helpful. I got a good knowledge from your post. Thanks a lot for enjoying this beauty article with me. It is very interesting for me to read this blog.

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  27. great tip! wanted to try but im not sure if they have it here in Asia

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  28. Wow I would never think of that, that is definitely something worth trying. We used vinegar and baking soda, the results were OK, but not perfect.

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  29. I agree with the majority of the points in this article and it’s great without any doubt. Really a wonderful post! I like it very much. Here I find everything in details. I hope I will see this type of post again in your blog.
    Thanks…….

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