02 April 2012
The Best Laundry Tip I've Never Heard Of - It Saved My White Laundry!
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???
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 shirt. Unbelievable. You 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!
(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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