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Question Stains

As a "world?" cruiser I use laundry facilities at marinas or the local "laundry person" to do my wash. Frequently my laundry comes back with stains - usually rust colored. This has happened in the US, Caribbean, and Europe. I have not found a product to get the stains out. In fact lots of my clothing has been ruined by the local laundry.

Question: What is your favorite de-staining product?

PS I also get back clothing with bleach damage but I don't think there is a remedy other than complaining.

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Re: Stains

We use Oxiclean. Works very well on stains.

Marina washers and dryers are always a crap-shoot. You never know what was washed in them previously. Could be greasy rags, a load of whites with heavy bleach, etc.


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Hey Roger,

We use a similar product as Tim.

I wonder what would happen if you tried rinsing it in CLR? It takes the rust off of walls, etc. I have no idea if this would work, so I would first try it on a shirt I didn't care about.

Similarly, as I am sure you may know, you can wash your own clothes in a 5g bucket and ammonia. It is cheap and works pretty well.

Our process is to put several gallons of fresh water in a 5g bucket and about a half cup - cup of ammonia and let it sit. Shake it around some then pull it out and hang it out to dry. You do not smell any ammonia smell and it does a fair job getting things 'ok' clean. Certainly not as good as a washer and dryer but a reasonable alternative. Nice thing is there is no rinsing and no bleach spots!!!

I am with you on the washer and dryers while cruising. We have gotten to the point that we avoid colored clothes more often than not because they get bleach stains all the time!! Plus, it gets real expensive. We are in Marathon right now, and the price to wash and dry a regular size load is $6-7/load!!! Not great on a cruising budget with two boys!!

Anyways, hop the cruising is going well.

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Re: Stains

Some additional info.

Our marina does not allow you to hang your laundry out on your boat other than the occasional fowlies, towel or bathing suit.

When cruising we use a hand operated Wonderwash
Washers and Dryers, Clothes Washers, Washing Machines, Washer

We then mostly dry the clothes with a spin dryer
Clothes Dryers, Electric Clothes Dryers, Spin Dryer

The spin drier does a great job of removing moisture. The clothes then require minimal hang time to completely dry.

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We have gotten to the point that we avoid colored clothes more often than not because they get bleach stains all the time!!
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Funny, we ONLY buy colored clothes. We've given up on white t-shirts because we can't keep them white.


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Funny, we ONLY buy colored clothes. We've given up on white t-shirts because we can't keep them white.
Well, when you have kids, you cant keep the colored clothes their original colors either (sphaghetti sauce, ketchup, mustrad, etc). We are choosing the lesser of two evils!!!

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For rust stains I like WINK rust remover can be found in most food stores under $2

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Chlorox2 the non bleach, similar chemistry to oxyclean, I have had better luck with it, need to soak and scrub and maybe two washes in it.
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