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08-22-2013 10:26 AM
miatapaul
Re: Stains

You can sprinkle barkeepers friend on the rust stains, it will take out some. I would sprinkle it on and make a paste by splashing it with water let it soak without drying, rinse as much as you can off with a hose or under facet then wash like normal. You don't want to scrub it in, you just want the Oxalic acid to work, if you have Oxalic acid for teak that would likely work as well but I always keep Barkeepers Friend around, so I have used it.

I have one of the Wonder Wash machines and it works OK, but is great for sweaters, and other knitted items. Not much more than a 5 gallon bucket with a tight lid, doubt I will take it on the boat as it is big and really serves only one purpose. It is also very flimsy, I think they used to use metal axles but are now plastic and the stand keeps falling apart on mine. The spin dry is really good, a pair of heavy jeans will dry in an afternoon after a cycle of two (normally will get funky before they line dry where I live).
08-17-2013 06:02 PM
Antibes
Re: Stains

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.
08-17-2013 05:17 PM
wingNwing
Re: Stains

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cruisingdad View Post

Three months and counting J... thee months and counting.

Brian
Are we there yet?
08-17-2013 04:45 PM
MarioG
Re: Stains

For rust stains I like WINK rust remover can be found in most food stores under $2
08-16-2013 02:57 PM
Cruisingdad
Re: Stains

Quote:
Originally Posted by wingNwing View Post
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!!!

Three months and counting J... thee months and counting.

Brian
08-16-2013 02:52 PM
wingNwing
Re: Stains

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cruisingdad View Post
We have gotten to the point that we avoid colored clothes more often than not because they get bleach stains all the time!!
Brian
Funny, we ONLY buy colored clothes. We've given up on white t-shirts because we can't keep them white.
08-16-2013 02:17 PM
Tim R.
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.
08-16-2013 12:08 PM
outbound
Re: Stains

Splendide starts to make sense if you have the room.
08-16-2013 10:53 AM
Cruisingdad
Re: Stains

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.

Brian
08-16-2013 10:21 AM
Tim R.
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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