Laundry oopsie!!! Help please!!!

Kimberly - posted on 11/24/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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So I've been sick the last couple of days and decided that the laundry could wait. My husband ,bless his heart, tried to be nice and do the laundry for me. In doing so, he forgot to check his pockets and considering he works at Goodyear (tire factory) he keeps chalk to mark the tires. He realizes it after he'd already washed AND dried them. We have tried washing them 4 times before attempting to dry them again and haven't had any luck getting the stains out. I was wondering if anyone has any tricks for a disaster like this. I'd hate to have to throw em all away :(

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Iysha - posted on 11/24/2010

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I dont know about chalk but my husbands shirts always are spotted with grease (from cars) and we use oxy clean to get that out....Have you called your local dry cleaning place? i'm sure they could let you know if they can get the stains out...may cost a bit but maybe you can only take the imprtant clothing like pants and shirts and not stuff like socks and undies.

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I was the service manager for a tire retread shop and have gotten tire chalk on most EVERYTHING I own at one point in time or another.
There is an orange oil based cleaner sold at wal-mart called 'goo gone'.
Good stuff. REAL good stuff. It will take tire chalk out of clothes, off of windows, off of wood furniture, automotive paint and even vinyl trim (like the textured plastic panels in your car)
Tire chalk is a little different from powdery chalk school teachers use. It is OIL based. Use a cleaner that will break down the oil.
'Greased Lightning' is going to put a serious dent in it too.
Ace Hardware sells a laundry detergent for mechanics that I just LOVE! It's incredibly expensive...so i only use it on my dirty mechanic clothes. It does WONDERS at removing that black rubber dust too. ;)

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I usually use Oxi-clean. If that doesn't work, head on over to your nearst Wal-Mart, go into the automotive section, and get the PURPLE bottle of degreaser. This stuff is MAGIC! My hubby's a painter and it gets paint out of his work clothes when nothing else (even Oxi-Clean) works.

Like others have said, I'm not sure you can get the stains out after the dry cycle, but it's always worth a shot - and if the degreaser doesn't work you can always use it for steam cleaning carpets - it's great for high traffic areas! :)

Aubrey - posted on 11/24/2010

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my mom soaks all her stained clothes in warm water with Tide. But usually if you put things in the dryer with a stain on it you can't really get much out after that. But I would try soaking them over night.

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Angela - posted on 11/27/2010

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try awesome you can get it at any dollar tree or big lots. it takes out almost everything without bleaching

Marlene - posted on 11/27/2010

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It may be spendy but maybe a drycleaning place might know some clues?? They might even have some advice.

Chelsey - posted on 11/27/2010

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If the chalk is oil based, Dawn dish soap may help too. It is the only thing I can find that gets grease stains out of clothes. Much needed for when the toddlers learn to eat. Especially if it's popcorn or a potato with butter. I keep a bottle with the washer now!

Kimberly - posted on 11/26/2010

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I have some of that goo gone stuff around the house too...Didnt know it was safe on clothes til i got to reading on it after you posted about it...Thanks a million!!!

Kimberly - posted on 11/24/2010

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Thanks yall!!! You've given some good ideas for me to try. Afterall, I dnt think it could make em any worse. :)

Megan - posted on 11/24/2010

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Lol Angie, I was thinking the same thing. We used to use pinesol for diapers and it worked better than many things did.

Stifler's - posted on 11/24/2010

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I've heard car wash/truck wash gets things out that Napi san and stuff doesn't.

Angie - posted on 11/24/2010

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Pine-sol is an great stain remover. Sounds odd, but it works. Good luck...

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