Help with cleaning Husbands work clothes

Kylie - posted on 06/06/2011 ( 39 moms have responded )

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My husband works with alot of machines therefore his work clothes are covered and thick oil and grease as well as alot of other things. My problem is i have washed and washed and washed, i have soaked his shirts with washing powder, nappysan and some special soap i got told to try nothing seems to be working i dont know what else to try so i am hoping someone else could give me some ideas on what to try to get some of the grease and oil off and to get rid of the smell.

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Nicole - posted on 06/06/2011

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i use the normal cheap white vinegar too. normally buy 5 liters at a time for rinsing and for making pickles and many other recipes.. my windows too :o) very useful.. i use baking soda too. i alwas place a small amount with a half a lemon in a little bowl in the fridge and it keeps the smells away. a little bicarb on a damp toothbrush is great for whitening teeth too. fresh lemon juice / vinigar is a great rinse for your hair - you'll be surprised how soft it comes out! no residue and no smell either. better than any conditioner.
i make my own wipes too for john if you would like the recipe? saves loads of money and they are LOVELY in my opinion (as well as many of my friends)

Kylie - posted on 06/06/2011

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So dawn dish soap is no good in front loaders? i have a front loader... lol @ Shannin

Melissa - posted on 06/07/2011

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My family has owned a laundromat for almost 50 years, and I've been working there nearly my whole life, so I've got a few tips that might help.

1 - if it's an article of clothing you really like and want to keep, have it dry cleaned. The chemicals will push all oils and greases (motor or food) out of the fabric.

2 - if you wash an article of clothing and a stain doesn't come out DO NOT DRY it!!! it will set the stain and you will more than likely never get it out. it MAY fade over time, but it's not likely. if you wash something and a stain is still there and you don't have time to retreat and rewash right away, simply let it air dry. it's the heat that sets the stain

3 - go to www.nortonsupply.com and look up qwikgo, here's the link: http://www.nortonsupply.com/Qwikgo-Prote... we've been using this to remove grease and oil stains for as long as i can remember and it works WONDERS! you don't need a lot, and you usually only need one application.

i'm sorry i don't have any tips on saving the clothes you've already washed a dried, but hopefully this helps you in the future!

Nicole - posted on 06/09/2011

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i live in South Africa, here they are called Carlton tough towels. My mom lives in UK, she says Kiberly Clark stock them (she has a commercial cleaning company) . I'll ask her to keep an eye out for the in her supermarket and get the name for you.

Karen - posted on 06/06/2011

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I used the lemon sunlight dish soap. It work good for us. My hubby used to work on the oil rigs and now is a shop mechanic. His coveralls got REALLY grimy, be careful though because we went through 3 washing mashines in 6years because of all the grease and oils. I know it's expensive, but there are drycleaners who will do this for you and save on your machines.

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Jeannie - posted on 11/26/2014

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I want say that my husband gets motor oil, grease, hydralic grease and oil also on his work clothes. Well while searching for answers one presented itself and I modified it a little. This is what I did, Walmart had this heavy duty spray bottle of degreaser- I sprayed the clothes while I prepared a five gallon bucket with hot tap water, 2 gallons of boiling water and 1 1/2 cups of ammonia ( do this outside unless you want to be extremely ill), then I soaked and stirred the clothing for 20 minutes(3pair pants and one shirt one jacket). Then I held them up til most of the water had drained off, then washed them by themselves (clean washer after for any grease residue). IT WORKED GREAT NO GREASy FEELING ON THE CLOTHING AND MINOR SPOTS LEFTOVER.

Kate - posted on 06/09/2011

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Dawn dish washing liquid 2T in a regular full washing machine. I also use RLR from time to time too. GL

Angela - posted on 06/09/2011

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@Nicole going to the big supermarket today to look, maybe I overlooked them or they were not at my local smaller market. ...sometimes they put stuff in weird places too... like cleaning with baked beans LOL :) Thanks again

Nicole - posted on 06/09/2011

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Mum just got back to me this morning, she says search for 'kimberly clark' in your country and ask for hydronknit kitchen roll cloths in white. She says you can buy them straight from he supplier.

Angela - posted on 06/08/2011

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@Nicole thanks! I would really appreciate that. At the moment I use this brand that is unscented but has aloe and is all natural and they don't bother her. They are great but very expensive! So an alternative would be great.

Nicole - posted on 06/08/2011

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Angela - this is the right product and it is available in Europe - have you perhaps seen it? there site has a distribution map and contact details. let me know if you can find this - otherwise i'll search again xx

Nicole - posted on 06/08/2011

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no Angela they wont, i'll ask my friends and family in Europe for a similair product that will work the same and let you know tomorrow what they say xx
the normal paper towls will not work atall.
i placed this recipe and a little girls father wrote to me thanking me telling me how it worked really well for their little girl. i hope it is gentle enough for your daughter too - use the chamomile drops for her.

Angela - posted on 06/08/2011

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@ Nicole, I would love to try the babywipes , as I stated my daughter has sensitive skin, I am using these really expensive ones at the moment because they are the only thing that does not cause irritation to her urethra others make it sting when she did pee pee. After a couple trips to the doctors and not any urinanry tract infections we figured out the wipes were the issue. They were suppose to be natural but what ever is in most of them she is sensitive to.... anywho... My question is I have not any clue what Carlton kitchen cloths are and I know they do not have them over here in The Netherlands. Will regular heavy duty paper towels work or not.

Nicole - posted on 06/08/2011

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sure hun.
the recipe for the wipes:
after you have made you morning tea/coffee and the kettle has cooled ...
get a roll of Carlton cloth kitchen wipes.
pull off 30 - 40 cloths and place neatly on top of each other.
cut them in half so it makes 60 - 80 wipes.
i use a addis lock container for home use.
pour a cup of cooled water, squeeze about a table spoon of baby bodywash of your choice into the cup, a table spoon of baby oil and a few drops of chamomile (nice for newborns/sensitive skins) lavender or neroli oil these all have germ fighting properties as well as preservative qualities. they will all help heal and disinfect sore bums. 6 - 10 drops will be good but to your liking really.
mix the mixture in the cup with a fork/t-spoon till well mixed and pour half in the container, place the wipes in (dont worry if it seems like a little too much - they will get flatter ) pour the rest over the top and close and lock the lid. turn it upside down and wait 10 min's. take a wipe - if it feels a bit dry, place another 1/4 cup of plain cooled water over the top and sides. be careful not to put too much water on the wipes. if the wipes are soggy you will struggle to get the bum cream to stick. but its not a disaster - just wring/press them out. after your third batch you'll get it perfect xx
i often put some in a ziplock back to place in Johns nappy/daiper bag to carry with me as its more compact. they last about 6 months.

Angela - posted on 06/08/2011

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My sister works at a dairy farm and my Mom lives in upper Michigan where their are plenty of miners. They have laundry places that have special machines for the miners.
She makes my sister soak and rinse her clothes in a big tub or has her take them to laundromat.
Personally I would just used my washer and clean it with a vinegar rinse afterwards. Always wash the clothes separate. The laundromats are expensive. OR I would invest in a high qulity tough washer :).
Another note as stated dryers set stains, I would just hang his clothes up to dry. I do this often with all my clothes we have a dryer but I live in The Netherlands and energy is VERY expensive so I use it when needed but hang most my clothes.
I never did this when I lived in the USA, but now that I do hang up to dry I found my clothes last and look nicer and do not shrink!

Stifler's - posted on 06/07/2011

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Also a lot of people I know who are diesel fitters have invested in a second washing machine (a cheap one off trading post or something for the work clothes and the normal one for everything else).

Sarah - posted on 06/07/2011

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I've been using Dawn dish soap on tough stains. It may work for the oily stuff on your husband's clothes. You put it on the stain and rub it in, let it sit for about 10 minutes and then wash. It's been doing wonders...

Angela - posted on 06/07/2011

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I can't use Dawn or anything scented but I do know they used it to get rid of oil off animals after oil spills, saw it on tv,

Brittany - posted on 06/06/2011

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My dad is a truck driver and works a lot on his own truck. My mom uses dawn dish soap on his stuff. They make a tide now with dawn in it. She will run the washer till it's full of water and let it all soak a while before she runs the whole thing. I agree don't wash your clothes with his because all those chemicals can run out of it and into your stuff.

Christy - posted on 06/06/2011

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Another option instead of the vinegar (which I do use even with my kids' clothes to get out the boy smell) is 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide. It's supposed to be really good with lifting stains.

Shannintipton - posted on 06/06/2011

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Got a match? Sorry, I couldn't resist. Sorry I have no clue to help you. Good luck.

Leslie - posted on 06/06/2011

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Dawn dish soap. I wash all hubby's clothes Dawn dish soap and along with a little laundry soap. But don't use in front loaders.

Kylie - posted on 06/06/2011

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Wow im really glad i asked on here i really didnt know any of that stuff, feel kinda silly now, that would be great if you could send me the recipe for the wipes Nicole ill give it a go thanks, and thanks for all your help ladies i will give these great ideas ago :)

Lia - posted on 06/06/2011

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Dawn has formaldehyde that can cause eczema or other serious health issues! We use an eco-friendly detergent that works better than the store brands!

Angela - posted on 06/06/2011

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Oh yes I have heard the raves of Dawn... but for my family I cant do that because my Claire is so sensitive, so I swear on the vinegar and baking soda. ... I just cant have even the chance that a scented product hits my Claire's skins(she is really sensitive) / But if you do not have that issue.... Dawn is the get rid of oil soap

Jennifer - posted on 06/06/2011

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My dad always worked with machinery and had the heavy oil in his clothes. He always washed his clothes seperately, and swore by dawn dish soap. He said it really got the grease out. I really don't know. I use Melaleuca products, and it seems to really help with my hubby's clothes (he's a truck driver). Good Luck

Angela - posted on 06/06/2011

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I have used normal cheap white natural vinegar, but they do have in the cleaning section of my grocery stores scented vinegar for cleaning.

You can also use it for cleaning glass as stated, it works great and is CHEAP! I put some in a spay bottle for this type of thing.

Use it in the rinse cycle as you would any other fabric softer.

For Nasty smells I use Baking soda, I do it with a pre soak. Also natural and not expensive.

Kylie - posted on 06/06/2011

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I know what you mean i try to only use as little chemicals as possible. Ok having a blond moment Do you mean normal Vinegar or is it vinegar used for washing clothes and do i wash the vinegar to with his work clothes or after his work clothes. Thanks Nicole and Angela :)

Angela - posted on 06/06/2011

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I use vinegar too, because my daughter has eczema, a normal rinse does the trick and she never smells like chips :), I don't know where you live but here in The Netherlands they have vinegar that has scents like lavender lemon etc. I never use that because my daughter need not any perfumes, dyes etc.

Nicole - posted on 06/06/2011

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sherbert.. Kylie - i just realised my machine has 2 rinses on the long wash - which is what i put hubbys clothes on. so not sure if it would smell like vinigar. but with a double rinse hubbys dont .. wouldnt want your hubby smelling like a chip shop hahaa xx
oh and my long was does a soak too i think its for about 30/40 min

Nicole - posted on 06/06/2011

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only tap in hot water, dont use any cold - it needs to go into a really hot wash.
there are certain powders you can use to clean your washing machine after hubby's oils and grime.. but personally i just find two cups of white vinegar do the trick. if your washing machine has a seperate compartment for the rinse aid, you can add it in there, but dont add it in wtih the washing powder - it makes it less effective. the smell of the viniger gets rinsed out and the clothes are quite soft when i use the vinigar. i also use vinigar with hot water and newspaper to clean the salty sea residue off the windows. works great and so cheap too. i used to use purple methelated (sp) sprits.. but this works too, not explosive or poisonous. (i try keep the poisons to a limit. i'll reintroduce them back in when my children are old enough to not mess with them - but for the now i only keep what i can store in the high cupboard in the garage. a little OTT, i know - but my brother nearly died from drinking bleach - he thought it was water)

Kylie - posted on 06/06/2011

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Thank you soooo much i will try this and let you know how i go. I do wash his work clothes seperate to mine and my sons, then i have to run the washing machine with nothing in it just to make sure nothing transfers onto our clothes. Just a quick question... what do you mean by straight from the geyser? thanks again :)

Nicole - posted on 06/06/2011

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Hi Kylie, my husband is a Diesel Mechanic for Komatsu... diesel, grease and my worst... hydraulic oil and tar can be a real pain in the butt to get out.. but i'll tell you what i do:
dont wash hubbys work clothes with yours or the rest of the family, it needs to go in seperately. when you have done all the other washing, put prewash like bio-tex (really doesnt need to be an expensive one) on his colars and cuffs and on the insed of the clothes where there are stubborn stains. put hubbys things in and use only hot water.. straight from the geyser. with regards to washing powder - look on your country's internet for heavy duty/industrial washing powder - it is MUCH stronger than what we use normally, dont use it on your normal clothes or kids clothes as it will probably be harsh on their skin and it is pretty hard on normal clothes too.

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