[LMB] OT: AKICOTL: Laundry

Patricia A. Swan zafaran at sff.net
Sat May 20 22:21:19 BST 2006

At 01:05 PM 5/20/2006, PAT MATHEWS wrote:

>A lot of the frugal living advisors and the energy saving 
>advisors suggest washing your laundry - all of it - in warm or 
>even cold water.  I consider the nature of soiled underwear and 
>cleaning rags and shudder. Isn't this unsanitary? Or do they 
>use disposables?
>Pat, doing what I've done for 60 years

Not only the bio-hazard issues, but grease doesn't stay 
dissolved in cold water very well, and my brother finally lost 
use of the sewer line from the garage apartment here on the 
property when years of washing his greasy/oily mechanic's 
uniforms, greasy clothes, washable firefighting gear in cold 
water finally accumulated to the point flow through the sewer 
lines below his (then) house slowed to a trickle and put a stop 
to anything that used more water than simply flushing the 

And, a handy hint from someone who had greasy food service 
clothes that got to smelling of rancid grease.  To get the funky 
rancid smell out, wash in hot water with an adequate amount of 
detergent for ten minutes or so, set the timer back to the 
beginning of the wash, and then add a very healthy amount of 
chlorine bleach that's been severely diluted before you *very* 
slowly trickle it into the washer.  With these precautions you 
can use this on black clothes without color loss or 
spotting.  My black and grey, woven, polyester and 
polyester/cotton uniform pants and skirts had this done to them 
about once a month for years.  Chlorox bleach is preferred 
because some of the other bleaches I tried this with had 
additives that will not rinse clear of the fabric.

The Other Pat, Pat in North Carolina

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