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Another laundry problem...brown whites
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Tom A    Posted 08-09-2001 at 06:29:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hey all:

Been on our place 3 years now, first time we've been off city water. Love the well water for the taste, but it is doing a number on my white clothes.

They get stained brown/yellow, but not uniformly as I would expect from iron. Seems to be concentrated mostly (maybe only) where I really sweat. The boy's clothes started doing the same as they hit their late teens and started working hard. Some kind of chemical reaction with minerals and sweat?

Anyway, wife's tried bleach (doesn't work, and eats the clothes up pretty good, too) and different stain removers. Also tried some kind of 'rust out' stuff, which did take the 'dingy' look from the whites, but not the real stains.
Any suggestions?? Thanks!


IHank    Posted 08-09-2001 at 08:18:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Tom- Other posts here have good ideas. To them you should consider doing like the red head on TV and yelling, "Hey Culligan Man!"

Sounds like the minerals and ??? that give your water the flavor you like are also reacting with stuff in your clothes and laundry products.

Like I said in another post here someplace, give plain old baking soda and a reduced quantity of laundry soap a try. Good luck, IHank

Dell (WA)    Posted 08-09-2001 at 07:07:23       [Reply]  [Send Email] mom used to use a product called "blueing" by Mrs Paul to make whites whiter. Its still available, follow directions. I didn't and now have some "spotted skivies" (grin). Yesterday at the county fair, saw a 4H horsey girl using something "blue" on a Pinto in the washrack........Dell

Burrhead    Posted 08-09-2001 at 10:15:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
You are exactly right. We used blueing when we still washed out in the yard with a Maytag wringer model and wash pots to rinse in.

The blue would help keep the whites white, and it made the greasy work clothes come out a lot cleaner too. I don't know what's in it that softens and neutralizes the water but it does work.

Another thing that will help get the whites to be pure clean is plain old rock salt.

Bama Red    Posted 08-09-2001 at 06:58:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had the same problem years ago when I used a spray deodorant (Right Guard) - changed to a roll-on and haven't had a problem since.

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