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BeachcomberStt
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After some rearranging, I found a pile of clothes that fell in a corner of my closet, out of sight.
There are brown spots/stains on them, which I believe is mold. Or is it something else?
Anyone have any tips on how to launder the clothes, without bleach, that will get the spots out with the best results possible.
What detergents and/or pretreatment products work the best?
Thanks in advance for any advice!

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Topic starter Posted : January 30, 2013 10:25 pm
Alana33
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You can try white vinegar and lemon juice and soak in cold water overnight, then just wash regularly,
Clorox does work great best but this is a greener way.
I have had good results with the vinegar/lemon juice with white items that have been put away and yellowed.
Couldn't use Clorox due to colorful embroidery on the fabric.

How about RUST stains while we are on the subject?
Any ideas for getting those out?

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Posted : January 30, 2013 10:32 pm
speee1dy
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sometimes bleach can actually turn items yellow

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Posted : January 30, 2013 11:33 pm
poodle
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I use 'Iron Out' for my rust stains. I mix a small amount & dab it on with a small paintbrush. The stuff works great! I haven't tried it on anything other than whites/lights.

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Posted : January 30, 2013 11:59 pm
CAtoSTX
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I use oxy clean... good long soak.
and if it's white let it dry in the sun.

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Posted : January 31, 2013 12:12 am
stxem
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I that putting with lime or lemon juice on rust stains and then putting out in the sun for a few hours works. Maybe there was another ingredient too but I don't remember. Anyone else know?

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Posted : January 31, 2013 2:07 am
STXBob
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White Brite works on rust stains and many other stains. It's expensive and smelly, so we use it only after trying oxygen bleach first (eg: OxyClean). For either product, the more concentrated, and the longer you soak it, the better it works. It helps if the cloth is white or colorfast. We've found that only White Brite works when a guest wears fake tan lotion (we assume that's what it is) to bed and gets the white sheets all yellow/brown.

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Posted : January 31, 2013 2:42 am
DixieChick
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there is something called whink (think thats the name) in a brown bottle. it works great.

didnt have any so i used lime juice and vinegar and it worked!!!!!

dont put clothing in dryer with stain, dryer will sit the stain.

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Posted : January 31, 2013 11:19 am
BeachcomberStt
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Thanks for the tips 🙂

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Topic starter Posted : February 1, 2013 5:11 pm
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