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240 LTS
03-28-2012, 08:32 AM
This isn't a Home board so let the bashing begin, but how do you or does your wife get your work jeans clean?
I'm not talking filthy, stained, very old, ready to throw away jeans, just the daily use, front of the thighs dirt.
Many of us here wear and work in jeans so it may interest the majority of members.
Pre-soaking or pre-treating will be the general answer but is trying to clean them a waste of time?
They don't have to look new, just presentable to wear again.
My wife just gives me hell and says, The dirt just won't come out.
I say, But they are not that dirty in the first place. We need a better laundry detergent, what we are using now doesn't work well enough. ;?
She is very sensitive to odors and smells (causes migraines) so some cleaners are out of the question.

I found this:
http://www.thriftyfun.com/tf163235.tip.html


quote:
"......My husband works on small engines, lawn mowers, tillers, etc. Some of his tee shirts are badly stained with oil, grease, and dirt. I use a stain remover from the Dollar Tree Store. It comes in a 32 ounce spray bottle and is called Awesome Pre-Wash Laundry Stain Remover......"

OK, bash away! :trout::bashhh: :grin:


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davedowneast
03-28-2012, 09:12 AM
I've worked with fuel oil and grease all my life. Also, I've have done my own clothes washing myself since I was about 12 years old. I spay with Shout, let it sit for awhile and then wash with ALL "free and clear". When I was working, I never washed my clothes with the rest of the family's laundry. ;)

davedowneast
03-28-2012, 09:16 AM
BTW, my GF used some new stuff and it really tore up her jeans.......















:grin:


240 LTS
03-28-2012, 09:22 AM
They will need a closer "hands on" inspection!



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davedowneast
03-28-2012, 09:30 AM
I figured the pic would help save my MAN CARD! ;)

Elmroc
03-28-2012, 09:33 AM
THis sounds crazy, but my wife recently started pre-soaking grease and oil stains with dishwashing liquid. Most all are touted with grease cutting/desolving formulas.

In the month she's been doing it, there's quite a noticeable difference. GIve it a shot.

Buoy Scout
03-28-2012, 09:53 AM
No easy solution. Use Shout or similar pre treatments. I allocate my jeans in three categories, and as they are used, the trickle down the list. New: wear only for social occasions, shopping, dinner out, movies, etc. Once soiled (food stain, unplanned car repair, etc) relegate them to knock-about duty. Household chores, running to Lowes or HD, boating, etc. Once torn or damaged (lost belt loops, badly stained/oil/grease, then they become work jeans. Changing engine oil, compounding the boat, painting, yardwork. Final resting place is as a shop rag.

TipsyMcStagger
03-28-2012, 10:03 AM
This isn't a Home board so let the bashing begin, but how do you or does your wife get your work jeans clean?
OK, bash away! :trout::bashhh: :grin:Shouldn't the thread be titled "Clean Jeans for married men who wear jeans to work and haven't yet figured out how to do their own laundry?"

:)

Think Done Deals
03-28-2012, 10:13 AM
I don't know, don't care, jeans come off and go on floor, somehow some way they end up on a shelf in the closet, clean.

bikem
03-28-2012, 10:20 AM
Tide is the only detergent the wife will buy.

davedowneast
03-28-2012, 10:40 AM
THis sounds crazy, but my wife recently started pre-soaking grease and oil stains with dishwashing liquid. Most all are touted with grease cutting/desolving formulas.

In the month she's been doing it, there's quite a noticeable difference. GIve it a shot.

That makes sense. Working with fuel oil and grease, I always washed my hands with dish soap. Dish soap was much better than hand soap or the specialty soaps for grease.

One thing to remember, never mix Palmolive with bleach :nono: (maybe that's what happened to her jeans). :rofl:

Eyeball
03-28-2012, 10:58 AM
I read some new laws caused a change in dishwasher soap. Now, it isn't as good as it used t be but it is more environmentally friendly. Industrial dish soap (restaurant supplies) is still good stuff and is exempted from the new law. Maybe dishwasher soap is going the same way. ;?

I use Costco's Kirkland brand laundry soap. It has cleaned everything except seriously stained 'whites' that required bleaching. Diesel fuel, oil, garden dirt ... all of it comes out without pre-wash or pre-soaking.

tat2
03-28-2012, 11:51 AM
BTW, my GF used some new stuff and it really tore up her jeans.......














:grin:

got any pics of those jeans from the front?:)

Blythe1022
03-28-2012, 12:00 PM
For grease and oil stains pretreat with GoJo. If it will get liquid asphalt out it can get out anything.

TBA Tackle
03-28-2012, 12:08 PM
My wife has had good luck using Murphy's oil soap as a presoak/treat on my oil stained Blue jeans. I now only buy black jeans for work to hide most oil stains. (Machine shop).

Cousin Eddie
03-28-2012, 12:20 PM
Fast orange handsoap will take out just about anything (except cured epoxy...). It works great and doesn't do any harm to your clothes.

notgottaboatyet
03-28-2012, 12:26 PM
I weld A LOT so all my old stuff burns up eventuality when it wears too thin. Other than that just dust stains it looks close to what designer jeans would be if they were x3 thicker. My shirt caught fire a nice thin cool one too dammit.

CaptKennyW
03-28-2012, 12:30 PM
Im not married but when I pull my jeans out of the washing machine they are always clean!!

Cooper
03-28-2012, 12:46 PM
I haven't tried it myself, but if you want a clean feeling (not stain removal), this may be worth a try: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-clean-your-jeans-withou-109266

Tireless
03-28-2012, 02:02 PM
Didn't know jeans were supposed to be washed.

240 LTS
03-28-2012, 02:59 PM
I haven't tried it myself, but if you want a clean feeling (not stain removal), this may be worth a try: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-clean-your-jeans-withou-109266

Yea, I saw that when surfing.

Didn't know jeans were supposed to be washed.

The above method is for you Tireless! :) :thumbsup:


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Uncas
03-28-2012, 04:08 PM
Didn't know jeans were supposed to be washed.

You might be a Redneck if..........!!!!!

SurfFishLife
03-28-2012, 06:14 PM
Put the regular amount of detergent in the washer, set the water level to low, and let it agitate for a few seconds before turning it off. This will give you a more concentrated detergent solution. Put the jeans in and let them soak for 5 or 10 minutes, then put the water level back to high and turn the washer back on. It works just like a pre-soak with no extra detergent.

Bruce W
03-28-2012, 09:34 PM
BTW, my GF used some new stuff and it really tore up her jeans.......

http://www.thehulltruth.com/attachments/dockside-chat/230592d1332951291-clean-jeans-perils1.jpg















:grin:

I'll give you $50 CASH for those jeans - $2,000 CASH if you DON'T wash them! :Q:grin:

Regards,

19cape
03-28-2012, 10:10 PM
Oxyclean gel comes in a stick. use on mine and they get pretty nasty working on planes all day...

JMT34
03-29-2012, 07:18 AM
I don't know, don't care, jeans come off and go on floor, somehow some way they end up on a shelf in the closet, clean.

:rofl:

240 LTS
03-29-2012, 07:30 AM
Shouldn't the thread be titled "Clean Jeans for married men who wear jeans to work and haven't yet figured out how to do their own laundry?"

:)

I don't know, don't care, jeans come off and go on floor, somehow some way they end up on a shelf in the closet, clean.

Answers from opposite ends of the spectrum. :thumbsup:


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Eyeball
03-29-2012, 08:48 AM
You guys don't know this is a 40-year old tranny? ;?


http://www.thehulltruth.com/attachments/dockside-chat/230592d1332951291-clean-jeans-perils1.jpg



:grin:

jpdeg
03-29-2012, 08:53 AM
THis sounds crazy, but my wife recently started pre-soaking grease and oil stains with dishwashing liquid. Most all are touted with grease cutting/desolving formulas.

In the month she's been doing it, there's quite a noticeable difference. GIve it a shot.

I was going to say the same thing. A little rag or paper towel, squirt some dawn on a stain, rub it, let it sit, then wash as you normally would. Dawn (or any other dish soap) gets out anything.

TBA Tackle
03-29-2012, 09:26 AM
Shouldn't the thread be titled "Clean Jeans for married men who wear jeans to work and haven't yet figured out how to do their own laundry?"

:)

Why on earth would a married man need to figure out how to do laundry?;?

38Blackfin
03-29-2012, 10:07 AM
THis sounds crazy, but my wife recently started pre-soaking grease and oil stains with dishwashing liquid. Most all are touted with grease cutting/desolving formulas.

In the month she's been doing it, there's quite a noticeable difference. GIve it a shot.

x2- or Tide, straight on the grime, straight out of the bottle-

Hell, I used to wash the boat with Tide until THT learnt me that I was washing the wax off- :grin:

Randy

Boataholic
03-29-2012, 07:29 PM
Didn't know jeans were supposed to be washed.

I read a book a while back titled "half broke horses", a semi autobiographical novel by Jeanette Walls. She spoke of her Grandmother back in the 30's raising cattle on a ranch in Arizona regarding jeans. She said the cowboys NEVER washer their jeans, ever! Doing so would cause them to shrink and not fit right and fall apart. I'm talking months, years of wearing the same pair. I know, it's hard to fathom but that's the way it was back then.

John_Madison CT
03-29-2012, 08:15 PM
There are some very good pre-treaters on the market, like Shout. As for detergent, Wisk and Tide remain the best.



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