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My husband works construction and where white T-shirts. I can not get them clean! Any ideas, we go through too many too quick.

He works outside and it gets too hot for him to wear dark tshirts.


Asked by AmyLynn5398 at 8:53 AM on Sep. 8, 2010 in Home & Garden

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  • Make sure to wash in HOT water (turn up temp on water heater thermostat if necessary) 2cups of bleach if full load less if smaller load - leave washing machine lid open and allow to soak for a couple of hours - hang out to dry - Arm & Hammer Baking Soda POWDER laundry detergent is da bomb - (Any powder is best for washing clothes)

    Answer by NinaIvie at 10:11 PM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • all i can recommend is bleach. lol. i love bleach.

    Answer by gracefulsky at 8:56 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • You can't, they are shot. Hubby has tons of "grey" shirts.

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 8:56 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • let him wear the dirty shirts. you could also try sun bleaching them. i don't think it is as harsh as bleach, and it won't yellow the shirts either.

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 8:58 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • starting with light grey is not bad idea

    i use Oxi clean, but the off brand- i think it is called SUN something-dollar store, works as good, just less $ no ad budget
    make sure not to put in dryer if not white, dryer will seal the deal on the stains
    may have to wash a few times, try soaking in oxi clean and water before washing

    Answer by fiatpax at 8:59 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Like Musicmom80 mentioned, try grey. A light grey will not get hot like a dark-colored shirt will, and will last much, much longer because the yellow on the armpits and neck won't show up like it will on white. Our company used to have white polo shirts for the uniform, and we switched to light grey for this reason--I would NEVER go back to the white ones.

    Answer by vicesix at 9:01 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Oxyclean does SO has the same problem, I soak them in oxyclean and they usually come out white, unless he's been really harsh on them

    Answer by BradensMom1026 at 9:09 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • tell him to take his shirt off =) i thought construction guys went topless

    Answer by shay1130 at 9:11 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • In a basin of just boiled water, add the juice of a smalll lemon. let whites soak for at least 30 minutes then launder as usual. Extremely soiled items should sit overnight.

    Dissolve 5 adult aspirin tablets (325 milligrams each) in a basin of hot water, soak your white clothes in it. When you're ready to do the wash pour the contents of the basin in the washing machine-clothes and aspirin water.

    Add 1 cup of distilled white vinegar during the washer's rinse cycle to wash away soap residue.

    Wash clothes as usual until last rinse cycle. Then dissolve 1 tablespoon of borax powder in 16 ounces of hot water, pour it into the machine and continue laundering as usual.

    Fill basin or sink with warm water and add 1/4 cup of powdered, automatic dishwasher detergent. soak whites for an hour swishing them around occasionally. Wring them out enough to get them to the washing machine and launder as usual.

    Try one of these.

    Answer by 2autisticsmom at 9:16 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • My husband is also in construction and he wears light grey pocket-Ts (like made by Hanes or Fruit of the Loom). Some of them do get stained beyond saving (usualy because he gets paint or construction adhesive on them), but for the others, I just add a half cup of borax to every wash and/or a cup of baking soda to remove both tough, ground in dirt & odors, plus white vinegar for , removing any chemical residues, odor control & as a fabric softener.

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 9:44 AM on Sep. 8, 2010