R.F. asks from Burleson, TX on March 16, 2008
Dirty Washing Machine YUCK!
My husband works in the oil field and brings everything from regular dirt and mud to diesel and oil and yuck home with him to my washing machine. I now have a ring around the top of the washer the agitator is turning brown. I practically climb into it trying to scrub it (and he has too) but nothing seems to get the stains and grime off it. Short of run another line for washer and dryer for him I don't know what to do? Do they sell washing machine cleaner for porcelian baskets? Is there people who do this? thanks for the help!
S.S. answers from Dallas on March 20, 2008
try a bathtub or toilet bowl cleanr. . or goo gone
C.G. answers from Dallas on March 20, 2008
My husband works in the oilfield as well, and we don't use our washing machine for his clothes. The major reason is because the oil and diesel left in the machine can get on other clothes and cause skin irritation. And after awhile regular washing machines will quit working due to all the buildup. He is very lucky that there is a washing machine on the rig and there is one person designated to wash everyones clothes. Before that we took his to a laundry (?spelling) mat and used the industrial machines. Hope this helps.
J.T. answers from Dallas on March 17, 2008
Go to TSC and buy a metal galvanized round tub or bucket and then go to Dollar Store and buy Dawn dishwashing liquid and some vinegar. Put his clothes in one of the containers every day when he gets home from work and fill it with hot/warm water and let them soak over night. You may need to manually aggitate (use a commode plunger) them before you take them out but the grease/oil will ruin your washer eventually. Make sure he had enough clothes to last him through the week during this process. I have found that Shout doesn't even cut the grease and oil as well as the Dawn does. Good Luck.
K.S. answers from Dallas on March 17, 2008
Have you tried Goof Off?? It doesn't smell that great (like gasoline or fingernail polish) but it gets everything off from gum to grease. You can get it at Home Depot for sure. Also have you tried running a cycle of just vinigar to help cut the grime?? You might want to start having him rinse his clothes in the yard before bringing them in. All that dirt and mudd is hard on washers. -K.
S.S. answers from Dallas on March 17, 2008
For my hubby's clothes(he also works in the oil field) I always use the liquid Oxyclean that goes in with the wash and color safe bleach.... then as soon as I take the clothes out of the washer I use the spray on Oxyclean for small stains let it sit for a few minutes then wipe with a cloth. My washer is also starting to stain a bit from me not cleaning it right away. Good luck and I hope you find something that works for you.