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post #121 of 140
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Does anybody have any experience with the detergents and the like from The Laundress? There's a shop in the village with their stuff and it is mucho expensive for detergent. I'm wondering if anybody has used their stuff and noticed a difference enough to warrant the expense.

I'm mainly looking into their whites detergent, stain solution and bleach alternative to keep white dress shirts white and without a collar ring. I've tried the little bar of soap thing on the collar and that's bullshit in my experience. Also shout and such on the collar and cuffs doesn't do any better of a job than normal laundering. The only thing that seems to work well on dress shirts is dry cleaning, but that is even more expensive than these products on a regular basis and also doesn't remove body odor and water based stains well. Am I over thinking this? Should I just launder normally and dry clean when they need it?

Every 6 months or so, I will sort of power clean my shirts that need it (collars, cuffs, pits). I use the following method and its very effective for me and doesnt cost me a lot of time:

 

1) Shirts go in a bucket with warm water and OxyClean

2) Take a shirt out of the bucket, Fels Naptha soap rubbed on the collar/ pits/ cuffs as necessary, then a quick scrub with a nylon brush to raise a little lather and work the soap into the fabric. This step takes literally 30 seconds a shirt

3) Put scrubbed shirt(s) into a garbage bag to soak over night. Launder normally the following day.

 

I am a sweatier than usual guy, so the above is necessary for me to prolong the life of my shirts and not let them get dingy and funky...

post #122 of 140
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All that shit isn't worth my time.

well, Ecru/cream shirts are supposed to be pretty nice too. satisfied.gif
post #123 of 140
I mean it just seems like a quarterly dry cleaning would be much easier.
post #124 of 140
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I mean it just seems like a quarterly dry cleaning would be much easier.

it would. but minimal effort puts forth minimal results.
post #125 of 140
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I mean it just seems like a quarterly dry cleaning would be much easier.

My routine takes about 30 minutes, plus the normal wash cycle, but gets the shirts very clean, removes stains and smells and my shirts look almost new. Dry cleaning would require me to drive to the cleaners, wait a day, drive back to pick them up, pay for the service and still not have the shirts really clean and odor free. 

 

I guess it depends on perspective as to which is easier, but this works for me.

post #126 of 140
As far as dress shirts, before sending them to the cleaners I wash them. For colors I simply spray with Shout around the neck. White shirts, I scrub the collar and arm pits with a brush and a diluted mixture of bleach, water and laundry soap every now and then if they begin to look yellow. I'm always doing a load of colors or whites anyway so this isn't a hassle.

I have never found dry cleaning of shirts to be as good at cleaning cotton shirts as regular washing and pressing. I also prefer the feel of laundered shirts. They are a bit more crisp.
post #127 of 140
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Originally Posted by bdavro23 View Post

My routine takes about 30 minutes, plus the normal wash cycle, but gets the shirts very clean, removes stains and smells and my shirts look almost new. Dry cleaning would require me to drive to the cleaners, wait a day, drive back to pick them up, pay for the service and still not have the shirts really clean and odor free. 

I guess it depends on perspective as to which is easier, but this works for me.

Hmm, I walk to work and pass the cleaner on the way. Easy peasy. Also the cleaners now and again just to get the collars clean. I'd still wash them and iron them myself in between these trips.
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Originally Posted by GusW View Post

As far as dress shirts, before sending them to the cleaners I wash them. For colors I simply spray with Shout around the neck. White shirts, I scrub the collar and arm pits with a brush and a diluted mixture of bleach, water and laundry soap every now and then if they begin to look yellow. I'm always doing a load of colors or whites anyway so this isn't a hassle.

I have never found dry cleaning of shirts to be as good at cleaning cotton shirts as regular washing and pressing. I also prefer the feel of laundered shirts. They are a bit more crisp.

Shout pretty much does nothing for my collars and on top of that it makes the washer sud up way too much and I have to rinse them 100 times to get the soap out. I generally shy away from doing anything that involves scrubbing though.
post #128 of 140
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I generally shy away from doing anything that involves scrubbing though.

Lazy ass
post #129 of 140
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Originally Posted by GusW View Post

Lazy ass

i think this is the tldr from pB. wink.gif
post #130 of 140
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Originally Posted by aussiejake View Post

I've used this method for stubborn stains quite successfully, taken from PutThisOn (they took it back from StyleForum).

http://putthison.com/post/441812762/cleaningshirts
  1. Soak shirt in a solution made from one gallon hot water (as hot as it will come out of the faucet) and one cup of vinegar. Let the shirt soak for 30 mins to 2 hours.
  2. Rinse shirts, and squeeze out excess water. Empty bucket and rinse. In a cup, prepare a concentrated Oxy-Clean solution. Make sure to use the Oxy-Clean granules that come in the tub. Make the solution about 10 parts HOT water to one part O-C. Usually this amounts to two scoops of O-C (using the provided scoop) per 4-6 ounces of water. You want this to be very concentrated.
  3. Apply the strong solution generously to the stained areas. Place the shirts in a bucket (so that the solution doesn’t flow away, or dry) with the stained areas towards the bottom of the bucket so they stay nice and covered in the solution. Allow to soak overnight. It can also help to use an old toothbrush and scrub the stained areas every hour or so, if you’ve got the time.
  4. In the morning, remove the shirts from bucket. Fill the bucket with a gallon of hot water, and two scoops of the Oxy-Clean (basically, follow the recipe on the package for a general cleaning solution) and mix well. Place the shirts in the bucket, and soak for 2-24 hours. This just helps to remove any trace of stain. You might want to stir the shirts around with your hands after you put them in the bucket with the weaker solution just to remove some of the stronger solution that is still on the shirts.
  5. Remove, and wash/rinse in the regular cycle on your washing machine.

All that shit isn't worth my time.

I can attest that this works very well. I tried it on some white shirts that had developed some quite bad yellow stains. Normally, I would have just tossed them but I had had these made up and I would have been sorry to see them go. The results were impressive. And my experience is that you can skip step 4. I also didn't do any brushing. I just left them sitting in the super-concentrated Oxy-Clean overnight. The vinegar does make a big difference though. It doesn't take a lot of effort but you use a lot of Oxy-Clean.
post #131 of 140
I tried the oxyclean. It didn't do much more than the oxyclean infused detergent does... Also, it left as absolutely offensive chemical smell on my shirts even after rinsing a million times. Whole bucket of Oxy right in the garbage.
post #132 of 140
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Originally Posted by scatterbrain View Post
 

I'm pretty excited about this. I haven't bought a white shirt in a couple years, and I have 3 old ones are basically ruined if I can't get the stains out. Was going to donate them soon.

 

I will try an overnight soak tonight!

 

I did a lazy version of what everyone is suggesting. Just warm water and oxyclean, put in a garbage bag in the afternoon and washed the next morning. Results were very impressive. All (or nearly all) yellowness is gone.

 

Ink stains from pen on shirt remain, which makes me think this treatment would be safe on lighter blues and ecru shirts, too.

 

Thanks to @DerekS for the original helpful tip. Even lazy/rushed people can disolve some oxyclean and leave the shirt laying around in it overnight....

 

Will try to post before and after pics tomorrow.

post #133 of 140
Here is a before. White Oxford had gotten pretty gross.

Lazy soak in oxyclean, and wash with oxyclean and detergent, and viola.

Still some small remnant of yellow, deep in the seam, but otherwise no noticeable discolouration in real life.
post #134 of 140
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Originally Posted by scatterbrain View Post

Here is a before. White Oxford had gotten pretty gross.

Lazy soak in oxyclean, and wash with oxyclean and detergent, and viola.

Still some small remnant of yellow, deep in the seam, but otherwise no noticeable discolouration in real life.

kapow!

I'm sure the smell pB is noticing is his smug sense of self worth bleeding thru. AYO
post #135 of 140
Oxyclean sucks.
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