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Is there any place to purchase pure water for the purpose of hand-washing clothing? Otherwise, what

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by stylemeup, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. anginaprinzmetal

    anginaprinzmetal Senior member

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    Welcome back Reev... Or is it Iroh??
     


  2. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Only wright was banned.
     


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    You should be more concerned with the chemicals that are harmful to your body than your clothes.
    That said, you'll need a water filtration system with reverse osmosis membranes.
    It looks something like this...

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    source ^ http://waterfilterz.com/1787-water-factory-filters.html

    Berkey offers good home options

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    source ^ http://www.berkeywaterfiltersystem.com/

    And don't forget adding a filtration device to your shower head. Protect your skin.

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    Source ^ http://www.jamesfilter.com/berkeyshowerfilter.aspx
     
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2012


  4. DLester

    DLester Senior member

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    Is this thread a gag? I am not on this side of the fence often enough to know.

    Has to be a gag.

    Right?
     


  5. rach2jlc

    rach2jlc Prof. Fabulous Dubiously Honored

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    read "threads started" and you'll see
     


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    Wait, I thought we were suppose to throw out our dirty clothing... :confused:
     


  8. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    This is one reason why i enjoy reading this forum.so much : it makes me feel better about myself
     


  9. halgrind

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    You're still using polar solvents to wash your clothes? How provincial.
     


  10. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    What do you eat so you never ever get hemorrhoids?

    I ended up getting a hemorrhoid for the first time in my life and I am not happy about it. It's just about the most unstylish thing that I could ever imagine to happen to me.

    The doctor told me I have to avoid them by not pushing too hard when I poo, and also making sure that my stool is never too hard.

    I googled around and it said to eat lots of fiber to keep my stool soft but I heard it's not good to eat too much fiber either? I don't wanna get diarhhea from too much fiber.

    I also eat tons of cheese because pizza is my favorite food, but I have learned that cheese hardens your stool. I can't give up cheese though, as the laxative printout from the pharmacy recommends to do in order to avoid having hard stool.

    I want to know what I should eat, specifically, and how much and how often, in order to:

    a) never ever get hemorrhoids again

    and

    b) never get diarrhea
     


  11. Hayward

    Hayward Senior member

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    Hemorroids are not caused by diet. They happen when you pull ideas for Styleforum threads like this one from your ////////////NO CARRIER
     


  12. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    uhmmm.... you could also invest on a good water softening system for your home.

    but I'm just curious as to what soap op is using for handwashing? is it made from oils derived from the first press of argudell olives, hand cranked by young and nude catalonian virgins mixed with lye made by monks in some faraway temple in the mountains of bhutan?
     


  13. stylemeup

    stylemeup Senior member

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    No, this post is not a gag. The question in the OP was and is 100% serious. Prior to making this thread, I did not know that "distilled water" was any different than typical bottled water, which is given fancy names like "spring water" even though it is just tap water in bottles. The posts in this thread have taught me that distilled water is actually different, and removes most of the chemicals, in water so thank you all for that.

    I do not see anything funny about wanting to preserve my clothing over the long-term by not subjecting it to the harsh chemicals in standard water. Why wouldn't everyone want that? Especially since good clothing is expensive. I have a very limited budget, so when I am able to save up for a long time and buy a good piece of clothing, that means a lot to me, and I want to preserve it for as long as humanly possible.


    I have been able to acquire a few excellent pieces of clothing as a result of the knowledge gained from this forum, but overall, I have not been styled up overly much so far because I do not have enough money to purchase a sufficient array of excellent clothing.

    In addition, I rarely wear the few excellent pieces that I do have, because I cannot afford the high-end drycleaners in my city, other than occasionally. I want to stop using them entirely both because I cannot afford them, and also because even when I do use them, they end up chipping away my MOP buttons every time they launder my shirts. I've also noticed some fraying present in my shirts that wasn't there before they laundered them.


    I have not started hand-washing my clothing yet. I made this thread to gain the water-related information that I needed so that I can start to hand-wash.

    I was thinking that I might use Tide Original for cottons, since Alexander Kabbaz recommends that in his shirt-washing guide. Now that I think about it though, that might not be the best option. That same guide recommends to machine-wash clothing after preparing it by hand on the first day. That guide therefore does not bother to care about water quality, nor about broken/damaged buttons that will result from machine-washing, which is a problem that is ignored in the article, even though in a post he made on the AA forums, Mr. Kabbaz has also said that damaged or broken buttons are a common problem when laundering. That is a problem that I wish to avoid.

    In addition, that guide also says that he only expects his shirts to last for 200 washes under his system of proper care. I'd prefer my shirts to last even longer.

    I might use a non-biological detergent for hand-washing. I need to buy one for hand-washing my wool and cashmere sweaters anyway. So far I have not found one locally, but I intend to do so, or else find a place to buy one online. I know they exist, even if most people do not bother to use them. If any of you know good places online to buy non-biological detergents, I'd appreciate if you posted them. :)
     


  14. ethanm

    ethanm Senior member

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    The problem is you're focusing on the things in life that don't really matter. When I was a kid I had hopes and dreams. We all did. But over time, the daily grind gets in the way and you miss the things that really matter, even though they are right in front of you, staring you in the face. I think the next time you should ask yourself "Am I on the right track here?". I don't mean to be rude but people like you I really pity. So maybe you could use the few brain cells you have and take advantage of the knowledge I have given you now. Good luck.
     


  15. viator

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    The reason this sounds over the top is because a) I'm not aware of any reported problems resulting from laundering shirts using ordinary average water; and b) physical wear on the shirt - i.e. your neck against the collar, your wrist against the cuff, your elbow against the desk - will be the limiting factor in a shirt's lifespan, not the use of tap vs. distilled water.

    Frankly, I think handwashing shirts is also a bit extreme. If money is really an issue for you to the extent you identified in your post, wouldn't you be happier and less stressed if you just bought a bunch of CT or BB shirts and had them commercially laundered? It sounds like you're at the point where your shirts own you, rather than vice versa.
     


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