My son works for a concrete outfit and his jeans come home caked with clay, or mud, or just plain dirt. I have a terrible time getting them clean. Any suggestions?
By MrsMom from Cumberland, WI
Try the following:
Mix 1/2 tsp. of dish washing soap or fabric detergent into 1 (8 oz.)cup of warm water. Then blot it out... be patient as it may take some time. If the spot or stain turns brownish when dry, mix 1 part white vinegar and two parts water. Apply a small amount and blot.
My latest stain remover, from this site, is Dawn Dishwashing Liquid, the original blue one.
I filled an old spray bottle around 3/4 with plain tap water and added Dawn. I didn't measure the Dawn, but the water rose as I squeezed the Dawn in. Now I use it for all my laundry.
But, for cement, I'd start with washing them in the sink. I'd do warm water and Dawn and soak overnight. What could it hurt? You might have to do it again (and again).
Good luck. Write back and let us know what works.
If he is old enough to work in concrete he can wash his own clothes. Tell him to hose them off good before he puts them in the washer. If you have a power washer that will work even better. Personally I would take them to a laundryette once a week. Why put that in your washer.
No offense to Metro but do you really think this woman who has raised this grown man should stand over the sink and wash his clothes? Over and over? Maybe my thinking is off.
If your son is old enough to work in concrete he is most definitely old enough to wash his own clothes. What a disservice you are doing to him, and any girls he may date and live or marry in the future. He's going to think its her job. Teach your son to respect women, not that they are supposed to do his personal chores for him.
I am a stay-at-home mom and I love to care for my family. My son has the knowledge and capabilities to do his own laundry, and he does when the need arises. However, I am more than glad to provide these daily little love-chores for my family! Thanks for your responses. I'm going to try the hints out.
A bottle 2 liters of 7up. It has worked for me.
Agree with a few other posters, especially AnnParker. Get him to hose down in the backyard before coming in the house, leave his work clothing somewhere to drip so they're not gunking up your other laundry or your washer.
And direct him to the nearest laundromat on his day off.
We had three girls and a boy, and all of them learned how to do their own wash, cook to stay alive, change a flat and balance a checkbook ( among other things, you get my drift) before they grew up and moved on.
My son does a better load of wash than his wife, and she is better at car repairs.
Don't kill yourself; give him the opportunity to do for himself. He'll better appreciate the clean uniforms, that's a promise.
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My 3 year old was playing in wet cement in her new jeans, and they now have cement stains on them. I soaked them immediately in water, however this had no affect. Any suggestions?
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