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Washing Clothes With Concrete Dust on Them?


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April 15, 2005

concrete workerMy son-in-law works construction, he works with concrete. My daughter can't seem to find a way to get his clothes clean. She says his work clothes hold the concrete dust even after they are washed. She has tried shaking them outside before washing and using an extra rinse in the wash with no luck. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Thanks.

"Mike"

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April 16, 20050 found this helpful

I'd try presoaking, then draining and washing in new water.

What about using the vac or putting them in the dryer with a tennis ball to beat the dust out of them before washing. She'd need to wipe down the inside of the dryer after.

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By Kate. (Guest Post)
April 17, 20050 found this helpful

My ex-husband used to work at a concrete company. It was the hardest challenge to clean not only his clothes, but my washer! Its very hard on the washing machine! I used to not only shake but beat them with a broom stick as the dust is very heavy and sits deep in the fabric. Hot water, Tide, and two rinses. We wound up using the company uniforms along with company cleaning service. If that isnt an option then I would suggest that she bring the clothes to the cleaners. Its expensive, but so is the wear and tear on the machines!

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Good Luck!
Kate

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By lorena (Guest Post)
April 17, 20050 found this helpful

you might try adding a lot of vinegar? i've never washed concrete on clothes but i use vinegar to remove mineral stone build up on many surfaces and it works great.

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By Jennifer (Guest Post)
March 11, 20070 found this helpful

My husband is a construction worker and what works for me is beating out all the dust/rocks first, then I just put in the washing machine. (I don't wash them with anything that I think is important) :)
Anyway, I wash with regular laundry soap and baking soda, then use vinegar in the rinse. Perfectly clean clothes every time!

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By Rachel (Guest Post)
September 20, 20070 found this helpful

I'm actually reading to find out what works. I feel so embarrassed about my husband's clothing, because he goes to work looking like his clothes are dirty even though there clean, really clean.

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I soak them right away and then put them in the washer and it doesn't seem to work at all. I guess I'll try the vinegar and baking soda. I hope that works.

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Anonymous
April 14, 20160 found this helpful

Make sure you clean machine regularly. .put vinegar & bicarb & run on cleaning cycle or hot cycle..No fabric softener as it builds up in machine & pipes & hoses.

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January 13, 20190 found this helpful

How much baking powder and do you just throw it in

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April 1, 20210 found this helpful

I would not personally beat or shake the dust off, as you will be inhaling it since it gets into air and thats not good for your lungs. Wish asbestos the women got sick after doing this. I am sure concrete is not that dangerous but still not good for your lungs for sure.

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