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ajhuff
08-17-2012, 11:10 AM
I wash my whites in heavy bleach but was thinking that most of the stains on my chef jacket are fat based. I was wondering if lye would not work better. Since lye is sodium hydroxide and that's what Drano is I was wondering if anyone has tried this?

-AJ

ThEoRy
08-17-2012, 11:13 AM
I just get them dry cleaned. They always come back brand new looking.

knyfeknerd
08-17-2012, 11:24 AM
A long soak in a generous amount of oxyclean. Works great and doesn't eat away your clothes. I would be scared to do drano.

Dusty
08-17-2012, 11:52 AM
An old colleague of mine used to swear by cloudy ammonia, I was never game enough to try it.

SameGuy
08-17-2012, 12:14 PM
OxiClean is sodium percarbonate, a relatively "green" oxidizing (bleaching) agent. I tend to use a bit more than the instructions recommend, but it works really well for most organic stains. It's also fantastic for cleaning stainless steel items that are stained or clogged with organic oils -- think espresso gear and food robots.

Miles
08-17-2012, 01:21 PM
+1 on the OxyClean. I have a five gallon bucket in my laundry room where my coats get soaked if they have anything nasty on them. With the sole exception of one peculiar stain on the arm of one coat, it's removed stains from everything I've thrown in there.

Eamon Burke
08-17-2012, 02:28 PM
+1 on oxyclean. Lots of it in the soak water, give it a day(don't forget to poke it, as it builds up bubbles and exposes some of the fabric out of the water, and strange stains remain). Then dump the bucket, with the soak water into the machine, with some more oxyclean. Mine came out stark white.

cnochef
08-17-2012, 02:30 PM
+1 on Oxyclean, great stuff!

EdipisReks
08-17-2012, 02:44 PM
Chlorine trifluoride is the oxidizer of choice for really stuck on stains, i believe.

SameGuy
08-17-2012, 03:57 PM
I thought it was Ammonium perchlorate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOPP4ZBgnoA&hd=1)...?




;)

EdipisReks
08-17-2012, 04:48 PM
I thought it was Ammonium perchlorate (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOPP4ZBgnoA&hd=1)...?




;)

Chlorine triflouride will make sand, water and asbestos burn. :)

SpikeC
08-17-2012, 05:12 PM
Butt will it prevent tooth decay?

EdipisReks
08-17-2012, 09:44 PM
Butt will it prevent tooth decay?

mineral ash typically doesn't rot, so i'd say yes.

Chef Niloc
08-18-2012, 01:33 AM
Chloroform is a good solvent will get out most stains I like to use it on my white handkerchief's (;

SpikeC
08-18-2012, 06:06 PM
At first I thought he said his wife's handkerchiefs! Kinky??

Adamm
08-22-2012, 11:01 AM
I soak mine in HOT water, oxy clean, and dawn dish soap as a degreaser and a little bleach. Iv also used the heavy duty cleaning stuff like used in restaurant for really bad stains. I always run my coats twice to get any extra soap off a second time with bleach and regular laundry detergent. Works for me. Iv also sprayed coats with tilex mold and mildew which is just bleach.

ajhuff
08-22-2012, 11:13 AM
I did a little research. I think the Drano idea would work, just not sure about in the washer. Historically it appears that the use of lye was done as a soaking treatment called bucking. I have used Oxyclean to decent results. I can't tell if it does any better than bleach. I will try using a full scoopful rather than just to the bottom as directed. Using ammonia sounds promising. I will look into that also.

-AJ

JohnnyChance
08-22-2012, 03:14 PM
Have you tried "laundry break", sometimes used in conjunction with a more normal laundry detergent and a whitener?

knyfeknerd
08-22-2012, 03:28 PM
The problem with bleach is that it yellows and eats away at the fabric, making the buttons fall off and eats holes in the sleeves.
I use HOT H2O in the washer on small load setting. Add 3-4 scoops of oxyclean, add laundry. Let agitate to mix in well with clothes. Then let sit in washer, agitating periodically over a period of 4-12 hours.
Then add regular laundry detergent, more H2O by bumping up load size and complete wash. I.ve been doing this for at least 10 years. My jackets last years and are way brighter than most, save for the ones professionally done.

ajhuff
08-22-2012, 05:17 PM
4-12 hours in the washer! Good lord you don't have a wife and kids do you. LOL!!!

It does sound like I need more oxyclean.

-AJ

knyfeknerd
08-22-2012, 06:04 PM
4-12 hours in the washer! Good lord you don't have a wife and kids do you. LOL!!!

It does sound like I need more oxyclean.

-AJ
Oh well a wife and 2 young kids......however I am the laundry master, so the washer is my domain.

ajhuff
08-22-2012, 06:50 PM
Haha! Fair enough!

-AJ

Tatsuya
08-26-2012, 06:57 PM
I have a couple black 4-ways that are getting a little stiff from fryer oil (I make a lot of tempura). Will the oxyclean work well on this?

knyfeknerd
08-26-2012, 07:20 PM
I have a couple black 4-ways that are getting a little stiff from fryer oil (I make a lot of tempura). Will the oxyclean work well on this?

Absolutely, oxyclean rules!!! And no I don't get any kickbacks from the Billy Mays estate.

pitonboy
08-26-2012, 07:22 PM
Absolutely, oxyclean rules!!! And no I don't get any kickbacks from the Billy Mays estate.

+1 every time I spill some c*** on meself

Tatsuya
08-27-2012, 05:13 AM
Oh you don't need oxyclean for that, just wipe that up.




With your nose.

Justin0505
08-27-2012, 05:27 AM
I've also used degreaser with good results. I've heard someone swear by purple power, but that stuff is really harsh. I've used simple green with good results.