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Thread: A lesson to be learned

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    Earlier this week I washed two bags and two tote bags that I had made over a year ago. Just wanted to freshen them up. After taking out the bottoms and emptying them checking for pens, coins, etc shaking them to be sure I didn't miss anything, in they went.
    Washed in front loader on hand wash cold water for 4 mins. decided to throw them in dryer for 5 mins. to draw out the excess water. Was in kitchen about 10ft from laundry room. After about 3 mins. I heard a click, click, click sound. Went running in to see what was in dryer , pulled one bag and it had INK spots on it ranging from 1/8" to 2 1/2" diameter , pulled out the other 3 and same thing. I was sick............

    My gut instict was to just through them away. But I decided I would hang them to dry until DH got home so I could show him.
    Well he was just as upset as I was. He immediately went to barn and brought in a huge bucket put 3-4 gallons of water and several scoops of oxy clean in it and proceeded putting the bags in the bucket and started stirring. I explained that thou I appreciate the effort, it was a waste of time these spots were too big. Well we soaked those bags for 2 1/2 days stirring everytime either one of us passed the bucket. He through them in the washer and hoped for the best. Well they came out with some what lighter spots but they were still VERY noticable. We hung them up to dry and figured I would be throughing them out later this week, when I got the courage.

    Yesterday, I went to get the bags and looked them over and will wonders never cease....... as the bags had dried the spots grew even fainter, you can't see them unless you know where they are. I plan on using them for everyday. My DH is my Knight in Oxyclean Armour

    Just be sure to be extra careful when wahing your bags.

    Happy sewing

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    I am so glad they are usable again. Thanks for the tip on the oxyclean.

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    At first I thought this was going to be another April Fools :hunf: :mrgreen:

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    Yeah - persistence pays off.
    You should send this testimonial to the product company - it would make a great commercial. Who knows, maybe they'll send you a coupon or 2.

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    YaY Oxyclean! Can't do without it!

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    I know it's been mentioned here before, but Dollar General carries a cleaner called Awesome that also works miracles. It got red sharpie out of my beige carpet! Used full-strength, it takes out ink. :-D :-D

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    Glad you were able to save them!

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    Axyclen armour--that is too funny. I am glad they came out that well and I will make a mental note of what you did. My husband leaves pens in his shirts all the time

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    Mom always washed her clothes with bakingsoda, she did this up until she passed away in 1993. and i still use it...good stuff

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    So glad you and your husband were able to save the bags. I know you spend alot of time and $ on them. I will be adding the product to my laundry shelf. DH gets stains on his clothes all the time, and my little bottle of grandma's stain remover is just about empty.

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    Just curious... did you hang them outside to dry? The sunlight will get rid of stains. So maybe that helped???

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    No hung them in the laundray room. It's been too cold here to hang out.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel
    Just curious... did you hang them outside to dry? The sunlight will get rid of stains. So maybe that helped???

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    wow, that is great, thanks for sharing your story with us and glad it worked out

    tell your hubby he did a great job!

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    I love Oxyclean! So happy that your bags came clean. When I have a stain I make a paste of Oxy & Shout & let it sit for a few hours. I usually have really good results.

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    I'm so glad that the spots got lighter. I hate when that happens. I've had that happen with pens and chapstick. I'm always careful to check pockets, but sometimes a pen just sneaks in.

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    Just make sure you throw some old towels into your dryer for a run through before putting in anything good again.There could be leftover ink on the tub. Ask me how I know!!

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    I was upset and mad but yes I did exactly that. Then wiped out the dryer well. It is terrible. I know I REALLY checked those bags good, I just don't know how I missed that pen....

    Take care

    Quote Originally Posted by clem55
    Just make sure you throw some old towels into your dryer for a run through before putting in anything good again.There could be leftover ink on the tub. Ask me how I know!!

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    I LOVE Oxyclean!!!! I made my sister a light pink/light green pinwheel tablerunner. My iron spewed orange rusty water all over the pink. I was sick. Decided not to give it to her. Made a paste of the oxy and it got EVERY bit out.
    It is amazing stuff!!! Glad it worked for you :thumbup:

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    Hair spray will get ink out. Spray it till you see it spread. Don't worry, wash it. If some remain, spray it again. I leave pens in pockets all the time. Works like a charm. I even get laundry pen marks off walls with it. Also, alcohol works wonders too on some things.

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    What a great man you have!

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    Oxy clean works well. did you also clean your dryer??? ah, i see that you did. great.
    some kids put crayola's in a dryer yrs ago and all my wash was a mess. I didn't have Oxy clean then.

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    Hair spray works on ink too. Just make sure the stained item hasn't been dried in the dryer.

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    Hair spray does wonders on ball point pen ink. Try it next time - though you probably won't have a 'next' time!

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    Great ending to your lesson. Love your line that your DH is your Knight in Oxyclean Armour, too cute!!!

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    I have never had any luck with oxyclean.

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