Are some things just too dirty to wash? I'm talking basically about rags
that I use for scrubbing the sink drain, toilet bowl, and other rather dirty
areas. Can these be washed and re-used, or are they rendered too dirty by
use to even consider placing them into the washing machine for re-use? I
know rags are cheap and I don't mind buying new ones, but I consider myself
environmentally consicious, and if I can re-use them rather than toss them
away, I'd prefer to do that. I'm just worried that the next time I use my
washing machine for my clothes, that it would have baceteria or something
inside of it from washing the dirty things in it.
I wash cleaning rags all the time. If you're concerned, you can add
some Lysol to your load (or bleach if it won't harm the rags). You
should always check the inside of your washer before putting nicer
clothing in, if you've washed something questionable.
Thanks for the reply. That's the answer I was hoping to hear. I wasn't
sure though, because I've never heard of anybody washing, for example, cloth
diapers in their home washing machine. I assumed this was for hygienic
reasons. Maybe I'm wrong.
I have a bottle of bleach, so I don't mind using that to disinfect the load.
How much should I use, and how would the bleach harm the rags, aside from
Are there any things that should not be put in the washer? I'm not talking
about having anything unusual around the house, just everyday household
things that would not be wise to put into the machine for contaminating it?
Strange... when I used cloth diapers I washed them in my washer all
That's pretty much the extent of damage, other than weakening the
fibers and causing holes after a while. But then, if they're *rags*
that wouldn't matter :-)
I'd use no more than a cup of bleach for a full load, as well as wash
in hot water.
Not anything I can think of, other than anything that's gotten
gasoline on it. That can be combustible.
Pardon me, Nan. That's just my lack of knowledge about cloth diapers
showing through. I was under the impression that cloth diapers were usually
provided as a service by a diaper cleaning company that would pick up and
drop them off. I guess I just assumed that it was because people couldn't
wash them at home. Why the heck don't more people use cloth diapers then?
Wouldn't it be much cheaper than buying disposables, and way better for the
environment than dumping tons of disposables into the trash every day?
Yeah, there are diaper services for people that don't want to wash
their own, or don't have the facilities. Someone that lives in an
apartment complex may not be allowed to use the common washing
machines for diapers, or hauling them back and forth can be a hassle.
Not to get into a "what's better for the environment" debate, but
comparisons of disposables and using energy/water/resources to wash
cloth diapers are in closer running neck and neck than a lot of people
realize. Besides, disposables are just way more convenient for a lot
In alt.home.cleaning on Tue, 19 Apr 2005 05:08:06 +0900 "Cacique"
No, they don't want to, because it's too much effort. They'd rather
spend money to have someone else do it.
Even if the costs are close, and I'm sure Nan is right, most people
wouldn't care if it was as you say instead. They spend loads of extra
money on lots of things, then complain about the high cost of living.
They'll not pay their Visa bill sooner than disconnect their TV Cable.
My mother washed my diapers in the machine. In fact that may have
been the driving force for buying a washing machine, which were not so
After I stopped using them, she used my diapers as dish towels, for
drying the dishes. I had enough that she didn't wear out the last one
until I was about 45 years old.
For the same reason it is so combustible, gasoline evaporates very
fast. Even if soaking wet, I think stretched out, clothes would be
dry in a half-hour. Maybe you know something more, though.
If emailing, please let me know whether
or not you are posting the same letter.
Change domain to erols.com, if necessary.
I DO believe in the power of clean. IdoIdoIdo.
There's just something about touching the rag that held your baby shit to
the plate that holds your food, grosses me out. That's just me. I'm
slightly OCD. Wash my hands a lot and all......
My mom used old cloth diapers for dust rags. They work good cause they
don't leave lots of lint. We used to do our windows with em too.
Anyway, it's better to let your dishes air dry.
Not just you Peggo. How many of us would use worn out knickers, regardless
of how well soaked and scrubbed to wash our faces with or as a dishcloth/tea
towel. It is not the done thing, not in any house I know.
If you only knew how much and the kind of bacteria on your computer
mouse! I too use diapers to dust fine furniture, although I'm more
concerned about washing out the chemical in "EndDust" rather than the
long time ago when the diaper was soiled.
That's all very well Phish dear but it's mostly the thought and I always
think it's a different sort of "dirt" that one finds about the house and on
the hands though I have to agree with Choreboy's point.
Talking about the germs on a computer mouse, I don't use one but I'd be
interested in finding out how a touchpad or a stylus fare.
That would be before my time dear. I did look into some of his posts and I
couldn't see any likeness between mine and his except the obvious English
manner of speech. I thought him to be rather a pompous sort of person but
one never knows, in RL he may be totally different.
Perhaps he'll return one day and entertain you, it is very obvious to me
that he's sorely missed by some and was very special to the group and
especially to you Peggo.
The only things you probably shouldn't wash in your washer are items that
are caked with grease - the kind of grease that you might find on heavy
machinery. That sort of grease probably would simply coat the machine and
ruin subsequent loads. In other words, if something is covered with soil
that isn't easily water soluble with some added detergent, then you
shouldn't wash it. Another class of soiled items that probably shouldn't be
washed would be items that are saturated with highly flammable liquids like
gasoline. That is just a common sense, safety precaution.
People seem to have the idea that bacteria are very hard to kill. In fact,
most bacteria are easily killed with hot water and soap. Adding a little
bleach also helps. Hot water and detergent will kill most pathogens like
tuberculosis, HIV, staph, strep, herpes,and most viruses that cause colds
and other communicable diseases Normal washing and drying will also kill
fungus. The only class of pathogens that aren't likely to be killed in a
washer are spore-forming pathogens like hepatitis B.
Feel free to wash rags and diapers in your washer. If washing machines were
a vector for disease, then there would be mass epidemics. How careful do
you think people are at coin laundries?
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