OK, you and Nan have put my mind at ease about this, and it's something i've
wondered about for a long time, but never asked about it. I just have one
more question and then I'm going to bed, but what's wrong with washing
clothes that have some gas on them? Of course, i understand that gas is
flammable, but wouldn't the water in the machine dillute the gas, and what
is the risk of combustion; is it that the washing machine is an electrical
device and could short out causing an explosion? Maybe it's a naive
question but I had never considered this before.
Gasoline will vaporize and there is a chance of explosion. In addition,
since all the gasoline may not be removed, there is a chance that fire and
explosion could occur if the contaminated clothes are put in a dryer. I
would also be afraid that traces of gasoline would remain in plumbing traps.
Every washer and dryer that I have ever owned included safety instructions
warning against laundering gasoline soaked fabrics.
Right. Fwiw, my washer says not to launder anything 'dampened' by
gas. I take that to mean more than just a few splatters.
I wouldn't have a problem washing clothing that had gotten a few
splatters, after I'd used detergent and rinsed the area well by hand,
I usually do a "dirty" wash every 6 weeks or so. This load might
consist of shower curtain liner, car towels, shop rags, garden/work
gloves, dusting cloths, etc. I'll add a little more soap, perhaps
some TSP, plus a booster and use hot water. If the water is black
with dirt, I'll run it though a second time. If anything is caked
with mud or has sand in it, I'll take these items in the backyard and
brush and/or beat them first or they may be vacuumed prior to being
laundered. Like some items dusting cloths and shop rags seem to get
better with age. A rag that contains flammable solvents or finishes
will be discarded. Look for harmful bacteria on pot holders, oven
mitts, kitchen sink & towels, and moist sponges.
I soak any really dirty cloths in a concentrated solution of laundry detergent
and ammonia for a half hour before washing. They don't come out spotless, but
are clean enough for wiping the walls, car, hands, etc. again.
I think ammonia doesn't burn the cloth as much as bleach.
Of course any real heavy accumulation of grease on a cloth takes lots of
detergent, ammonia, and time to remove, those I trash.
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