seawater

Oct. 8th, 2013 11:37 am
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Is there some special way to wash seawater out of cloth? I know the ocean washes things clean metaphorically, but it makes them dirty and smelly and itchy in the mundane sense. I didn't think it would be a big deal, but my current washing machine is not impressively competent. I have detergent that's good at getting the smell of secondhand smoke out of my clothes, but it's not working for this. It's fine for the clothes I just wore at the beach, but the shirts I actually wore in the water still smell of the sea after 2 washes and there was even a tiny bit of odor transfer to other stuff that was in the washing machine. I had a good time at the beach, and the reminder was nice for a while, but it's getting to be annoying.

I know there's something you can add to the wash-water to get chlorine smell out of swimsuits. Is there something like that for seawater?

Date: 2013-10-08 05:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rinue
The usual standards are:

soak in hot or boiling water
put out in the sun (not that it's been an option much this week)
add baking soda
add white vinegar

My go-to first step tends to be putting the offending item in a plugged sink, boiling a kettle of water, pouring it over, adding a tablespoon of white vinegar, and letting it soak for an hour or so, and then rinsing with cold water and laundering normally.

Date: 2013-10-08 05:05 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rinue
(I'm working on the assumption that the smell is not the salt water, which you have almost certainly gotten out, but some kind of microorganism that got caught in the clothes - some variation of mold/mildew/seaweed/spores/teenyfish - which boiling water or vinegar should really take care of but normal washing wouldn't necessarily.)

Date: 2013-10-08 10:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] amaebi
So far as I know, just repeated rinsings.

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