Anyone have any ideas about how to get dirty grease sludge out of laundry once and for all?
The history: some pool toys got caught in the pool skimmer, which was ringed with a black slimy residue (which was probably a mixture of dirt/sunscreen/body oils, etc) and these toys were wiped clean with an old towel. My wife should have thrown the old towel out, but instead she put it in the laundry (by accident). In the washing machine, the black sludge ended up transferring to other towels, and we can’t get the spots out. Also, other loads of laundry were done and black sludge spots have appeared on shirts, socks, etc.
If you attack the black spots while the clothing is still wet, using Goo Gone and OxyClean you can make it look like a light gray spot but you cannot get it out completely. If the laundry has dried, it will not come out . . . but it will transfer to other items if washed again.
Either that, or there was more sludge still in the washing machine we thought. So, I took the machine apart (the agitator in the drum) and cleaned everything I could see, finding some sludge inside. We washed another load of towels (these without any previous spots) and got yet more when they came out. For the record, we’ve had the same thing happen with hot, warm or cold water in the washing machine, and the spots definitly appear out of the washer and not the dryer.
Linen pants, white shirts, favorite items are NOT being washed currently. I almost had to wear flannel boxers today since everything else is either spotted or dirty.
So, does anyone have any ideas about other cleaning products, laundry deteregents, etc. we can use to breakdown and clean out these oily sludge spots for good (both in the existing clothing and in the washing machine)? What do mechanics or farmers use? What does Greenpeace use on those birds after oil tanker spills?