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jwhite
10-25-2009, 08:27 PM
I have something of a problem my oldest child is 11 and starting to get BO. They have deodorant, and and bathe regularly. But after sport and sometimes due to forgetfulness with regard to deodorant there is a stink that does not wash out:eek:. We use Tide detergent and Downy fabric softener and don't skimp. Has anyone else with kids had this problem and how is it solved.

rickboone1
10-25-2009, 08:45 PM
I'd start with getting rid of Tide and Downy. They're harmful to our environment and are known to cause allergens. Downy, or fabric softener, breaks down material causing it to not last as long as it should. It also decreases the absorbency of towels.

You can try pre-soaking the stinky clothing in a bucket of water w/ vinegar in it. 1/4 C to gallon of water.

Add baking soda to your wash.

Use Borax.

I can handle Tide, but Downy, or all fabric softeners, well, it just ruins clothes.

These scented things we use in our homes is cause for asthma and alzheimers' too.

DSB
10-25-2009, 08:49 PM
A little bleach in the whites load will work wonders. You may want to try a presoak with the colors, since you obviously can't use bleach on them.

jwhite
10-25-2009, 08:50 PM
I had wondered about vinegar but was worried the acidity would bleach or cause the colors to run.

Jim
10-25-2009, 08:57 PM
I am guessing that these items are synthetic? little league uniforms and etc?
The fibers of many of these items are very wick-able and grab odors easily.
Washing in Hottest water as possible with a prewash including baking soda, long soak cycle and extra rinses. Hanging outside to dry in the sun is another. Some of the commercial orange based cleaners will work as a pre wash.

Kouros
10-25-2009, 09:09 PM
I have something of a problem my oldest child is 11 and starting to get BO.

Ditch the deodorant and switch to antiperspirant. I had the same issue and that solved it.

airplanedoc
10-25-2009, 09:42 PM
change in diet can help too

Minxy
10-25-2009, 10:53 PM
I can not seam to get our white towels very clean, they just look dingy. Sometimes I can't even tell if they have been cleaned or not. I've tried using shout, and I put in a full cup of detergent with bleach in with a load, but they still look dingy, it helps a little, but still does not completely work. Does any one have any suggestions?

jwhite
10-25-2009, 11:09 PM
Diet is not a problem, mostly fresh fruits and vegetables(uncooked), Pasta with fresh herbs and EVOO or walnut oil and a bit of aged cheese, Occasionally(about 3x a week) chicken or fish. I should be so healthy in my diet.

airplanedoc
10-25-2009, 11:11 PM
I should be so healthy in my diet.


me too

rickboone1
10-25-2009, 11:14 PM
I had wondered about vinegar but was worried the acidity would bleach or cause the colors to run.

+1 on hot water.

No, you'll use a bucket and maybe a 1/4 Cup of vinegar. Hardly enough to do anything. I'm pretty sure vinegar doesn't "bleach" out clothes anyway, so using full strength wouldn't discolor. I may be wrong. Never tried it.

Baking soda or borax and an extra rinse cycle will be your biggest helps. Even just presoaking.

Introduce the kids to the wonderful world of fragrances. EDT's. Wonderful frags, not axe. :)

WhosYerBob
10-26-2009, 02:58 AM
Bleach is amazing stuff. So is sunlight, if the wash is hung outside to dry.

SiBurning
10-26-2009, 04:02 AM
Just don't use bleach and vinegar in the same load. They don't get along very well. Toxic vapors.

I've found this useful: http://www.findhomeanswers.com/cleaning-laundry/index_8.html

jhclare
10-26-2009, 04:09 AM
I'd start with getting rid of Tide and Downy. They're harmful to our environment and are known to cause allergens. Downy, or fabric softener, breaks down material causing it to not last as long as it should. It also decreases the absorbency of towels.

You can try pre-soaking the stinky clothing in a bucket of water w/ vinegar in it. 1/4 C to gallon of water.

Add baking soda to your wash.

Use Borax.

I can handle Tide, but Downy, or all fabric softeners, well, it just ruins clothes.

These scented things we use in our homes is cause for asthma and alzheimers' too.

Interesting! So you're saying we don't need fabric softener? We line dry clothes and they're a bit "crispy" when dry, so we need something other than just detergent in our wash. You mention Baking Soda, is that supposed to go in the softener compartment?

Greybeard
10-26-2009, 04:50 AM
One cup of vinegar works as a fabric softener. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the vinegar if you want.

You can also mix two parts baking soda plus two parts vinegar plus four parts water. Mix it in a large container because it will fizz when mixed.

Another recipe is one cup glycerin to one gallon of water (never tried this one myself).

Another softener is one part of any cheap hair conditioner to three parts water.

Baking soda and vinegar will also work in the wash for stains and smells. You can also use hydrogen peroxide as a bleach.


- Peter

bigred90gt
10-26-2009, 07:25 AM
Downy, or fabric softener, breaks down material causing it to not last as long as it should. It also decreases the absorbency of towels.

I'll have to argue against this. I have used fabric softener (I prefer Swavatel, my wife likes Downy) in just about every load of clothes I have washed for the last 10 years or so, and I have some clothes that I have been wearing for 5+ years that still look like they did the day I bought them. I've also never had a problem with towels not being absorbent.

Tolduonce
10-26-2009, 08:28 AM
Here's what I've done in the past for odiforous clothes. I use the enzyme pet odor remover (I have a cat). I put the offending clothes in a clear trash bag (haven't tried it with black plastic bags). Put in a splash (1/2 cup or so) of the enzyme cat pee neutralizer and tie the bag shut. This is important because you don't want any evaporation. Let the bag sit in the laundry room overnight. Put the damp clothes into the washer and wash as usual. Presto, odor gone and so far no damage to fabrics although I wouldn't try it on wool or silk. Another benefit to this is that it removes stains from, ahem, t-shirt pits and, double ahem, soiled underwear.

Bluemidknight
10-26-2009, 08:45 AM
umm.. laundry.. I do that stuff alot..

I use cold water wash, Simplicity (hypo-allergic), Downey (I have a theory that softener increases the lifespan on socks), Clorox Bleach (The thick kind)

Separate color loads from whites.. Separate load for work clothing like coveralls, jeans. I deal with alot of Nomex so cold water wash.


I work in the harbor, sewer, waste management, sulfur units... So yeah my clothing starts to smell pretty bad.. and use a laundry mat..
Has personal hygiene stuff.. I use clinical protection Degree because its hypo allergic. :closedeye

Chevyguy
10-26-2009, 08:48 AM
I can not seam to get our white towels very clean, they just look dingy. Sometimes I can't even tell if they have been cleaned or not. I've tried using shout, and I put in a full cup of detergent with bleach in with a load, but they still look dingy, it helps a little, but still does not completely work. Does any one have any suggestions?

Try oxyclean. Work's great on whites and colors.

Clayton

RichGem
10-26-2009, 08:56 AM
I can not seam to get our white towels very clean, they just look dingy. Sometimes I can't even tell if they have been cleaned or not. I've tried using shout, and I put in a full cup of detergent with bleach in with a load, but they still look dingy, it helps a little, but still does not completely work. Does any one have any suggestions?

Timing on the bleach can be important. It needs to go in at a particular point in the wash cycle, tho most machines now take care of that automatically if they have a dispenser. Check the label, maybe your timing is off. Also, if the towels are (part) synthetic, they won't bleach well. Time for new towels in that case.

D.Irving79
10-26-2009, 12:22 PM
does no one use blueing on their whites anymore?

Minxy
10-26-2009, 02:54 PM
does no one use blueing on their whites anymore?

what is blueing?

Tuxedo7
10-26-2009, 03:05 PM
For whites, consider both bleach and something like OxiClean. I believe I read somewhere that one attacks organic stains better, while the other treats inorganic stains better. When I use both, I get much better whitening results, and also don't get the bleach "yellowing". I play lots of soccer, and my socks get very dirty ... but the combination keeps my socks almost newly white. If your whites aren't heavily soiled, steer away from heavy bleach/OxiClean as they both tend to deteriorate the material ... only use it on soiled/stained clothes.

Also, I've heard that putting some Fabreeze in the wash will help with odors, but one thing I've noticed even with Fabreeze is that clothes that have been heavily perspired in, will even when washed, begin smelling immediately upon wearing them in a sporting event. What I've found (for non-whites ... as bleach kills any bacteria on whites) is that heating the water up as high as it will go does the trick ... I have a "sanitary" setting on my washer, and never have the residual odor issue any more.

Greybeard
10-26-2009, 03:07 PM
what is blueing?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laundry_bluing


- Peter

kvanhorn
10-26-2009, 03:16 PM
Ditch the deodorant and switch to antiperspirant.

In a LOT of the world they use the venerable alum blocks we use for shaving as an antiperspirant. Cheap, NO other added chemicals than the plain old aluminum potassium double salt. It can be found under the brand name "Thai Crystal". Cheap too.

I've used it and it works great although for hardcore sweating where you don't want to smell (working in an overheated trauma-bay, wearing a lead apron and PPE while stressed trying to save a mangled motorcyclist, but also surrounded by cute young nurses) :wink: nothing beats Mitchum.

airplanedoc
10-26-2009, 03:23 PM
what is blueing?

Not to be confused with prussian blue

D.Irving79
10-26-2009, 04:19 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laundry_bluing


- Peter

it only adds blue color if you do it wrong :smile:


makes them whites blinding white.

airplanedoc
10-26-2009, 05:15 PM
I always wondered how Arab men kept their white clothes so brilliantly white, while living in a seemingly dusty dirty location.

Abdiel
10-26-2009, 05:37 PM
Ditch the deodorant, get some alum blocks for the kiddos. Thai Crystal is one of the common brand names and makes a wonderful deodorant. Where deodorant basically covers smell and AP stops sweating alum stops the smell from starting.

For the cloths, try a pre soak.

Alacrity59
10-26-2009, 06:30 PM
what is blueing?

Find a blue haired older lady and ask her.

Minxy
10-27-2009, 04:22 PM
Find a blue haired older lady and ask her.

:lol: :lol: :lol:http://www.frontiernet.net/~joe14580/old%20lady%20with%20naughty%20ooooooh%20look.jpg

airplanedoc
10-27-2009, 04:48 PM
http://showclix.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/dameedna.jpg

Minxy
10-27-2009, 07:38 PM
http://showclix.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/dameedna.jpg

Hey you, :ohmy: i looked forever and could not find a picture of a old lady with blue hair. Is it the same lady?

Minxy
10-27-2009, 07:46 PM
[QUOTE=D.Irving79;1569409]it only adds blue color if you do it wrong :smile:

So how do I perfect using the bluing in with my white towels?:idea:

gaseousclay
10-27-2009, 08:34 PM
I have something of a problem my oldest child is 11 and starting to get BO. They have deodorant, and and bathe regularly. But after sport and sometimes due to forgetfulness with regard to deodorant there is a stink that does not wash out:eek:. We use Tide detergent and Downy fabric softener and don't skimp. Has anyone else with kids had this problem and how is it solved.

i'd say call an exorcist :biggrin:

airplanedoc
10-27-2009, 09:18 PM
Hey you, i looked forever and could not find a picture of a old lady with blue hair. Is it the same lady?

I think its the same person, but it ain't a lady:ohmy:

Amazing what you can find on "the google"

jwhite
10-27-2009, 10:28 PM
Thanks for all the replies. The wife tells me it is an antiperspirant/deodorant. So that's been done but getting the kid to remember and use it every day is another matter. We're going to try the vinegar and baking soda added in the softener dispenser to start and if that fails try to pretreat with the pet enzyme odor remover.

Minxy
10-28-2009, 08:08 AM
I think its the same person, but it ain't a lady:ohmy:

Amazing what you can find on "the google"

:lol1: I thought it was just an ugly old lady. Google is so great. :yikes: