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    Washing machine or laundromat?

    Does a wife also use this washer at home? If so, laundromat for sure

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    OT: Washing machine or laundromat?

    So what do you use to wash your greasy/dirty shop rags, your washing machine at home or a laundromat?

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    How greasy are you talking about?

    A little light oil or wiping some minor grease off my hands and stuff like that I wash the rags in my home washer. I always wash a load of my work pants after I wash any shop rags just to make sure nothing would get on better clothes.

    Heaver grease like gear oil or grease from wiping out a hub or something I usually use paper towels or rags that I can throw away.

    On the few occasions that I did wash rags that had heavier oil or grease on them I filled a 5 gallon bucket with hot water and put some laundry soap in it then put the rags in there to soak for 15 or 20 minutes and stirred them around with a stick a few times. It works pretty well and I really doubt it would have been any problem to wash them in the machine if I wanted them cleaner. Honestly though, it is kind of a pain and doesn't make a lot of since to mess with this. I always have old T shirts that need retired and the thrift store always has some that they are almost giving away.
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    Well, if you're worried about residue in the machine it's pretty weak sauce to take them to a laundromat.
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    I have way too many T-shirts. I tear one up and use that for rags until they get too nasty. Then I throw them out and tear up another T-shirt that I've had too long.

    Sooner or later, I may run out of worn out cotton T-shirts. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. Probably just buy a bag of 100 rags from an auto parts store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    I have way too many T-shirts. I tear one up and use that for rags until they get too nasty. Then I throw them out and tear up another T-shirt that I've had too long.

    Sooner or later, I may run out of worn out cotton T-shirts. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. Probably just buy a bag of 100 rags from an auto parts store.
    So this is basically what I do too, but I've always wondered what I'd do when I might potentially run out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vwvapor View Post
    So this is basically what I do too, but I've always wondered what I'd do when I might potentially run out.

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    You'll never run out. It's the first fundamental rule of being a home mechanic: you will never run out of shop rags, but you will always lose that tiny fastener or bearing at a time when it is least convenient to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    ..Sooner or later, I may run out of worn out cotton T-shirts. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.
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    I throw them in my home washer if they arn't to bad, if not trash. I also wipe down the washer drum with a paper towel and simple green when i'm finished.

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    I throw them away

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    This thread shows as started by vwvapor, but the first post I see is by pitanan. I've noticed this on a couple threads. WTF is going on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vwvapor View Post
    So what do you use to wash your greasy/dirty shop rags, your washing machine at home or a laundromat?

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    Throw the fokkers away! You can score old rags at the Home Depot, or simply hack up your unwanted clothing. Washing them is the epitome of frugality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaynestown View Post
    This thread shows as started by vwvapor, but the first post I see is by pitanan. I've noticed this on a couple threads. WTF is going on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CarolinaLL6 View Post
    It was the Hadron collider in Lucerne. Caused a small tear in the space-time continuum, but it's all fixed now...
    Yep, happens all the time.

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    Lies. Our largest particle accelerator doesn't produce near enough energy to warp or fold space. You would need energies billions of times greater just to warp space at the subatomic level.
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    You can get 50 shop rags for 13 dollars are Harbor Freight.



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    I just take my bike apart and put it in the biggest machine they have, with plenty of Tide. Dry on medium.

    No rags needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    I just take my bike apart and put it in the biggest machine they have, with plenty of Tide. Dry on medium.

    No rags needed.
    That's too much work. What about riding through a drive through carwash?

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    I think my Immigrant workers wash them by hand in a bucket out back, I dont really know, IM to busy getting massages and eating grapes from the others.

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    OP, if (or at my age, 'when') you accidentally shart in your unders, do you launder them at home, at the 'mat, or do you throw them away? I always go with option number 3

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    Quote Originally Posted by wbmason55 View Post
    OP, if (or at my age, 'when') you accidentally shart in your unders, do you launder them at home, at the 'mat, or do you throw them away? I always go with option number 3
    I just jump in the pool and let the jets do their thing.

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    Washing machine/dryer at home for clothing. All the laundromats are used by the poor people nearby, so our clothes will end up smelling like fabric softener/dryer sheets (which contain petroleum-derived chemicals which are skin irritants as well as being possibly carcinogenic) if we launder our clothes there. Dunno how the poor can justify wasting money on fabric softeners/dryer sheets…*guess it’s the same way homeless can justify spending begged money on a pack of cigarettes.

    As for rags, I use biodegradable grease/lubes for my bikes, and biodegradable cleaners, so that all washes into the ground quite nicely without any guilt looming about.
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    Soak the rags in a bucket with detergent for a day or two, rinse, then put them in the home washer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Washing machine/dryer at home for clothing. All the laundromats are used by the poor people nearby, so our clothes will end up smelling like fabric softener/dryer sheets (which contain petroleum-derived chemicals which are skin irritants as well as being possibly carcinogenic) if we launder our clothes there. Dunno how the poor can justify wasting money on fabric softeners/dryer sheets…*guess it’s the same way homeless can justify spending begged money on a pack of cigarettes.

    As for rags, I use biodegradable grease/lubes for my bikes, and biodegradable cleaners, so that all washes into the ground quite nicely without any guilt looming about.
    Most of us will meet our demise in the form of over production of cells. Live life and enjoy, and smell good to your dying day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankout View Post
    Most of us will meet our demise in the form of over production of cells. Live life and enjoy, and smell good to your dying day.
    You think that chemical scent smells good? It’s as obnoxious as cigarette smoke or perhaps leaf blower exhaust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    You think that chemical scent smells good? It’s as obnoxious as cigarette smoke or perhaps leaf blower exhaust.
    While I agree'd somewhat with your first statement now your just acting plain loony, I feel sorry for people like who who live in a state of perpetual fear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blurr View Post
    While I agree'd somewhat with your first statement now your just acting plain loony, I feel sorry for people like who who live in a state of perpetual fear.

    Speak for yourself, I live in perpetual fear of cancerous death by fabric softener

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    Where do yall get one of them Tapatalk things? I feel so un-cool not having one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary H View Post
    Where do yall get one of them Tapatalk things? I feel so un-cool not having one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    You think that chemical scent smells good? It’s as obnoxious as cigarette smoke or perhaps leaf blower exhaust.
    I imagine that all of the products I use to enhance and/or improve my odor may not be safe for ingestion, but I'm not convinced that they will create tumors or cause my cells to go batsh*t.

    Your comparison is unwarranted.

    I prefer Calvin Klein to patchouli oil any day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary H View Post
    Where do yall get one of them Tapatalk things? I feel so un-cool not having one.
    funny, I'm with you Gary, like who gives a $hit. Probably an automatic thing from the phone as a product add.Yet another reason to have one

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