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Old 05-12-2003, 07:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Laundry detergent for mechanics??

I just got a job at a John Deere dealership refurbishing cotton pickers (very dirty job). I was wondering what kind of detergent works the best for getting out oil and grease. TIA
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i would ask about uniforms from the company. i use tide powder and i only wash my dirty work clothes with other dirty work clothes and wash in hoot water and run it twice. almost forgot to add try using simple green or ultimate orange i only use this stuff on really nasty stuff which you probaly get into daily

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I can't get company uniforms because I only work part time. Does anyone know what industrial cleaners use for detergent? I asked the guy who picks up the uni's, but he only picks them up then sends them somewhere, so he doesn't know.
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Tide. Powder works, but the liquid stuff seems to work the best.

If you have grease to get out, get some Fast Orange hand cleaner, without the pumice, and rub some of that in as soon as you take your clothes off for the night. Then make sure you wash them within the week.
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I found that when I spray 409 on areas with fresh grime prior to tossing them into the wash they come out looking pretty damn good.

I started doing this cause I always used to ended up getting grease on my nice clothes.

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The company I work for makes and sells industry laundry detergent. I looked over the formulas and compared them the household variety. There loaded with alkaline builders and wetting agents. The added alkalinity will raise the PH and help dissolve the grease/oil. Hydrocarbons become water soluble in high PH solutions. The wetting agents help break up the soil. I would go get some good old fashion TSP, and add a cup to your regular old detergent. Soaking for at least an hour, will help a ton.
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The best i have found is to soak them in a bucket or sink for an hour or two with detergent. Then i would take them to local laundry place. My wife hates the grease ring i used to leave.. lol
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I've had good luck with the Castrol spray stuff (purple bottle)
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Liquid dishwashing soap works wonders on grease and oil. I use it to get hydraulic fluid out of my clothes all the time.
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Go down to your local hardware and pick up a box of TSP and add a 1/4 cup to your wash.
Stay away from the "phosphate free" TSP though 'cause that's what you want to get your clothes clean.
I can't figure out how they can call that TSP though since TSP stands for TriSodiumPhosphate.
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Go down to your local hardware and pick up a box of TSP and add a 1/4 cup to your wash.
Stay away from the "phosphate free" TSP though 'cause that's what you want to get your clothes clean.
I can't figure out how they can call that TSP though since TSP stands for TriSodiumPhosphate.
Gee why didn't I think of that?
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Thanks for all the replies. I think i'll try tsp, never even knew to use that.
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i add a cup of amonia to whatever detergent the wife buys,gets the coveralls clean.
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"Oil Eater" i get it at kragen. works awsome on truck parts too.
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Empty a can of Coke into you washer with your normal soap.

It gets it clean.

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Have a friend who owns a dry cleaning business and they use wd-40 for small oil stains.
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I use PURPLE POWER from WALMART less than $5.00 a gallon , just mix some with water in bucket and soak your clothes over night
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