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Old 08-17-2007, 03:17 PM
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Sometimes the hot water heater could even be your problem. There is an anode rod that starts to deteriate causing rusty water. Does the water look okay when you just use cold water wash?
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Old 08-18-2007, 06:09 AM
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Dingy whites

Hi Amanda,
We too have well water. I think it runs through a coal vein, and is extrememly rusty (or full of reddish minerals) as well. I use a product called Yellow Out that I buy by the case at Menard's. It is made by the Rust Out company. You add some to your washer, fill, add clothing, soak, add detergent, then launder as usual. It works. And as a bonus, it cleans the inside of your washing machine. I use it every two weeks roughly. You can use it on some colors that show rusting but you do want to test first as certain colors will fade clean away! Hope this helps you out!!
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Old 08-18-2007, 06:41 AM
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Coll - thank you I will check for the blueing!

Sueanne - I hadn't really paid attention to the cold water wash. I had this same problem in my old house in this town too. :-P

Kell - thank you for that tip about the Yellow Out! I actually am heading to Menards today as I received a brown grocery bag with their name on it with the weekly flyers. Its says 15% off anything I can fit in the bag
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Old 08-18-2007, 10:13 AM
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Ok I bought a small container of Yellow Out frmo Menards today to try it out and let me be the first to say...

HOLY COW!

That stuff REALLY WORKS! It got the dinge out of my whites in the first load and my washing machine walls are white again! Thank you so much for this recommendation, I know I will definitely be heading back to Menards for more of that! They also had some other products for cleaning surfaces from the same company. They werre called Rust Out, Iron Out and some others. I will be picking up some of these too as I get the rust in my toilets, sinks and the tub.

Woo hoo!

now if they would just make one for your hair... LOL
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Old 08-18-2007, 10:19 AM
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I will have to try the yellow out, we usually soak our white clothes in lestoil before we wash them.
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Old 08-18-2007, 11:11 AM
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Isn't it just amazing?? After I tried my first load and had to take a couple of articles of clothing out to show DH working in the garage the diff, I then went through the drawers and closets for all our icky stuff to give them a new lease on life. I'm glad that it worked so well for you, too!! We are very familiar with the "Out" family here. We buy Iron Out in the big containers and use it in the tank of the toilet to (try) cutting down on the staining in the bowl. DH dumps it in the tank in the am before we both go to work so it gets to sit all day w/o being flushed. We can tell in two days if the tank hasn't been "ironed." Another product line that I particularly like because they works so well is "The Works" Tub and Shower Cleaner and also Bowl Cleaner. I forgot to mention, you may be able to get some ideas on removing rust from your hair from a local hairdresser. They have a few tricks of their own that work great, but I never did ask what she used.

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Old 08-18-2007, 11:23 AM
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A warning though. I just took a load of dark colors out that I used the Yellow Out on (it wasn't anything of importance) and it acted like chlorine bleach would. The blacks are all gray etc. If you have anything you don't want the color stripped out of don't use it on those. GREAT on the whites though! I can't believe my husband's socks aren't dingy anymore :0)
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Old 08-18-2007, 11:34 AM
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I did mention that it does work on some colors, but to test first due to the fading (experience also). Had a nice grey sweatshirt from Moody Gardens in Galveston TX with a bright pretty embroidered patch on it. The grey sweatshirt came out grey w/no orange anymore ... the patch was grey also.
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Old 09-03-2007, 09:56 AM
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They also had some other products for cleaning surfaces from the same company. They werre called Rust Out, Iron Out and some others. I will be picking up some of these too as I get the rust in my toilets, sinks and the tub

If you find sonething that works in the toilet I'd love to know. I don't have any problem in the washer,but the toilet gets rust streaks coming down into it! I've tried the Rust Out, but on the upper sides of the toilet it just doesn't work because it can't "sit" on it long enough to do anything!
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Old 09-03-2007, 12:17 PM
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I think I mentioned "the Works" bowl cleaner which I find works very well. (The "the Works" tub and shower cleaner also removes light rust stains from white sinks.) For heavier / initial stains, you may want to try Whink Rust Stain remover. It comes in a small (10 oz.) brown plastic squeezeable bottle for "aiming" purposes. Please be sure to read all cautionary verbage as these are powerful cleaning products. Hope this helps you in your quest for no more rust!!
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