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Here's a few things. I work in the dairy industry and cleaning  of equipment is at the front of a lot of what I do, and I've been able to carry some of this knowledge forward into auto detailing.

Wash with a detergent, detergent is alkaline above 7 on the ph scale

Adam's Microfiber Revitalizer & Brightener is great for removing automotive chemicals, it's powerful stuff!

Rinse with distilled white vinegar. Vinegar is an acid below 7 on the ph scale. It will help to remove left over detergent and contaminants from the rinse water.

If detergent and vinegar are mixed together neither will work and the detergent will remain, along with the material to be cleaned in the towels. Once you use the towel to wipe, say, Detail Spray the detergent and old product may very well grab a hold of the Detail Spray and begin to drag, pulling towel material, or lint from the towel.

I wash my front load HE machine once a month with a product made by Tide to thoroughly clean my type of machine. The load prior to washing my microfibers is run without fabric softener in the washer, or dry sheets in the dryer. I also pull the detergent/chlorine/fabric softener dispenser from the machine and clean it before washing my towels.

My towels get boiled once per year, and I still use some of the very first microfiber towels I purchased more than10 years ago!

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I only use vinegar to clean the washer.  I have tried the special tablets but never thought they did better, other than having perfume in them.

 

To clean my front loader, I just put vinegar in every dispenser cup (wash, bleach, fabric softener) then run it on a cleaning cycle.  Need to get the dispenser cups and tubes/channels clean up too, not just drum.  This is really true if you regularly use fabric softener, then go to run MF towels and put vinegar in the dispenser, it will put all the fabric softener residue into your towels.

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A strong alkaline cleaner is what's needed to clean the machine. If you're not having success with the over the counter types of cleaners specifically made to clean the machines, pick up some lye at the local hardware store.

The drum needs cleaned of old soap build up and organic matter stuck to it (the organic materials are what make the foul odor). Chlorine bleach on the hot wash cycle can do a fair job on its own to clean the internals of the washer.

Vinegar is a mild acid, it's not going to do the job on its own. Acid will break down minerals, like calcium, from hard water.

Many fabric softeners contain either an acid or a base. If your softener is an acid, you need a base to remove it, and visa versa. I pull my fabric softener out and manually clean it.

Edited by BRZN

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Dave would using a cleaner like MFR&B on the machine in its own cycle do enough to clean out the machine since I think it is a fairly alkaline cleaner? I've noticed bleach does ok and vinegar will neutralize things but they both aren't wonderful at cleaning the whole machine out

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Well Dave let me wish you a speedy recovery and safely administered surgery my dude! Shoulder surgeries are a serious B!tch to say the least and hugely underrated. I've had a nagging minor labral tear for years and the doc says only thing to do is stop lifting weights (which Dave can tell you is not going to happen) so I deal with nagging pain myself in my left shoulder. Oh well, the muscles are worth it.

 

As an aside, I can safely say, that 2 oz in the machine, and 1 oz in the fabric softener tray and 1 oz in my bleach dispenser tray gave me the cleanest washing machine ever (I tested it today)

 

Dan you can pass the word along to El Jefe that MFR can safely be used as a cleaning solution for your laundry machine! Whether it's once a month to break up the buildup from normal wash loads, or just before doing a load of towels, it does work phenomenally!

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Survived the surgery, now to survive the boredom of recovery. this is the second shoulder done within two years. yesterday's surgery was to repair a torn rotator cuff. I'd not been in the gym since the week after my injury in early August. Went to bench and pretty much knew right away what I'd done. I'll be good to go for Adam for Spring Carlisle!

 

Anyways, lye runs a PH of 13, on the scale that goes as high as 14. I just stuck Adam's Microfiber Revitalizer & Brightener with a strip of litmus paper and found it to be pretty high on the PH scale, about the same as chlorine bleach. Neutral is PH 7, the numbers lower than 7 are acidic. I often run the Tide HE Washing Machine Cleaner through my machine right after a load of microfiber towels to take advantage of what the MFR loosened up.

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Thanks Dave for running the litmus test!  I was actually shocked at how clean the drum felt and smelled (musty smell gone) after running just one load on mine on heavy wash with hot water and cold rinse.

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Hey guys, any tips to keep the static down when washing towels ? My truck is a dust magnet after I wipe it down to the point where it looks like it needs washed 24 hours later, where as if I just use a leaf blower to dry it looks clean all week if we don't get any rain.

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I saw a post that DVK made a while back that said he had a wire with an alligator clip that he attached to the truck and a ground rod (ie a piece of rebar protruding from the garage floor). By grounding the body you eliminate the static charge and the dust collection problem. I have a buddy that's a painter and he does the same thing to vehicles in the paint booth. I don't even think he attaches it to anything, just lets the bare metal lay on the floor. I think he uses a small metal chain or something.

 

 

EDIT: I think I missed the towel part of that last post....sorry! Dave has a great explanation in the next post though!

Edited by NG13

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The static electricity isn't in the towels from washing, even though you may notice some when pulling them out to fold them. That dissipates rather quickly.

The static electricity to the vehicle itself is from rubbing the towels across the paint surface. Think of it like dragging your feet across a carpeted floor and touching a metal object.

Humidity plays a factor in how much static electricity will be generated, if practical, I prefer to wipe my vehicles down earl;er in the day when the humidity is usually higher.

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in the past ive just thrown towels away after several uses. not adams!! I definitely want to keep these nice as long as possible. Just got some revitalizer in both 32oz and gallon sizes!

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