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Washing oily clothes

I have a brand new front loading washing machine and I don't want to ruin it. It says not to put oily clothes in it. My hubby works on oil furnaces as a service technician and his clothes can get pretty grubby. Will I ruin the machine by using it for washing his work clothes? I always used my top loader without problems.
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I have a brand new front loading washing machine and I don't want to ruin it. It says not to put oily clothes in it. My hubby works on oil furnaces as a service technician and his clothes can get pretty grubby. Will I ruin the machine by using it for washing his work clothes? I always used my top loader without problems.
It says not to put oily clothes in as a safety precaution because oil never really comes competely out and it could become a fire hazard...the oil could also transfer to future loads.. My dad is a mechanic and he sends his clothes out to be washed by a specialty company...my mom would kill him if he stuck his stuff in the washer
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Why not pre-soak the clothes first to get the majority of the oils out prior to washing?
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Why not pre-soak the clothes first to get the majority of the oils out prior to washing?
Ooh Ooh do you think baking soda would soak up any excess oil? or sprinkling some sand on it and letting it sit? I don't know if it would...but it seems like it might..
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just spray it with shout or some other similar pre-soak (they are all just degreasers ) allow them to soak for a while then, soak the clothes in a sink full of water with a little laundry soap and/or borax for at least 1 hour, rinse them then toss them into the washer and wash as usual.
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Thanks everyone. These clothes are not terribly soiled, mostly just smell like fuel oil. For visible stains I will do the soak first then toss them in the machine. Can't stand laudry mats!!
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I have a brand new front loading washing machine and I don't want to ruin it. It says not to put oily clothes in it. My hubby works on oil furnaces as a service technician and his clothes can get pretty grubby. Will I ruin the machine by using it for washing his work clothes? I always used my top loader without problems.



The only product I've found that will remove these grease and oil spots is Natural Solvent Spotter from Naturally Yours. I just put it on full strength right on the spot, then throw it in the washer with soap and Oxy Magic. Sometimes I have to do it twice, but it comes out.
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The reason not to put oily clothes in a front load is because the last rinse water is partly reused in the next load. And honestly, the water you use in a front load today has remnants from washes of long ago. It's just the way it is set up. Even a top load always has some water left over but the front loads have a LOT of water left over.

I owned a used appliance business and we always had washers torn apart repairing them. Another thing to remember.... used front loads are VERY hard to work on and the parts are very high priced, even for repair guys. We quickly learned to not mess with front loads. Too much trouble and cost too much to fix.
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Pre-soaking and dealing with stains should do before you put them into the machine.
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