Rust Stains

Last week our hot water suddenly ran rusty for a day or so.I noticed it when I was filling the washing machine for a soak load of Sophia’s clothes. Unfortunately, the clothes were in and the washer full before I noticed the strange dark color of the water. Needless to say, I didn’t soak them and in fact ran the wash through again immediately after in cold water. And then I was in a hurry when I emptied the washer into the drier and didn’t notice that some of the clothes still had rust marks. In fact, I only noticed this evening when I finally got around to folding the clothes to put them away. And just about every cute outfit now has dark waves of rusty rings.

The only advice I’ve been able to find for removing rust involves soaking the stain in lemon juice and setting the garment to dry in the sun. But I’ve got an entire load of baby outfits that are stained. I’m talking just about every outfit I own for her, including most of the long-sleeved ones which were still in the bottom of the laundry bag. Treating each stain will take a huge bag of lemons and a lot of time. Anyone know a different method or have suggestions for a shortcut?

2 Responses to Rust Stains

  1. Leticia Velasquez July 3, 2008 at 10:09 am #

    Melanie, I took an entire course on that book at St. Anselm’s, and it’s good to see it put to practical use!

  2. Melanie Bettinelli July 3, 2008 at 10:55 am #

    My first philosophy course at UD was “Philosophy and the Ethical Life” we spent about a quarter of the semester on the Nichomachean ethics. Yes, Aristotle has stood me in surprisingly good stead. It really has been foundational to my understanding of how habits are formed and why they are important.

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