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Old 06-28-2010, 05:22 AM
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Since this stemmed from a home improvement project....I put an item of clothing that had mineral spirits on it (unbeknownst to me) into the washer with other laundry. Now all the clothes smell like mineral spirits

I've used regular laundry soap, vinegar, baking soda and Borax (not all at the same time). It still smells. It's currently soaking in Murphy's oil soap, vinegar and detergent (regular and Fels Naptha). I called two paint stores and neither has any suggestions.

Does anyone on this board have a solution that's worked for them? Much thanks in advance for any suggestions that will allow me to save the load of clothes
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Old 06-28-2010, 09:08 AM
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Hi dogmomof2,
Are you just trying to clean one item or a whole load at this point? I would use cheap rubbing alcohol (like from walmart) if its just one item. It is a nice interface between water based and petrochemical based solvents! Just soak and hand "wash " with it then hand wash with laundry soap. If you are doing a whole load then you will probably have to try a cleaner like lysol.
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:23 AM
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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The only effective way I have found to get rid of mineral spirit smell is to let it dissipate. In other words, hang the clothes out to dry after washing. It may take a couple of wash/hang cycles to get rid of the smell.

A buddy of mine swears that Oxi-Clean works, but I've never tried it.
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