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How to Remove Fiberglass From Clothes

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By randi

My Laundry Question

for some reason when i got our laundrey out of the dryer last night everything is covered in fiberglass. how do i get rid of it.

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i'm not exactly sure how the fiberglass got all over everything. it may have been caused by sleeping bags that i washed maybe. i do mix laundrey all the time. but i really need to know how to get rid of it

Lessons Learned

  • i've been trying to vacuum the fiberglass out with a shop vac. i've been vacuuming everythign

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

all different kinds. mostly cotton and denim

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Removing fiberglass from clothing is a long and often difficult task. Be sure to keep the affected clothing and other items separate from everything else. DO NOT even allow them to touch other clothes.

The best way to remove the fiberglass fibers is to use the hottest water possible for each type of fabric. Add a heavy-duty pine oil disinfectant; some brands include Pine Sol, Real Pine, Spic-n-Span Pine and Lysol Pine Action. It should be added at the beginning of the wash cycle. To be effective, the product must contain 80 percent pine oil. Add an extra rinse cycle.

It is also helpful to take the clothes, when dry, outside and brush with a clothes brush.

After washing the affected items, be sure to run the washer through a cycle with no clothes to rinse away any fiberglass that may be caught in the washer. The same applies to the dryer - throw in some old, wet rags to dry. Then throw them away!

Good luck!

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