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Topic: Rusty, Orange Water=Rusty, Orange Clothing :(  (Read 554 times)
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« on: February 09, 2005 05:38:45 PM »

So, I live here in Florida and we have a well. The well is, apparently, not dug (digged?) deep enough and thusly our water is very rusty. Not only is it undrinkable, it also turns everything orange-- the shower, toilet, sinks, and most unfortunately-- anything in the wash.

All of my things...my duvet, my white shirts, even my light-coloured clothing and everything have been stained an awful shade of orange..it makes me sick! I realize there might not be a way to reverse this damage, but if anyone had a good DIY Idea for maybe fixing it?
Perhaps someone has dealt with this before, or simply has an idea...
and trust me...bleach with my laundry only seems to make it worse.

Thanks for your help, Craftsters!  Kiss

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« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2005 06:14:00 PM »

I used to have the same problem when I lived in Minnesota.  We installed a water softener with a mineral filter.   After we had that up and going, I added a product called "Iron Out" to my laundry.  It's a very strong clorine bleach powder.    My baby had white diapers again.
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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2005 12:16:05 PM »

That Iron Our sounds good, but is it safe to use on non-white things? I imagine it bleaches, yes? (Der, of course it does, silly me)  Thank you so much!
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2005 01:06:29 PM »

Don't use the stuff on colors.  And remember, too, that the rinse water is still going to be rusty.
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2005 01:56:27 PM »

I don't have any experience with this at all so take my comment with a grain of salt.  I know that you can get a blue rinse type thing at most groceries stores to use with whites to keep them from yellowing, it *might* counteract some of the orange.  Again, I'm just offering a suggestion, I haven't ever tried it myself.
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