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Posted: 11 July 2009 09:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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After some seltzer water and paper towels, my next step in stain removal was going to be calling over my dog over and saying “get it boy! masala sauce! get it boy!”  LOL

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Posted: 12 July 2009 06:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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I love it, Occam. Gotta remember you’re a resource the next time I have a stain to remove!

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Posted: 12 July 2009 08:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Jules - 11 July 2009 09:14 PM

After some seltzer water and paper towels, my next step in stain removal was going to be calling over my dog over and saying “get it boy! masala sauce! get it boy!”  LOL

Please do let us know how things come out!! LOL

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Posted: 13 July 2009 02:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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Oh good lord, I just noticed that Jule’s stain was from Indian food.  That means the main fabric dye wasn’t from the tomato (which isn’t all that hard to remove) but from turmeric.  That’s a totally different story.  After you’ve gotten rid of the rest of the food particles and oil using the procedure I listed, you may as well try Oxyclean.  I love turmeric in Indian food, but I hate it on clothes.  About all you can do if it’s still there is get a piece of chalk and rub it in when the fabric is dry to mask the color.

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Posted: 13 July 2009 02:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Occam - 13 July 2009 02:18 PM

Oh good lord, I just noticed that Jule’s stain was from Indian food.  That means the main fabric dye wasn’t from the tomato (which isn’t all that hard to remove) but from turmeric.  That’s a totally different story.  After you’ve gotten rid of the rest of the food particles and oil using the procedure I listed, you may as well try Oxyclean.  I love turmeric in Indian food, but I hate it on clothes.  About all you can do if it’s still there is get a piece of chalk and rub it in when the fabric is dry to mask the color.

One question I have (and that Billy Mays never quite explicated to my satisfaction in his exhaustive and thorough commercials) is what precisely Oxyclean is and how it’s different from bleach. I mean, I know it is different from bleach, but how? Is it some sort of enzyme? How does it work, and on what sorts of stains?

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Posted: 13 July 2009 02:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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Oh good lord, I just noticed that Jule’s stain was from Indian food.  That means the main fabric dye wasn’t from the tomato (which isn’t all that hard to remove) but from turmeric.  That’s a totally different story.  After you’ve gotten rid of the rest of the food particles and oil using the procedure I listed, you may as well try Oxyclean.  I love turmeric in Indian food, but I hate it on clothes.  About all you can do if it’s still there is get a piece of chalk and rub it in when the fabric is dry to mask the color.

One question I have (and that Billy Mays never quite explicated to my satisfaction in his exhaustive and thorough commercials) is what precisely Oxyclean is and how it’s different from bleach. I mean, I know it is different from bleach, but how? Is it some sort of enzyme? How does it work, and on what sorts of stains?

I just scanned my bucket of Oxy-Clean. It doesn’t list ingredients. It does say harmful to eyes, and don’t mix with bleach or ammonia.
I’m guessing it has oxygenators that release in warm or hot water, and then act as ionizing surfactants. I know the stuff has regular soap in there too, or maybe a little. It comes in dye and perfume free version.
Hopefully Occam will chime in here, I wanna see if my chemical analysis is even close. LOL

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Posted: 13 July 2009 03:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Looks like Oxyclean is peroxide, or turns into peroxide:

“OxiClean is a sodium percarbonate (C2H6Na4O12) detergent and bleaching agent that produces hydrogen peroxide when dissolved in water. It is marketed through infomercials (most notably featuring the late Billy Mays) as a “miracle cleanser,” ostensibly a miracle “oxygen” chemical…. OxiClean works through hydrogen peroxide molecules bound within a sodium carbonate structure. Hydrogen peroxide is a strong oxidizing substance which will “bleach” the stains away.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxyclean

So my big question is, does Oxyclean work any better than pouring peroxide from one of those brown bottles on the stain, or in the wash for that matter? Is it simply easier to use and store in powder form? I can see how the powder form is convenient for laundry.

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Posted: 13 July 2009 03:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Occam - 13 July 2009 02:18 PM

Oh good lord, I just noticed that Jule’s stain was from Indian food.  That means the main fabric dye wasn’t from the tomato (which isn’t all that hard to remove) but from turmeric.  That’s a totally different story.  After you’ve gotten rid of the rest of the food particles and oil using the procedure I listed, you may as well try Oxyclean.  I love turmeric in Indian food, but I hate it on clothes.  About all you can do if it’s still there is get a piece of chalk and rub it in when the fabric is dry to mask the color.

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I can’t help it, I love SPICE! Indian, Mexican, hot wings with a cold beer - doesn’t matter what kind of food - I just love spicy! Unfortunately most of it stains.

That’s OK Occam, I hadn’t started your extremely complex and combustible procedure yet. My kid’s chair at the table has a cover on the white fabric. Should have bought a cover for the adult’s chairs as well!

I’ll pick up some Oxyclean, and maybe some new covers in a dark color to mask the stains and protect the chairs in the future.

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Posted: 13 July 2009 03:50 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Jules - 13 July 2009 03:46 PM

I can’t help it, I love SPICE! Indian, Mexican, hot wings with a cold beer - doesn’t matter what kind of food - I just love spicy!

Good call—love spicy food, too. Not so good with wine though. Cold beer, as you say, is much better. Or margaritas!

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Posted: 13 July 2009 04:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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Jules - 13 July 2009 03:46 PM

I can’t help it, I love SPICE! Indian, Mexican, hot wings with a cold beer - doesn’t matter what kind of food - I just love spicy!

Good call—love spicy food, too. Not so good with wine though. Cold beer, as you say, is much better. Or margaritas!

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Ooooooo now I want a margarita! Haven’t had one in a while.

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Posted: 13 July 2009 04:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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Jules - 13 July 2009 04:18 PM
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Jules - 13 July 2009 03:46 PM

I can’t help it, I love SPICE! Indian, Mexican, hot wings with a cold beer - doesn’t matter what kind of food - I just love spicy!

Good call—love spicy food, too. Not so good with wine though. Cold beer, as you say, is much better. Or margaritas!

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Ooooooo now I want a margarita! Haven’t had one in a while.

Jules, they are not ‘stains’ they are ‘good memories’! LOL

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Posted: 13 July 2009 06:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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I’m guessing the Hydrogen Peroxide concentration from the Oxy-Clean is appreciably higher than the 20 volume material one can buy at a drug store.  It’s probably a bit milder on hands and fabric than the chlorine bleaches. 

Jules, short form:  Just wet a rag with rubbing alcohol and see if you can remove most of the color.  If so, you’re home free.

I agree about spicy foods, but since I don’t like beer no matter what because I detest bitter, wine does very well for me.  Although some restaurants and some people think that spicy is synonomous with hot, the idea is to balance the flavors so that all contribute, but none overpowers (well, all except garlic which one can never use too much of LOL ). 

Aside:  Margaritas - great old fashioned Mexican restaurant in L.A. called El Coyote used to make superb margaritas, but I could never figure out what they did that was special.  One evening we were sitting at the bar waiting for our name to be called for a table, when I saw the bartender make up a batch.  He added about 20 cc of pineapple juice per drink.  He was using canned, but I tried it with frozen, and they were great.

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Posted: 13 July 2009 07:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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Great job mythbusting Occam!

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Posted: 13 July 2009 09:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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Now I have a new Martguerita recipe!

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Posted: 13 July 2009 09:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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Jules - 11 July 2009 09:14 PM

After some seltzer water and paper towels, my next step in stain removal was going to be calling over my dog over and saying “get it boy! masala sauce! get it boy!”  LOL

Don’t do that, dog saliva stains too!

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