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Oil Cloth Disaster#@!

stitchagain | Posted in General Discussion on

I washed some fabric that I purchase years ago.  It is a black cotton treated with some oily, waxy compound.  Originally it was linseed oil and maybe that is what is on this cloth.

Well, it did no good to my washing machine.  I tried to clean the residue left with borax, soda ash paste (same as washing soda).  Those worked OK, but plain ol’ Bar Keepers Friend worked the best.  I used the hot water cycle, but I’m not sure if this was good or made it worse.

My concern is the part of the washing machine that are not visible.

Is there anything else that I should use?


  1. Susan -homedecsewing | | #1

    I think maybe Lestoil would clean it all out. Hot water and then plain laundry soap in another cycle. good luck My hubby was a mechanic and lestoil got out the WORST oily stains

    1. stitchagain | | #3

      Thanks for the response!


      What is Lestoil? 

      1. Susan -homedecsewing | | #4

        Its a cleaning solvent, old timer, found at the grocery store by the floor cleaners.Smells like pine itrees

  2. meg | | #2

    Perhaps a cycle run with Dawn dishwashing liquid? And stop the agitation in part of the cycle to let it just sit with the hot & soapy water in it? I wonder if the gurus at another board would have a brilliant idea?

  3. GailAnn | | #5

    Oh. you poor dear!

    The responses here pretty much covered the gamut of cleansers.   I am reminded of the old advertising jingle, "It's so easy when you use Lestoil!"  I can hear it inside my brain, good thing you can't hear me singing.

    The only other suggestion I might have is to run through a hot water wash with half a gallon of vinegar added.

    Vinegar is always my first line of defense against grime.  Gail

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      ThreadKoe | | #6

      Here on the farm I have had to deal with some pretty messy, oily, dirty clothing that has made a huge mess of my washer.  The only thing that has cleaned it out is to run a big load of dark towels (or old) through with hot water, laundry soap measured for a really dirty load, and a cup or so of vinegar in the rinse cycle.  Put it through a 2nd rinse.  The towels act as scrubbers.  The towels will also pick up sand and dirt in the bottom of a washer and get rid of it.  hope this helps.   Cathy

      1. stitchagain | | #7

        Thanks that sounds like a great suggestion!

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