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Bleach and acid

Ever since I moved into this apartment (or at least that's when I've been noticing it), my shirts have been showing up bleached out of the laundry. It has ruined something like a dozen shirts and maybe 10 more are juust bleached enough to keep wearing for the time. I thought something was wrong with the washing machine, since It's always messed up (it takes hours to refill the tank on rinse, and it drips several gallons per day when not in use). It was bleaching shirts before I had even bought bleach for the apartment, so I knew it wasn't because of me adding it. It happened rarely in small blotches, but almost completely in the collar area. I can't figure out why it would be in the area around my neck; I shower before I put on shirts in the morning, and don't have anything besides cologne there during the day. It could be the cologne, but I've switched colognes a few times since I moved here and it's been occurring regularly regardless of the cologne I use. I also put it on my wrists and my sleeves haven't been fading. My other theory is that my necklace is somehow bleaching the fabric. I've got a silver chain and pendant that I wear round the clock; but, there is no fading in the area where the pendant rests on the cloth.

I've been wondering if maybe my sweat is bleaching the shirts. Some people are freaks like that and it wouldn't suprise me much to learn I was among them. When I was fitted for contacts the doctor put some luminescent liquid in my eye and my tears were outside the pH range for the luminescence. So if I have strongly acidic tears, I suppose I could have a low sweat pH also. But around my neck only? that's very strange. I could take a ruined shirt and spray it in one area with cologne and wash it; maybe it would bleach there. It would be interesting to figure out what the cause is, because all my favorite tee-shirts are getting trashified and unwearable.


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Apr. 22nd, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC)
possibly the water in your area? calcium and minerals or some shit
Apr. 23rd, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)
The water in this are is nasty dude. I only pour ice cube trays from a brita filter and it still leaves calcium and lime all up in the trays. Ick.
Apr. 23rd, 2004 08:42 am (UTC)
Could be your cleaners...
We had the same problem with bleach spots with clothes and towels in the bathroom and it turned out that one of our regular cleaning agents had an unusually high concentration of bleach that wasnt indicated on the label. Myabe you can check that out... oh yah... some baddass tattooers are heading to Htown june. www.livefasttexas.com
Apr. 23rd, 2004 02:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Could be your cleaners...
Could be maybe something reacting with my cologne or whatnot.. I use borax and tide and clorox 2 colorsafe. More experimentation needs to be done, I think.

That convention sounds snazzy. If I can I'll see about heading up there and checking it out..
May. 22nd, 2004 07:18 am (UTC)
Messed up shirts
Hey yall....

I have had the same problem! I dont wear cologne and my two younger brothers have their clothes washed in the same loads as mine...and only my shirts fade. I notice it happens only around the collar, or anywhere i wipe massive ammounts of sweat (like the sleves of shirts i work hard in then wipe my face on the sleve.

Interestingly enough.....

I own an apple powerbook (anodized aluminum) and where i type and my hands sweat.....my sweat is eating holes in the anodized layer!!!!

So maybe there is such a thing as low sweat ph......

I have this page bookmarked. Can anybody find more information?

I though I was the only one!
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