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Post# 944081   6/18/2017 at 07:24 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Must have not been paying attention but they must have been flushing fire hydrants or some sediment from the bottom of the storage tank got stirred up.

What would remove rust stains from cotton especially after going through the dryer ???

Any remedies would be great and Thank You all in advance.

Post# 944086 , Reply# 1   6/18/2017 at 08:14 by Frigilux (The Minnesota Prairie)        

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Eddie--I've been there. You can find these in grocery or hardware stores. Iron Out and Whink Rust Stain Remover have worked well for me. Good luck!

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Post# 944090 , Reply# 2   6/18/2017 at 09:26 by mrboilwash (Munich,Germany)        

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Anything acidic will work more or less.
You might even see an improvement with plain lemon juice on rather light rust stains.
If that doesn`t work the products mentioned in the post above will.

Post# 944144 , Reply# 3   6/18/2017 at 18:07 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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White Vinegar ???

That's Acidic ...

Post# 944147 , Reply# 4   6/18/2017 at 18:17 by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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My well water has excessive iron. The very first load in the Maytag after installation here was nice work shirts and pants. They all came out orange. Person at work had the same problem and said run them thru rinse again with some Iron Out and put it in every rinse and you'll have no more problems. It worked perfect.

Post# 944172 , Reply# 5   6/18/2017 at 23:51 by mrboilwash (Munich,Germany)        

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I don`t know if the white vinegar would work for a whole load of clothes. I suppose it would be too weak when dilluted with water. The lemon juice is frquently recommended for spot treatment, that means apply directly on the stain, let sit for a few minutes then rinse and rewash. Might be worth a first inexpensive try when you`re dealing with rather light and smallish stains.
If large areas were affected I`d rather use one of the commercial products which might even be added to the washer instead of applying something directly to the fabric.

Post# 944174 , Reply# 6   6/19/2017 at 00:18 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Why not install an iron filter on your supply line. We had one put in to our Calgary house out in the country because of the high iron content in the well water . It was slowly discoloring everything.  Simple installation and basically maintenance free over the 12 years usage when we sold the place.  

Post# 944189 , Reply# 7   6/19/2017 at 03:13 by Stan (Napa CA)        

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Don't think I've seen a iron filter for the supply line.
Supply line to the house, or supply line to the washer? Where did you get yours?

Post# 944191 , Reply# 8   6/19/2017 at 05:01 by toploader55 (Massachusetts Sand Bar, Cape Cod)        

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Thank You all for the input.

Iron is not the issue. We have pretty bad municipal water. This happens from time to time. And being that it will happen in all three machines that are hooked up, I know it's not a mechanical issue.

I will try the above mentioned products.

Again, Thanks for reading and replying.

Post# 944313 , Reply# 9   6/19/2017 at 23:50 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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Our iron filter was connected directly to the supply line coming into the house.  It looked somewhat like a water softener or big oxygen tank,  but just the one tank (filled with some sort of resin). It was not a water softener which some people use to get rid of iron but doesn't work near as well and requires salt replenishing. An iron filter should run for years and years without changing the resin.   Doesn't sound like you'd need one if this is a rare event. 

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