I Missed the Pre-Wash Instructions

Dear FlyLady,

I missed the part about washing my purple rags before I used them. As a result I have purple streaks on my white cabinets. Please make sure everyone knows how to pre-wash their purple rags.

In tears,
FlyBaby D

Dear In Tears FlyBaby,

I am so sorry that this happened to you. The instructions are on the Purple Rag page and in almost every email that goes out.

Now what have you tried to clean it off with?
Run your purple rags through a hot wash. They may be able to help you clean off the purple too. But they are going to have to be totally free of dye.

Do you have some bleach? Mix up a bucket of hot water and add a cup of bleach. Dip any ole rag in the bleach water and try it on one of your newly purpled splotched cabinets. You may want to wear gloves.

Washing instructions – machine wash in bag with detergent only – absolutely no fabric softeners – let air dry flat and use again!!!

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE DYE CONTENT OF THE RAGS, IT IS ADVISED THAT YOU WASH THE RAGS (ALONE IN WARM WATER WITH DETERGENT IN WASHING MACHINE OR A BUCKET) PRIOR TO USE.

Here is a FlyBaby Tip for washing your Purple Rags if you are trying to save water. I also like to use a bucket full of hot water to get the dye out of mine. Don’t pre-wash them in the bottom of your shower. They may turn your shower purple.

Washing Purple Rags
In Southern California we are so careful with water that we would never run a load of laundry with only a few rags in it. So I can’t machine wash my rags.

I have 3 which I use constantly. One is in each bathroom and one in the kitchen. I want them clean.

So every day before I shower, I pick up the 3 rags. I toss them on the floor of the shower. I get my shampoo and body soap all over them just dripping off my body (soap is soap) and swish them around with my feet to clean the bottom of my shower.

I pick them up before I put hair conditioner on. Conditioner has oil in it and is like fabric softener. When I am all done, I wring out the rags and put them over the faucet handles. After I am dry and dressed, I leave one on the handle and put the other two away.

My rags are always clean.

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