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Old 09-24-2010, 01:16 PM   #1
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I Need Help Dealing with a Cooking Side Effect

Hello, my name is Andy M. and I'm a slob.

When I cook, everything gets dirty. Counters, floors, stove, walls, ceilings, windows and clothing. It's the clothing that's the issue.

I manage to get all kinds of stains on my clothing. Mostly oil/fat based stains on cotton shirts. SO is about ready to get violent with me. She often has to wash an item several times to get the stains off and she asked for help. She even bought me a NE Patriots apron but It doesn't seem to work unless I wear it.

She uses Tide detergent and has tried pre-soaking, Spray and Wash, Shout, those Tide stain packets and Oxi-Clean. None of these works well.

Can anyone out there help me out?
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Old 09-24-2010, 01:27 PM   #2
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I have excellent success with both the new OxiClean gel goo that you smear on with the bumpy end of the stick, and with the dual action spray stuff for most organic stains.

I have specific stain removal tips as well. Anything other than the oily ones giving you grief?
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Old 09-24-2010, 01:31 PM   #3
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I have excellent success with both the new OxiClean gel goo that you smear on with the bumpy end of the stick, and with the dual action spray stuff for most organic stains.

I have specific stain removal tips as well. Anything other than the oily ones giving you grief?
I think it's mostly oil based stuff, Alix. Thanks for the tips. I'll pass them along.
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Welcome Andy M... :)

Here are some suggestions:
  1. Wear the apron
  2. Cook nude - no laundry issues
  3. Change your light bulbs out for lower watt bulbs (try 20 watts)
  4. Immerse all your clothing in fry oil and wash once. New spots will not display on fully 'spotted' clothing.
  5. Man up and do your own laundry or..
  6. Explain that some diners leave tips for great food - others just do the laundry and basque in the feeling of being part of a great culinary adventure
  7. Get take out - every night until household standards are lowered
  8. and finally - SLOW DOWN!

My DH has this very same issue - he trashes his clothing and the floors when cooking. All could be avoided if he were just a little slower.... there is no need to splatter every surface. Really!
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Hello, my name is Andy M. and I'm a slob.

When I cook, everything gets dirty. Counters, floors, stove, walls, ceilings, windows and clothing. It's the clothing that's the issue.

I manage to get all kinds of stains on my clothing. Mostly oil/fat based stains on cotton shirts. SO is about ready to get violent with me. She often has to wash an item several times to get the stains off and she asked for help. She even bought me a NE Patriots apron but It doesn't seem to work unless I wear it.

She uses Tide detergent and has tried pre-soaking, Spray and Wash, Shout, those Tide stain packets and Oxi-Clean. None of these works well.

Can anyone out there help me out?
Shut the blinds and cook naked.

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Old 09-24-2010, 01:35 PM   #6
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I wear an apron. Not one of those frou-frou ones.... I wear the kind they sell in restaurant supply places that really cover your clothing up.

My mom started me out in one of her aprons when I was a toddler, so I grew up used to the big ones. My aunt used to make me "cute" ones, but now that she's gone, the restaurant supply aprons work just fine, and I have very little damage to my clothes.
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OK, just gotta say this...you folks who recommend cooking nude have clearly never tried it. With Andy's particular "issue" let me just say OUCH!!!! Without giving TMI, I have occasionally had to dash into the kitchen sans clothing to rescue something and have a rather lovely scar on my belly to show for it.

Andy, the OxiClean stuff is quite the miracle stuff. I found a blouse that had gone through washer and dryer with oily stains on it, used the goo (x2) and all gone.
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She even bought me a NE Patriots apron but It doesn't seem to work unless I wear it.

Can anyone out there help me out?
I have a Loony Tunes one that works the same way (or is that doen't work the same way).

I find that if I treat the stain as soon as possible it helps get it out easier and be sure to check to see if it is gone before it gets put into the dryer or hung on the line. If you can't treat the stain a good 15 minutes before it goes in the washer to let thing work.

We use Tide as a pretreat and an old tooth brush to lightly brush the stain. Sometimes Spray and Wash goes on top of that as well. Some stains should be blotted not brushed (like tomato sauce).

For grease stains, have you tried Dawn dish soap?

BTW - Happy Friday everyone! Looks like quiet a gang here this afternoon.
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I have a related issue actually. Mine is bleach and my memory. For some reason, when I use bleach I seem to get some of it on my clothes. The problem is, I don't think to put on something old. I seem to always be wearing a new shirt or pants (or not new, but with no stains, etc.).

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Tell her there are people out there who do not have their eyesight and she should be happy she can see your stains and should appreciate them.

Oh wait, you like her and want to keep her around so disregard my advice.
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