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How To Remove Built-Up Oil Residue From Massage Linens

Massage linens are expensive and after a while, they will inevitably take on a build-up of massage oil residue, regardless of which detergent the therapist uses. One may think that there is nothing that can be done about this inevitable build up and that they should just purchase new linens, but this is not the case. Even the most greasy linens can be easily revived!

Performing a regular deep cleaning of your linens will keep them in pristine condition and looking beautifully day after day. 

This can be accomplished using this incredibly simple de-greasing regimen once every few months or as often as necessary.

To get started you will need: 

- A top load washing machine OR a large pail as this cannot be done in a front-load washer
- Hot water
- Rubber gloves
- Household ammonia
- Laundry detergent (bleach-free as you cannot mix ammonia and bleach as it creates toxic gases)
- Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda


Fill your washing machine or bucket with hot water. Add 1/4 cup ammonia, 1/4 cup laundry detergent, and 1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda. Mix until dissolved with a gloved hand. Add your towels or sheets and scrunch them around in the solution until all the fibers are penetrated thoroughly. 

Allow the linens to soak in the solution for 8 hours or overnight. Go back every few hours to scrunch and agitate the linens with a gloved hand.

Once the appropriate amount of time has past, drain the solution and wash your linens as you normally would.

You won't really be able to tell how well this method works until your linens are dry, but once they are, I hope you will be pleasantly surprised with the results.

How this method works: 

The star of this cleaning method is the Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, which is made of sodium carbonate. Now, don't get this mixed up with sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) as they are two different things. When you soak your greasy clothes in sodium carbonate, a chemical reaction happens where the grease or oil in your clothes reacts with the sodium carbonate to create soap! Which is then easily rinsed away. Isn't that cool?

Sodium carbonate + oil = soap

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*Just a word or caution. While this method works amazing for sturdy fabrics like cotton. I would not recommend using it on delicate items or on fabrics with a heavily saturated color as this method may harm sensitive fabrics or cause the colors to fade. 

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