Need Laundry Advice (not for the faint hearted)

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

WeirdBeard
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 123
   Posted 11/24/2008 7:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Okay, I am flaring again and I had two small accidents. (There is no where else on earth that I would admit this.)

So the question is, how do I get the stains out of my clothes? I have tried "bleach for colors" poured directly on the stains, but that didn't get all of it out. It is a combination of blood and poo. This mostly on my brand new white Munnsingwear.

Sorry, this is terribly humiliating, but I need to know. Maybe it will help others too. Thanks.
49 - male - in North Carolina near Asheville
Asacol 9/day
Citalopram (anxiety/depression)
experimenting with probiotics/ spinach and sunflower seeds
stopped: Cortenemas and fish oil

Post Edited (WeirdBeard) : 11/24/2008 6:47:02 AM (GMT-7)


Gigi1227
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 11/24/2008 7:51 AM (GMT -6)   
HMMMMMM, interesting - what about white vinegar or peroxide? I know I use white vinegar for tough stains when I am cleaning, perhaps that will work.

Hope you feel better soon and don't be embarrassed here - we've all been in those shoes!

Gigi1227
Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
 
Canasa 2x a day
Asacol
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic
Psyllium
Fiber Wafer
Nictotine Patch
Fish Oil Pill
Multi Vitamin
B12
 
 


Winter
Regular Member


Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 210
   Posted 11/24/2008 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Peroxoide will remove blood from clothes. You can also soak clothes in salt water to remove blood.
Lialda 3 tablets  daily
Remicade every 8 weeks
Folid Acid daily
Methotrexate 3 times a week
Align Probiotic
 


ediekristen
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 1366
   Posted 11/24/2008 8:37 AM (GMT -6)   
The other day, I had a "period accident" and bled right through my jeans. I got the blood stain out by soaking it in cold water, and then spraying Zout on the stain. Then I scrubbed it and rinsed with warm water and repeated a few times and it came right out. I hear peroxide is good as well, as others have said, I just didn't have any around.

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg

 
 


Kiss520
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 742
   Posted 11/24/2008 9:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I've never tried it on blood or poop, but I've used Shout Advanced with a lot of success.  Its meant for stains that did not come out after washing and drying your clothes.  Spray a lot of in on the stain and leave it for a few hours, then wash as usual.  I've used it on stains from cooking oils and tomato-based foods and it always does the trick. 

Katie, 30.   Chicago 'burbs.
DX:  Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08)
Current Treament:  Asacol 400 MG 2X daily, Iron 325 MG 2X daily, Zoloft 50 MG daily, Multivitamin.
Diet:  Spinach/sunflower and low-residue.
Previous Treatment:  Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema.
Status:  Near total remission
 
 
 
 


jasperthedog
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 68
   Posted 11/24/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't know if you have heard of this or not... but in the cleaning section in the store there is something called Greased Lightning.  I use it on my clothes and it really helps get the stains out, especially greasy poo!  Good luck!

CARA  31 years  (female)
Medications:
Humira
Remicade
Proctofoam
Lialda
Prilosec OTC
Vicodin/Tramadol as needed
Phenergran/Zofran as needed
Viactiv Calcium Chews
Digestive Advantage
Canasa


Eva Lou
Veteran Member


Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 3442
   Posted 11/24/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I've never had much luck getting stains out- we do have that Greased Lightning stuff- I'll have to try it next time. I usually just wash the underwear out really well ASAP, then throw it in the laundry. It gets most of it out, maybe a little staining. If it's a really bad accident, I throw the underwear away. Hey, a 6 pack of Hanes is only about $5!

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


emory
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 327
   Posted 11/24/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Laundry! One of my favorite topics! (I'm not really kidding.) Weirdbeard, please don't feel humiliated; you know we've all been in your shoes.

Hydrogen peroxide, poured directly on the stain, is best for blood. It may not work as well when other materials are mixed in. And I've never had it work well on stains that have been washed; it needs to be poured on right away. It actually foams up and lifts the blood out of the fabric.

For poop, I would think about some of the stain removers meant for use on baby clothes. There's one in particular that I could only buy at Wal-Mart that I used to soak baby clothes in. It did a great job; unfortunately, I can't remember the name (it's been 5 years). It was kept in the baby section I think, not the detergent section, and it had a pink label.

These days, I often soak fabrics overnight in Oxiclean and hot water. (I buy a lot of vintage linens with old stains and rehab them to make them white again.) It is especially effective on white clothes.

To avoid extra laundry hassles, you could consider wearing liners in your underwear.
40, female
Dx ulcerative proctitis, 3-5 cm, June 2008 (after 5 weeks of blood and mucous) and still flaring
Canasa 1000 mg suppositories and 2 tsp smooth texture Metamucil nightly
25 mg hydrocortisone suppositories and 1 Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra in a.m.
Effexor 37.5, Remeron 30 mg, Clonazepam .5 mg (or more) and Trazodone 75 mg for sleep/anxiety
2.5 mg methimazole for thyroid
Trying acupuncture
Osteopenia and other assorted ailments


Lonie
Veteran Member


Date Joined Feb 2005
Total Posts : 6448
   Posted 11/24/2008 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Oxy Clean Stain Remover...works wonders!
Carol

Remicade - will have my 25th infusion on November 26 
Vitamin B-12/Biotin, Probiotics
 
Co-Moderator for the UC Forum
 
 


Old Hat
Veteran Member


Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 5182
   Posted 11/24/2008 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
If there is mucus involved as well as blood, try soaking in cold water 1st to loosen blood stains, then hot soapy water to dissolve mucus, which can be like glue. Wisk detergent is helpful against stains in general. You might want to invest in some disposable protective undergarments like Depends to wear under your clothing 'til your inflammation subsides. It's much easier to clean up after "accidents" if a UCer wears those in times of urgency.  smilewinkgrin  / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])

JingleBell
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 80
   Posted 11/24/2008 11:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I know you're a guy, but extra long panty liners for when you are flaring have been a life saver. Helps me to feel confident when going out into public. I also carry an emergency pack with me at all times. It contains an extra pair of underwear, baby wipes, extra liner, and a ziploc bag for solied clothes. Otherwise, I just soak clothes in washer with some Shout before washing. Good luck.
 


jujub
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Mar 2003
Total Posts : 10407
   Posted 11/24/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Chlorine bleach is great for removing such stains from white cotton. Put a cup in a full load, less for a smaller load. Use warm or hot water, soak for a few minutes then wash. If your washer has an "extra rinse" feature, it's good to use it to be sure all the chlorine is removed.
Judy
 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
Colazal,  Remicade, Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri. In remission since April, 2006.
"My life is an ongoing medical adventure"
 
Co-Moderator UC Forum
Please remember to consult your health care provider when making health-related decisions.


FitWithUC
Regular Member


Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 64
   Posted 11/24/2008 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I just throw in a Depends diaper during the night for those accidents (when flaring), I'm not ashamed of it, some years ago I went to the university in diapers and showed it to my friends, hehe.
Peter, 21. Puerto Rico
DX: Ulcerative Colitis as of 06/05
Remissions: Remission: 01/06 till 10/08
Current Treament: Asacol 2400 MG 2X daily, Rowassa nightly, 1MG Folic Acid, 40 MG Prednisone, Remicade, New ChapterĀ® Multivitamin, New ChapterĀ® All-Flora Probiotics, Dolomite Calcium Supplement
Status: Flare!!!!!!!!


Eva Lou
Veteran Member


Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 3442
   Posted 11/24/2008 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
JingleBell said...
I know you're a guy, but extra long panty liners for when you are flaring have been a life saver. Helps me to feel confident when going out into public. I also carry an emergency pack with me at all times. It contains an extra pair of underwear, baby wipes, extra liner, and a ziploc bag for solied clothes.

 You know, this is my life exactly! Everywhere I go. I forgot to mention the panty liners- I swear I am personally keeping CareFree in business. And I love your attitude, Sick Colon!
diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


pb4
Elite Member


Date Joined Feb 2004
Total Posts : 20577
   Posted 11/24/2008 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
And cold water works best on blood, especially when it's freshly soiled blood stains.

Don't be embarassed weirdbeard, you're not the first and won't be the last to have this issue (HUG)!

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


summerstorm
Veteran Member


Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 6571
   Posted 11/24/2008 11:55 PM (GMT -6)   
what emory is talking about is the dreft stain remover, babies r us also has a store brand of it, that really does work.
I havent had to clean up from this problem, but my husband is a nurse so we do have blood on clothes sometimes, plus i am constantly cutting myself.
My mom gets everything out with plain old ivory soap.

Another UC wife
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 2111
   Posted 11/25/2008 6:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Great suggestions above - the extra long panty liners is a daily regimine for hubby and sometimes changing it later in the day as well. For stain type situations they work very well and keep the briefs from getting stained.

61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days.  150mg Imuran  Zero mg prednisone  12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, fiber capsule 1x day, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema every other PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month


WeirdBeard
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 123
   Posted 11/25/2008 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow! What amazing kindness and support! I must admit that I was feeling pretty low and discouraged until I stopped in here. It seems that you can be doing everything right with this disease and it will still flare for no apparent reason.

I had some regular old Clorox and tried that last night as per Judy's instructions. That worked pretty well - you can't really see it anymore unless you know where to look. I am also going to prepare an emergency kit and maybe shop for Depends.

Thanks for all the great advice, and for the great support. You guys really lifted my spirits. :-) What a great place this is.
49 - male - in North Carolina near Asheville
Asacol 9/day
Citalopram (anxiety/depression)
experimenting with probiotics/ spinach and sunflower seeds
stopped: Cortenemas and fish oil


Eva Lou
Veteran Member


Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 3442
   Posted 11/25/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Good! You just gotta laugh, even though it can be tough some days.

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
Culturelle
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


Another UC wife
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 2111
   Posted 11/25/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
This is ABSOLUTELY the place to come to try to get help.  Of course always check with your doctor but sometimes they are at their wits end and after much reading and taking notes and checking the signature lines of different people on this site it helps point you in a certain direction and opens dialogue with your doctor about different things to try.
 
I have sat at this keyboard and cried and laughed my head off.  Bottom line it is like having a huge support network without having to go out to meetings which would only have a small group of people and probably only meet once a month.  Plus the anonymity makes it a heck of a lot easier to ask even the most embarrasing questions....although nothing is really embarrassing here.
 
I am the "secretary" and gather info, facts etc and then discuss it with hubby as he won't take the time to do this and for the longest time really couldn't sit for any length of time at the computer anyway to do so.  I have cut and pasted and printed off so much info in the beginning which really helped a lot.  It can get overwhelming sometimes and too hard for the brain to retain it all.
 
So welcome to this forum where you already have found is really quite the place.

61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days.  150mg Imuran  Zero mg prednisone  12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, fiber capsule 1x day, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema every other PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month


Another UC wife
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 2111
   Posted 11/25/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
One more thing......hubby prefers the dark colored BVD's now as opposed to white ones.  Of course you still have to treat the stains but it camoflauges things so much better.  Sometimes it is just too hard to get the white to stay like new.

61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days.  150mg Imuran  Zero mg prednisone  12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, fiber capsule 1x day, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 20 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema every other PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Thursday, June 21, 2018 2:53 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 2,974,027 posts in 326,233 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 161221 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, lavenderjacquelynn.
254 Guest(s), 1 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
ambling