too dirty for washing machine?

Old 05-11-22, 12:52 PM
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too dirty for washing machine?

When I work with hay, I get little pieces all stuck to my socks, etc..Can I just throw these clothes into the washing machine? Or will I overload it w/ debris and cause a problem in the drainage system or something?
Old 05-11-22, 01:07 PM
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That's hard to say. A standard top loader would probably be ok.
The pump may not like the pieces.

Those pieces would probably get in the tub seal on a front loader.
That would not be good.
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Old 05-11-22, 03:42 PM
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I hose myself off with a leaf blower to remove debris like that before even thinking of going inside the house.
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I'd think a leaf blower would be awkward to use, I often use a blow gun/air compressor to get rid of the worse before going to the house. On occasion I have removed my clothes while on the porch and beat them against a post BUT my house can't be seen from the road
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Back when my summer job was tree-trimming, grass-cutting, landscaping, in warm weather, I'd usually wash down outside with a garden hose to get the mud, grit, leaves, etc. off.

If you have any really dirty clothes, thick mud or lots of leaves- THAT is what a utility sink is meant for-
the better ones have a spigot with a garden hose connection, so you can run warm/hot water through a garden hose and wash-down outside with a garden hose nozzle sprayer.
Then dump the dirty clothes in the utility sink to soak, that generally loosens the dirt - hay leaves etc. You'll want a fine-mesh screen strainer in the bottom of the utility sink to keep the grit & leaves out of the pipes.

In colder weather, I'd usually just take off my boots, and wear the dirty clothes into the shower, put down a dish towel to catch the largest debris and keep it from going down the drain, and use the showerhead to rinse the mud, grit, and leaves off. Then let the shower drain and shake out the dishtowel outside before washing it.
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