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    A quick FYI

    If you ever spill fixer onto a towel, make sure that that towel doesn't make it into a load a laundry.

    All my whites smell like a blasted darkroom now.
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    Collect up the affected whites and give them a long wash, just as you would a print, including multiple changes of water (every five minutes, and wash for an hour). The fixer is bound to the cotton fibers, and will take a long time to wash clear (though it likely would be helped by pre-washing in a strongish sodium sulfite solution).
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    Wash the towel in salt water, then another in plain.

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    After discovering that myself, I decided the concept of the "darkroom towel" was just not a good one, and I've reverted to paper towels in the darkroom.
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    oxyclean, just one scoop, followed by a fabric dryer sheet in the drying cycle. Works wonders for even towels that have been used to clean a dog sprayed by a skunk.
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    Well, this is good info! I have been gathering up my darkroom towels, not really sure what to do about getting them clean. I was a wee bit concerned about putting them in with the regular laundry, so I've got a small pile of them building up! :o
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    FYI old towels relegated to the darkroom are a MAJOR source of airborne lint. The hard restaurant style cloth napkins are better, but I'd still like to find a cost effective non linting wipe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glbeas
    FYI old towels relegated to the darkroom are a MAJOR source of airborne lint. The hard restaurant style cloth napkins are better, but I'd still like to find a cost effective non linting wipe.
    Those new microfiber clothes, the kind that look like chamoise's
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    Quote Originally Posted by glbeas
    FYI old towels relegated to the darkroom are a MAJOR source of airborne lint. The hard restaurant style cloth napkins are better, but I'd still like to find a cost effective non linting wipe.

    It wasn't relagated to my darkroom. It was relegated to be the spill cloth under my uniroller in the tupperware bin I run it in in my bedroom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Donald Qualls
    Collect up the affected whites and give them a long wash, just as you would a print, including multiple changes of water (every five minutes, and wash for an hour). The fixer is bound to the cotton fibers, and will take a long time to wash clear (though it likely would be helped by pre-washing in a strongish sodium sulfite solution).
    How 'bout some hypo clear in the rinse cycle? (just kidding!)


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