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Washing Handkerchiefs?

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  • The_HPThe_HP Member
    edited August 2014 PM
    Hello.

    This is a subject near and dear to me, as you will soon see.

    While I have only recently taken to nasal snuff, I have since boyhood carried two handkerchiefs at all times. It was a trait instilled in my by my Grampa - and one with reason.

    In my back pocket I carry what most would call a bandanna, usually in blue or some other dark color. This is the wipe your nose, buff your shoe, wipe the sweat from your brow, make a sling for a sprained arm bandanna, and it sees the most use. I have at this point likely 4 or 5 dozen, and I collect the soiled one each day in a small basket, which when once filled they are removed to the sink and soaked in hot water with suds from my shaving soap , then wrung out and laundered with my denims.

    In my left pocket however I carry a linen or cotton handkerchief, which I am particular in the pressing of, in case I need one to offer someone else. The fairer sex , by the way, are suckers for that old school charm even in this most modern of ages, when a gentleman's linen is offered when upset or a drink is spilled upon them. ( And gentlemen, once proffered, never ask for it's return. You just might find it returned later , in a very appreciative manner ). These I also collect, and since they are by their nature not soiled just rumpled I toss them in with the wife's dedicates, to be pressed and cycled through again.

    The HP
  • Brown hankies are hard to find in the UK - so a dozen cheap white ones from eBay and a tube of brown fabric dye solves that one. For washing, a pre-soak in the sink with detergent to remove the slime and vegetable matter then in the machine with the regular laundry works for me.
  • The_HPThe_HP Member
    edited August 2014 PM
    Brown hankies are hard to find in the UK - so a dozen cheap white ones from eBay and a tube of brown fabric dye solves that one. For washing, a pre-soak in the sink with detergent to remove the slime and vegetable matter then in the machine with the regular laundry works for me.
    In my part of the US we have a chain of stores called Dollar General - I have found the have a decent amount of dark bandannas ( blue, black, dark green, camo, etc etc ) for an average price of $1 each ...
  • For my two "handkerchiefs" I just took an old dark green cotton t-shirt and cut 2 pieces from it. Both pieces are the same size as the 1 white hankie I have. I didn't want to use the white one. As for washing them, I only use them to dust off my nose after snuffing and rarely blow my nose into them. I use tissue or paper towels to blow into so when I wash my green t-shirt hankies they're never really that bad so I just throw them in the washer. I would say even the dirtiest hankie should be fine to just throw in the washer because recently I got bicycle chain grease all over a pair of athletic shorts of mine and I threw those in with a load of laundry that had white shirts and everything was fine. If black grease doesn't spread onto other clothes or mess anything up I would say a snuff/mucus covered hankie would be fine.
  • Oh a handerchief is utmost important if you are an all day snuffer. Its more of a necessity than an accessory. I usually use soft cotton handkerchiefs (as large as are available) which are dark in color. They can be washed in hot (yes, hot, not warm) water with a mild detergent and become softer on the use with each wash. Ideal for anyone who uses snuff.
  • I have white handkerchiefs.  My average is 5 a day.  I sometimes wonder if I'm doing something wrong, but I am at it pretty much all day

    I didn't know about these techniques for washing.  Once I've accumulated a lot of these things, I'll have to try some of them

    Cheers :)
  • Is any handkerchief appropriate to use for snuff, or are there snuff specific handkerchiefs? I got some handkerchiefs from Amazon.
  • I bought a cheapo 25 pack on ebay a few years back. They're rough, but improved with washing over the years. However, since I'm working from home, I've been favoring a thick jersey sheet pillow case. (no shame) It's soft and catches all the errant snuff. Too bad even I'M not shameless enough to bring it out in public.   :))
  • @MrManGuy as long as it's soft you're good, anything cotton. I prefer bandanas, the paisley pattern hides the massive brown snot spots.
  • Black bandannas for me. I wash them in the bath and then put them into the washing machine,
  • For outside, for better appearance sake i have brown handkerchiefs, cotton, and i find they wash just fine with other coloured laundry, but they're less absorbent than my next 2 choices.
    But at home, i use brown cotton teatowels ( less than a tenner on well known site beginning with A for 6), and any colour microfibre cloths ( lovely and soft, similar price same site). Again, they wash just fine with coloured laundry in the machine. 
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