11-30-2015, 03:51 PM
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Lately some of our darker towels have developed "bleached" areas when I have used them after shaving.  So far as I know, I am not using anything with actual bleach in it, just the usual shaving soaps, witch hazel, and aftershaves and balms.  I just can't figure out what is discoloring the towels.  Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, could you identify the problem agent?

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 11-30-2015, 04:10 PM
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  • Mouser
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Hmmm, I've never noticed that but then I wouldn't since all my towels are white. Weird though.

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 11-30-2015, 04:35 PM
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The only think I can think of is certain acne products can bleach clothing. 

The are also used to treat ingrown hairs...

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 11-30-2015, 04:37 PM
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That happened to me with a lot of products including facewash, toothpaste, and some of my shaving stuff. I don't know what exactly causes it so I'm afraid I can't help you there. I made the switch to pure white towels so I can bleach them and I'm glad I did.

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 11-30-2015, 04:46 PM
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(11-30-2015, 03:51 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: Lately some of our darker towels have developed "bleached" areas when I have used them after shaving.  So far as I know, I am not using anything with actual bleach in it, just the usual shaving soaps, witch hazel, and aftershaves and balms.  I just can't figure out what is discoloring the towels.  Has anyone else had this problem, and if so, could you identify the problem agent?

That happened to me and ruin brand new towels.  Needless to say my wife was pissed.

I bought some white towels just for shaving duties.   Tried to figure out what it was, no luck.

I though it was the alum block, but still happened anyway. Huh

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 12-01-2015, 09:40 AM
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Well, I suspect some kind of chemical reaction, but it's not really a major problem.  As some have suggested, I'll just get some cheap white towels to use after shaving.

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 12-01-2015, 10:15 AM
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Look for anything in the ingredients that say oxide at the end.

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 12-01-2015, 05:12 PM
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It may be something that has a reaction with laundry detergent

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 12-05-2015, 04:17 AM
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Some of my white towels will develop discolorations which I attribute to the various soaps.....so, I just bleach or sometimes chuck.
Get your cheap towels at Wally World and don't worry about it.

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 12-05-2015, 05:25 AM
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Its a chemical reaction. Something you use on youf face is chemically reacting with the laundry soap fabric softener that you usr.

No big issues. Its only towels. My sweat xhemically reacts woth most metals and alloys used to make eyeglasses. a year and i can corrode "titanium" frames out.

Most colored towels and shirts from walmart havr color fading issues toi.

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