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Jun 22, 2011
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So, I just moved into a building with high efficiency washing machines. Can I still wash my rope in the H.E. washing machine? koreo
From Denver, CO
Joined Aug 24, 2009
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Jun 22, 2011
of course. i'd say its better to wash it in a HE machine.

make sure to run a cycle or two prior to washing to clear out any weird residue in the machine.

if its a top loader with an agitator, make sure to daisy chain and bag it lest you destroy the machine.
John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Joined Feb 1, 2004
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Jun 22, 2011
El Chorro
Other that it being a waste of money and water, running a few cycles on empty doesn't guarantee that you've gotten all chemicals out of the washer. I personally wouldn't put my rope in a machine that's been used by the general public. People do really weird things... you never know what's been in those machines.

Clean your bathtub really well and use that. Better yet, get some contractor plastic or a tarp and line the tub with that.
Ryan Williams
From London (sort of)
Joined May 10, 2009
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Jun 22, 2011
I've always used warm water in my bathtub, no chemicals or soap added. I always do it just before I was going to clean the tub anyway. Carl Sherven
Joined Dec 30, 2007
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Jun 22, 2011
I take it into the shower every once in a while and do a coil or two.:) The Mother Ship
Joined Jun 15, 2011
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Jun 22, 2011
How often do you all wash your rope? And what rope do you have? I feel like some ropes get dirty a lot faster than others.

I have a mammut axis 10.5 mm it seems like every 10 days of sport climbing it needs a good wash.

Thanks
John Fodor
From Bolder, Co
Joined Oct 24, 2007
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Jun 22, 2011
El Chorro
For some reason Sterling Evolution 9.8 seem to get black. I've had two and seen many others and they just stay black, even after a washing. Shame, 'cuz it's an awesome rope, but I'm going to be researching next time I buy so that I don't end up w/ black hands at the end of the day. Ryan Williams
From London (sort of)
Joined May 10, 2009
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Jun 22, 2011
I clean and rinse my bathtub really well. Then use body temp water and a modest amount of Dawn original dish soap it has no phosphates, this is what is used to clean marine wildlife after oil spills (dont use the sented type). After cleaning thourouly, drain the water and rinse what seems like a ridiculous amount of time. Dry in a very loose coil in the shade, turn every few hours to get consistant drying. Dan Richards
From Foothill Ranch CA
Joined Mar 6, 2011
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