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Old 09/28/2011, 09:56 AM   #1
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Washing filter socks?

Like the title says, can you do this?


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Old 09/28/2011, 10:06 AM   #2
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options are :

power wash.


bleach [rinse well after]

or get a bunch, and exchange them, and when a bunch are dirty, do a load in washing machine, with no soap. I do 2 rounds, to get any soup residue out.


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Old 09/28/2011, 10:42 AM   #3
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I have 2. Change it out,chunk it in the washer by itself no soap. Repeat


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Old 09/28/2011, 10:43 AM   #4
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Oh, and air dry


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Old 09/28/2011, 10:51 AM   #5
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I have 2. Change it out,chunk it in the washer by itself no soap. Repeat
+1...although I use a little bleach.

I wash one while I use another so it's air drying for over a week before it's used. I was going to buy a bunch so I wasn't running the washer for 1 friggin' sock, but I haven't yet.


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Old 09/28/2011, 10:53 AM   #6
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I usually just spray them out with a hose on the jet setting. works fine for me.


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Old 09/28/2011, 10:58 AM   #7
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I forgot to mention I turn it inside out. Those things would stink to high he'll if you let them sit around.


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Old 09/28/2011, 11:05 AM   #8
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I always just turn it inside out wash it with the water hose, and then throw it in the wash machine with a little bit of bleach.


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Old 09/28/2011, 12:04 PM   #9
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I take my socks outside and set my water hose sprayer to the JET setting. I spray the outside really good, then turn it inside out and spray again. Takes about 5 minutes to get it totally clean. I have also thrown them in the washer, but they tend to come out smelling a bit like fabric softner (even though I dont add soap or softner to the sock wash). I assume its residual from washer use, and I dont feel super comfortable putting them in the tank like that.


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Old 09/28/2011, 12:07 PM   #10
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I forgot to mention I turn it inside out. Those things would stink to high he'll if you let them sit around.
Oh my gosh, yes. I made the mistake once of letting 3-4 dirty socks soak in a bucket of water for a few days and the stench was overwhelming!


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Old 09/28/2011, 01:23 PM   #11
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If you hang them it's not as bad...they dry out pretty quick. But then again I kept them in my basement.


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Old 09/28/2011, 01:53 PM   #12
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I bought about 12 of them from bulk reef supply for $4.80 each,200 micron, I wait till a lot are dirty, toss them inthe wash with a little bit of bleach, and let air dry. they are great!!


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Old 09/28/2011, 03:21 PM   #13
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or get a bunch, and exchange them, and when a bunch are dirty, do a load in washing machine, with no soap. I do 2 rounds, to get any soup residue out.
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Old 09/28/2011, 05:05 PM   #14
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I always turn mine wrong side out and wear it in the shower like a sock cap. Comes out squeaky clean just like me.


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Old 09/28/2011, 05:18 PM   #15
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Ffter 6 months of turning felt socks inside out and washing, I switched to mesh from BRS and it's so much easier to rinse out


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Old 09/28/2011, 09:39 PM   #16
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thx for all the replies guys, just thinking if I can do this with filter socks can I also do this with media bags (e.g. the one holding carbon in my sump)?


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Old 09/28/2011, 09:43 PM   #17
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with my filter socks i always just put them in the washer with 1 cup of bleach and put it on 2 rinse cycles. they come out looking brand new.


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Old 09/29/2011, 07:30 AM   #18
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Yep, I wash mine once a week...I have at least a dozen of them that I rotate through. I use water and bleach in the washing machine, then I let it dry out for a few days so there's no chlorine residue. Never have had a problem due to it.


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Another thing that works is turning them inside out rinsing it out and just hit it against either concrete or in ur shower floor and u see all the balck and brown from the filter run out, soak it again and repeat the process like 2 -3 times it works great for me. Only reason I do that is because if the lady catches me throwing it in the laundry , I wont hear the end of it.


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Old 09/29/2011, 11:07 AM   #20
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Another thing that works is turning them inside out rinsing it out and just hit it against either concrete or in ur shower floor and u see all the balck and brown from the filter run out, soak it again and repeat the process like 2 -3 times it works great for me. Only reason I do that is because if the lady catches me throwing it in the laundry , I wont hear the end of it.
you need to up your levels of sneakiness


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Old 09/29/2011, 12:00 PM   #21
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I take my socks outside and set my water hose sprayer to the JET setting. I spray the outside really good, then turn it inside out and spray again.
Same here. Mine do not get residual fabric softener scent after.


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Old 09/29/2011, 02:40 PM   #22
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i turn mine inside out then throw them in the waster(without soap). Then i dunk it in a bucket of RO/DI water a few times to rinse it out. They are ready for uses.


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Old 09/29/2011, 05:05 PM   #23
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200 micron mesh from BRS. Much easier to clean than felt type and last much longer for me. I don't have to throw in wash or use a spray nozzle any more. I just rinse inside and out in the kitchen sink because they trap the junk but don't hold it when rinsing like felt does.

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+1 on hose with the jet nozzle... just read this thread and tried it... worked great...


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Old 06/19/2012, 06:26 PM   #25
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200 micron mesh from BRS. Much easier to clean than felt type and last much longer for me. I don't have to throw in wash or use a spray nozzle any more. I just rinse inside and out in the kitchen sink because they trap the junk but don't hold it when rinsing like felt does.

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