- Question for chemists about clothes washing
I would imagine that a fair few organic solvents would dissolve latex. How easily you can get hold of them is a different story – I’d try maybe nail varnish remover (Butyl or ethyl acetate…scraping the barrel here… 😕 ) or maybe acetone, or longer chain alkanes…e.g. Hexane or Octane. Hell, try petrol if you have some. That’s what my mum always did.
EDIT: Aren’t there stories of organic lubricants dissolving condoms? Which is why you’re always supposed to use water based ones.
RE-EDIT: I did really used to be a chemist once. 🙂Posted 4 years agopolyMember
Natural latex (which is what I assume is in stans) is not one simple molecule that you can easily predict solubility for. Latex will dissolve in some things – but many of those things would remove colour (or damage the fabric!) of the shorts. They are also likely to be expensive to get your hands on unless you have a sneaky supply – in which case you probably wouldn’t be asking here!
If they were very important or valuable shorts I’d take them to the dry cleaners.Posted 4 years ago
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