Stain Removal Guide

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      Stain Removal Guide

      Asphalt, Tar Scrape excess from fabric with a dull knife. Sponge with

      dry-cleaning solvent. Rinse with water. Apply detergent to stain.

      Launder,

      using hottest water for fabric. Use chlorine bleach if safe for

      fabric.

      Beverages (Wine, Alcohol and Soft Drinks) Sponge with cool water.

      Soak for 15

      minutes in 1 qt. of lukewarm water, 1/2 tsp. liquid dish detergent

      and 1

      Tbsp. of white vinegar. Launder. If stain remains, soak in an enzyme

      presoak

      for 30 minutes.

      Blood Soak in cold water for 30 minutes. Wash with warm water and a

      detergent. If stain remains, soak in an enzyme presoak and lukewarm

      water for

      15 to 30 minutes or apply a few drops of hydrogen peroxide. For old

      stains,

      apply a few drops of ammonia and wash with detergent.

      Candle Wax Scrape excess from fabric with a dull knife. Spray or

      sponge with

      dry-cleaning solvent, then rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent before

      washing. Pressing the wax between paper may set the candle dye more

      permanently by making it harder for the solvent to penetrate the wax.

      Launder

      using hot water and chlorine bleach if safe for fabric.

      Catsup or Tomato-based Stains Remove excess with a dull knife. Soak

      in cool

      water for 30 minutes. Work liquid dish detergent into the stain and

      launder

      in warm or hot water and chlorine bleach if safe for fabric. If stain

      re

      mains, soak 30 minutes in enzyme presoak. Rinse and launder.

      Chewing Gum Rub with ice cube and remove excess with a dull knife.

      Sponge

      with dry-cleaning solvent or prewash stain remover and rinse with

      water.

      Launder garment as usual.

      Chocolate or Cocoa Sponge with dry-cleaning solvent or treat with

      prewash

      stain remover. Rinse. Apply liquid dish detergent to stain. Launder

      using hot

      water and chlorine bleach if safe for fabric. If stain remains, soak

      for 30

      minutes in enzyme presoak. Rinse and launder. OR Bleach chocolate

      stains with

      hydrogen peroxide. Rinse with water and wash as usual.

      Coffee, Tea (No Cream) Soak in solution of 1 qt. water, 1/2 tsp.

      liquid dish

      detergent and 1 Tbsp. vinegar for 15 minutes. Rinse with water. If

      stain

      remains, sponge with alcohol or soak in enzyme presoak and warm water

      for 30

      minutes.

      Coffee with Cream Pretreat area with prewash stain remover. Rinse.

      Rub in

      heavy-duty liquid detergent and launder in hottest water possible for

      fabric.

      Cosmetics (Powder, Eyeliner, Shadow, Etc.) Sponge with dry-cleaning

      solvent

      or use prewash stain remover. Rinse with water and air dry. Apply

      liquid dish

      detergent to stain and launder in hottest water possible for fabric.

      Crayons, Wax Remove excess with a dull knife. Place stained area face

      down on

      paper towels and spray with WD-40® lubricant. After a few minutes,

      turn over

      fabric and spray other side. Work liquid dish detergent into stain.

      Launder

      using hottest water possible and chlorine bleach if safe for fabric.

      Crayon (in Load of Clothes) Scrape off excess with a dull knife. Wash

      in hot,

      soft water with soap (Ivory®) and 1/2 c. of baking soda for 10

      minutes. If

      stain remains, work in soap paste and run again for five minutes. OR

      Take

      load to a dry cleaning coin-operated machine or to a professional dry

      cleaner

      and ask for bulk cleaning.

      Cream, Milk and Ice Cream Sponge with dry-cleaning solvent, prewash

      stain

      remover or dry spotter (see recipe). Allow to dry. Rinse with water.

      Apply

      liquid dish detergent and launder in hottest water possible for

      fabric. OR

      Soak in warm water and enzyme presoak for 15 to 30 minutes, then

      launder.

      Deodorants, Antiperspirants Soak in cool water. Apply detergent to

      stain and

      launder. If fabric is discolored, treat fresh stains with ammonia and

      old

      stains with vinegar.

      Dye Transfer Pretreat stain with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Rinse.

      Soak u

      sing oxygen bleach. If stain remains and fabric is white, soak

      garment in

      diluted chlorine bleach (1 part bleach to 3 parts water). Launder.

      Note: Today’s dyes cannot be made colorfast if salt or vinegar is

      used.

      Egg Soak in cool water with enzyme presoak for 15-30 minutes. Rinse

      and let

      dry. Rub in detergent before laundering. If greasy stain remains,

      apply

      prewash stain remover and launder.

      Fabric Softener Dampen the area and rub with bar soap. Launder the

      garment as

      usual.

      Fruits or Berries Soak in 1 qt. warm water, 1 tsp. liquid dish

      detergent and

      1 Tbsp. white vinegar for 15 minutes. Rinse. If stain remains, sponge

      with

      alcohol, rinse and launder. If color stain remains, launder using

      chlorine

      bleach if safe for fabric or use an oxygen bleach.

      Grass Sponge with dry-cleaning solvent until the stain is removed.

      Rinse and

      dry. Spray on wet spotter and several drops of white vinegar. Rinse.

      If stain

      remains, sponge with alcohol and thoroughly rinse. Apply detergent to

      stain

      and launder. Add chlorine bleach if safe for fabric.

      Gravy Sponge with dry-cleaning solvent or use prewash stain remover.

      Rinse

      with water. Air dry, then apply heavy-duty liquid detergent to stain

      and

      launder. OR Soak in warm water and enzyme presoak for 15 to 30

      minutes.

      Launder.

      Grease, Oil and Butter Sponge with dry-cleaning solvent, then air

      dry. Apply

      detergent to stain and launder. OR Use prewash stain remover and

      launder.

      Hair Spray Sponge with dry-cleaning solvent or dry spotter. Rinse and

      allow

      to dry. Repeat until stain is gone. Rub with heavy-duty liquid

      detergent

      before washing.

      Ink, Ball Point, Felt Tip Marker Sponge on any of the following until

      stain

      is forced out: dry-cleaning solvent, alcohol, acetone or prewash stain

      remover. Let dry. Repeat if necessary. If any stain remains, apply

      heavy-duty

      liquid detergent and launder. Certain hair sprays are effective on

      ball

      point, but some may leave a gummy residue and perfume.

      Lipstick Apply dry-cleaning solvent or dry spotter. Blot with

      absorbent

      material. Continue treatment until color is gone. Rinse and air dry.

      Rub in

      liquid dish detergent and launder. OR Use prewash stain remover and

      launder.

      Mayonnaise, Salad Dressing Sponge with dry-cleaning solvent or use

      prewash

      stain remover. Rinse with water. Air dry. Apply detergent to stain and

      launder

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