How to Get Liquid Butter Stains Out of Cotton Clothes

While liquid butter tastes delicious on your English muffin or your ear of corn, you don't like it quite so much when it drips onto your clothes. Acting similarly to a grease or oil stain, butter stains won't simply wash out of your clothing; they require a little more care. If liquid butter has found its way onto your cotton clothing, it can seem like a disaster. With a little quick thinking and the right materials at hand, liquid butter can be eliminated as though it was never there to begin with.

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Step 1

Blot up as much of the butter as possible with a paper towel. If the stain has had time to set, use a plastic utensil to scrape away any liquid butter that may have hardened on the surface of the fabric.

Step 2

Hold the stained area under hot running water to help rinse away as much of the butter as possible.

Step 3

Lay the garment flat with the stain facing up.

Step 4

Squeeze a grease-cutting dish soap liberally over the stained area and work it into the fabric with a clean cloth.

Step 5

Allow the dish soap to sit on the stain for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 6

Launder the garment with a bleach-free laundry detergent in the hottest water allowable for the garment.

Step 7

Add a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle.

Step 8

Remove the garment from the washing machine and visually inspect it to see if the stain persists. If it does, repeat the process before putting the garment in the dryer.

Melynda Sorrels

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.