How to Get Rid of Set-In Laundry Stains

Not many laundry mishaps compare to the frustration of pulling a garment from the dryer and realizing you didn't pre-treat a stain. The heat from a conventional dryer can set stains into fabric, making them challenging and sometimes near impossible to remove. You can enhance your odds of successfully lifting set-in laundry stains by applying some common cleaning supplies to stubborn garment discolorations. Implement these methods to safely remove unwanted stains from your clothing.

General Stains

Step 1

Put on protective gloves.

Step 2

Make a paste with 1 tbsp of oxygen bleach powder and 1/2 cup of water.

Step 3

Test the paste on an inconspicuous portion of the garment before applying to the stain. Blot the paste with a cotton cloth and let set for one minute. Rinse the area with a damp sponge. If no damage occurs to the fabric, continue with the cleaning procedure.

Step 4

Apply the paste to the stained fabric with your finger and gently scrub the stain with a soft bristled brush.

Step 5

Allow the paste to set on the fabric for one hour.

Step 6

Add another dab of paste to the stained fabric and work the area again with a soft bristled brush.

Step 7

Wash the garment in a washing machine with your regular laundry detergent and 1 tbsp of oxygen bleach powder.

Mild Soap Bar Method

Step 1

Soak the stained area with cold water.

Step 2

Rub the stain with a bar of mild non-additive soap. Allow to set for one minute.

Step 3

Rinse the area with cold water. If the stain is not gone, continue to the next step.

Step 4

Rub the stain again with the mild soap bar then soak in a sink of cold water with 1/2 cup of powdered laundry detergent for 30 minutes.

Step 5

Remove the garment from the sink and wring out excess water. Rub a bit more soap onto the stain and scrub with a soft bristled brush. Rinse thoroughly.