Conventional Clean Person wisdom states that once a stained garment has been through the dryer, that stain is set-in. Of course, I’m not a conventional Clean Person! I’ve also had personal experience with stained items going through the dryer and so I’ve lived this and can attest to the efficacy of a stain-removal technique I refer to as The Long Soak.

The Long Soak

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Let’s talk about this technique because it’s really the technique that’s so critical, much more so than the stain removal products. Those are important, too! But it’s the extended exposure to the product that’s really going to do the job here. (Stain Removal 10028)

So this is what you will do: Dissolve a liberal scoop of a powdered stain remover (more on that down-section) in enough high temp water to completely submerge the stained clothes. High temp water is perfect since it will break up the powder more successfully than cool water, and furthermore on the grounds that boiling water has additional stain-battling power. Presently, the dilute will clearly cool while the dousing happens, and that is alright. You won’t have to go into reviving the drenching answer for keeping it hot, yet beginning with high temp water is great, given the texture being splashed can endure it. In other words, don’t utilize boiling water on woolens! (Stain Removal 10028)

What’s more, where will this drenching happen? All things considered, sinks are a decent choice, however, you’ll have to consider that the sink will be out for the count for a few hours. Along these lines, while a kitchen sink may be the correct size for drenching a couple of ketchup-stained shirts, it won’t be perfect not to utilize your kitchen sink for those couple of hours. A utility sink, the bath, a vast basin, a kiddie pool … those are for the most part choices. The thought is only that you require a vessel sufficiently enormous to hold water and the stained articles of clothing that can be left undisturbed for an hour up to medium-term. In the event that you have a standard clothes washer that takes into consideration it, you can likewise do the absorbing right the machine by topping it off and afterward ceasing the cycle for a couple of hours.

Discussing an hour up to medium-term! The more you can leave the pieces of clothing to douse, the better. Presently, saying this doesn’t imply that you should abandon them for quite a long time, however, the douse will be considerably more powerful on the off chance that you leave the clothes be for a few hours. In my own life, I’ve discovered that putting a clump of stained things in the arrangement just before I go to quaint little inn washing them the following morning functions admirably. (Stain Removal 10028)

In the wake of dousing, deplete the splashing arrangement, and press down on the clothes to expel water (abstain from wringing them out, which can pressure the strands). At that point basically, wash of course. Simply recollect that the clothes are now immersed with whatever item you absorbed them, so you won’t have to add additional to the clothes washer. (Stain Removal 10028)

 

Stain Removal Agents

But what products to use for this Long Soak? Well, you have options! Some are harsher than others, so you’ll want to consider how relatively sturdy the garment in question is and choose a gentler formula for more delicate items. (Stain Removal 10028)

OxiClean, Clorox Oxi Magic and Biz (Stain Removal 10028)

OxiClean, Clorox Oxi Magic and Biz are all oxygen bleach formulas (which are different from chlorine bleach, and can be safely used on colors) that also contain enzymes. These are GREAT choices for The Long Soak. (Stain Removal 10028)

Borax (Stain Removal 10028)

Borax is a mineral compound that is used for a number of household uses, including as an insect repellant. It’s also quite good as a stain remover, and 20 Mule Team Borax is a popular laundry booster for that reason. Fun fact: My mom used to use it on my baby clothes. She also sent me a very huffy email when I first started writing Ask a Clean Person demanding to know why I hadn’t mentioned Borax when, after all, it was what she used to keep my baby clothes stain-free. I was like, “Umm, Mom? I didn’t know you used Borax on my baby clothes because I was a baby.” LOL moms, thank God for ‘em. (Stain Removal 10028)

Cascade (Stain Removal 10028)

This is what I call The Big Guns: Cascade dishwasher detergent. Yup! It must be the powdered kind, and you’ll definitely want to be aware that it can have a bleaching effect, so it’s best reserved for white and light-colored clothing. But it is very, very, very good and, in fact, was the product I used to get the black marks out of the white towels that had gotten stained in the dryer thanks to those blasted hedgehog dryer balls. (Stain Removal 10028)
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Engleside Restoration

Engleside Restoration is a wonderful product for vintage, antique or delicate items like christening gowns or handmade blankets that require a highly gentle stain removing agent. Most of your kid’s clothes won’t need such a highly specialized product, but it’s good to know about, especially as we head into the holidays, what with their fancy party dresses and adorable little velvet short pants. (Stain Removal 10028)

Concerns About Skin Sensitivity

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One last tip for those concerned about lingering product residue on clothes coming in contact with baby’s sensitive skin: If your washing machine offers an extra rinse cycle, use it. The extra rinse will help to full relieve the garment of detergent and laundry boosters used to remove tricky stains. If you don’t have an extra rinse cycle, simply run a second wash cycle without any product to wash away any product residue. (Stain Removal 10028)

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