Monday, December 29, 2008

On Stained Clothes

Thanks so much for all your great suggestions! I think there's a big loyalty to Dawn dishsoap around here. My mom's always been a Palmolive girl - and I am too. But the result should be the same. Unfortunately it started raining Sunday night and has not let up yet. We don't have a dryer, so everything is taking forever on the drying rack inside (you know how well drying clothes on a rack during a rainstorm goes... Like molasses running uphill!). So I'm not sure if some things have come clean.

We don't have Oxyclean here, but we do have Frend - which is on the same concept. Like one person commented - if Frend doesn't work, nothing will. Well, I was afraid of that.

The rust items are still stained.

The grease stain looks better, but it's a dark colored top and it's still wet - so I'll know better this evening. It soaked for a while in dishsoap before being washed again.

The yellow dress of Oceana's with the grease/dirt stains came clean in Palmolive.

The purple top with stains (more recent) came clean, the skirt did not. But it'll go back in the Palmolive. It's brand new, so I'm not giving up too easily.

I think the newest comment about dying the stained items may be in the works. It's a beautiful homemade dress I made Oceana, and I can't deal with it being ruined this soon. Also, one is my maternity top! Can't give those up! Both items are light colored (yellow and light pink) so they'd probably take a reddish pink dying pretty well. It's an idea.

Gotta run, need a shower and have to be out of the house is 20-25 minutes for my midwife's appointment. Oops!


  1. Susie, I have all the faith in the world in Heloise! Try asking or looking around on her website. The woman (or her mother before her) knows just about everything & I could almost swear (in a good way of course! ha,ha) that I've seen something similar in one of her columns.

  2. Stains can be the most discouraging things. I always spill when eating... or cooking and them I have a stain... usually up front and center. With kids it is always a gamble to dress them in anything but play clothes. I sympathize with your not wanting to have things ruined when they are so like brand new.
    Hang in there! From what I hear... if you can be patient and try removal technics over & over til the stain is out... it works.
    Good Luck!
    ps. sorry the weather is not cooperating with you on this one.

  3. Grease stains come out great with that Orange Cleaner junk you use for your hands after working on cars. I scrub it in with an old toothbrush and just let it sit 20-30 minutes before washing like usual. I've yet to have it not work.

  4. Keep up the good work. Sometimes you just have to be MORE persistant than the stain.

  5. Any Updates on your stain removal? What finally worked?