Removing Unknown Stains on Towels

I just bought beautiful hand towels from Williams Sonoma Home for my guest bathroom. They are waffle weave on one side, plush terry on the other and linen colored.


We had a bunch of guests over the weekend and at the end I discovered one of the towels has 3 weird stains on it. There are 3 pinkish-orangish stains that look almost like dye transfer or as if someone bleached out the towels.

I am soaking them now in Woolite and water, but am very pessimistic. It's not a regular stain, looks very set in. I have no idea what it could be. Anyone have any suggestions for me? The towels washing instructions are machine wash warm, tumble dry.



By sarajane from NY

November 17, 20090 found this helpful

It almost sounds like makeup stains. I usually use powdered dish washer detergent and soak over night. Most stains are gone after the first soak. Judy

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November 18, 20090 found this helpful

If they're white and cotton, you can bleach them.

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November 18, 20090 found this helpful

Put Dawn dish detergent(original type) on the stain and let set for about 15 minutes, then wash as normal. You may need to do this a couple of times but it should remove it even if its been through the dryer.

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November 19, 20090 found this helpful

The stains may be from acne medication or from a product, that has benzoil peroxide in it. I do know benzoil peroxide will stain fabric. Perhaps do an online search, for removing benzoil peroxide stains.

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November 21, 20090 found this helpful

Well, the bad news is that the only way to deal with a stain of this type is to dye the towel or use a dye marker but the good news is at least I'm not wasting my time trying to remove a stain that's not a stain. It's a bleach out of color. Thanks to all of you for your help, sarajane

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