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I have a red and pink striped cotton blouse. It has been packed away for many years. There are what look like rust spots (?) on several areas of the blouse. I would never have stored a spotted piece of clothing without removing the stain. I have tried various methods to remove it and have refrained from putting it in the clothes dryer. Rather I hung it on my clothesline after trying different methods to remove the stains.
I have used spot cleaners, lemon juice, various detergents, and cold water only, but nothing has made a dent in the stains. Can anyone suggest another method as I dearly love this blouse? I forgot I had it until I was cleaning out a container with clothes that I forgot about. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer me.
Try a bit of hydrogen peroxide on a q-tip. Only place on the rusted spot.
There is a product that you can get and it is in the laundry aisle, called, Calgon. You put a cap full in with your regular wash and it takes out stains like that.
I have always had really good luck with hydrogen peroxide. Place some on the stain and allow it to sit. You can repeat this several times. You can try rubbing the stain also to get it worked into the material.
I'm afraid of using hydrogen peroxide (which is bleach) as the blouse is pink & red. Applying the hydrogen peroxide might make that area white which I do not want to happen.
Well, I bit the bullet & used bleach on the pink & red blouse. I figured, what the heck, I can't wear it w/the rust spots on it so give it a try & if it doesn't work out too bad.
I work security outside at a shipping warehouse, checking tractor trailers in and out. We have to wear yellow or orange safety vests, shirts, or coats. Even with regular washing, the yellow and orange uniforms accumulate black marks which just won't come off. I assume it's from the layers of exhaust fume residue on everything I come in contact with. Any tips on how to remove or reduce these would be appreciated. I do not have a garage or well-ventilated space in my home to use anything with severe fumes, so please keep that in mind.
The company I previous worked for actually does laundry services complimentary and if the uniform deteriorate from regular usage - it'll be replaced for the safety of the employees, etc. Not sure if your company offers those services.
I would also try to wash only work clothes together on delicate wash and air dry. Sometimes even hand wash with mild soap in the tub.
Lestoil works on those stains.
I agree with Judy - Lestoil sounds like the heavy duty cleaner you should try. I have had good success using this to remove bad stains as well as greasy stains.
I have not tried it on delicate things but your work clothes sounds like what this was made for. Try it in your laundry first but maybe let it soak 15-30 minutes before starting the washer.
Lestoil can be found in most big stores or on line.
I bought a pair of jeans about 2 months ago. I wore them at a previous job I had that required handling dirty boxes all day. I cannot get the stain from the boxes out. It's like a blotchy dirt stain with a yellowish tint. Any suggestions? Please help me. These are my favorite jeans.
you could try using OxyClean (just follow the laundry directions).
Try 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup baking soda along with your detergent. Or try Spray n' Wash action ball. It works great on anything I have tried so far.
I want to remove a stain off my colored dress.
By Mehru from Pakistan
I have a lovely bright teal blouse that has got an oily stain on it which shows up very dark and noticeable. The material is rather stretchy. I think it is polyester. Can you help please. Thank you.
I have blue stains on orange, rust, and dark pink clothes only. I never get anything on white clothes. I am getting really frustrated! I've read your problems and Tide seems to be the connecting factor in all of them. Could that be the problem? I get so upset not knowing when this bluing will occur. I have tried vinegar and Oxiclean to no avail. I can't get the stains out. I have a new washing machine without the traditional agitator. Help!