Tide and Downey Used as a Prewash Stain Treatment Left Brown Stains?

I ran out of pre-wash stain remover and used Tide plus a touch of Downy to rub into some stains on my son's cotton, white soccer t-shirt. Unfortunately I let it sit for a couple of hours before washing. When I took the shirt out of the wash it is a light brown color in the areas where I rubbed the Tide. Help!


By Steph from Bulverde, TX

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October 22, 20101 found this helpful

Downey is a fabric softener and was probobly the cause of the stains. I doubt you can get it out now that it has been washed. Good luck!

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October 23, 20100 found this helpful

If the shirt is white cotton, it could be bleached, but I would be worried about the lettering, which it likely has -- a number at least. I agree that Downy was likely the cause of the stain. You should not pour Downy directly on clothes. I have gotten grease-like stains from this myself. Try using a stain remover like Oxi-clean or Shout on the shirt. Treat it like a grease stain.

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