Now that we've tackled how to remove oil-based stains, it's time for part two in our stain removal series: Protein-based stains!
The most common protein stains include:
- Blood and other bodily fluids
- Dairy products (milk, cream, ice cream)
- Baby formula / baby food
- White glue
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The short trick to laundering protein-based stains is to avoid heat
; hot water, ironing and/or dryers will cook the stain, setting it in place. Also, it's easier to remove protein stains when they're fresh (wet), rather than waiting until they dry.
For Lightly Soiled Protein-Based Stains:
Launder the garment and/or material as usual in an enzyme-based liquid laundry detergent*
, such as Wisk
(but avoid using enzyme-based detergents and stain removers on wool and silk fabrics). Be sure to check that the stain has been fully removed prior to drying, and if necessary, repeat the process several times.
For Heavily Soiled Protein-Based Stains:
Let material soak in cold water for 4-6 hours prior to treating the stain. After soaking, opt for a pretreatment detergent such as OxiClean
or Spray 'N Wash
and follow instructions accordingly. Next, launder as usual, paying special attention to stain removal prior to drying.
After blotting the excess stain and soaking in cold water for 4-6 hours, pre-treat the stain with hydrogen peroxide and hand-wash with cold water
. Repeat as necessary before placing garment or material in dryer.
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