How To Remove Boxelder Bug Stain From Washable Fabrics
January 23, 2023
Are you dealing with unsightly boxelder bug stains on your clothes? Don't let it ruin your favorite shirts, we've got the solution for removing those tough stains for you. Keep reading to learn how to remove boxelder bug stain from washable fabrics.
A reddish-brown or black stain with a slightly runny consistency when fresh.
Hot (120° to 140°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Hot water helps to kill the bugs and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Boxelder Bug Stains
Boxelder bugs produce a red liquid when they are squished or crushed that can stain fabrics. This liquid is a combination of hemolymph, which is the insect equivalent of blood, and pigments from the bug's exoskeleton. When the liquid comes into contact with clothes, it can leave a red stain that can be difficult to remove. The key is to act quickly and try to blot up as much of the liquid as possible before it has a chance to set into the fabric.
What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Boxelder Bug Stains
Stain remover specifically formulated for protein stains (such as Shout or Zout)
Step By Step Process To Remove Boxelder Bug Stains
Blot the stain with a clean, white cloth to remove as much excess excrement as possible.
Mix a solution of 1 tablespoon of dish soap and 1/2 cup of white vinegar in a cup of warm water.
Using a clean, white cloth, apply the solution to the stain and work it in gently.
Allow the solution to sit on the stain for 5-10 minutes.
Rinse the area with warm water, and then wash the garment in the washing machine using the hottest water temperature recommended on the label of the garment, with a regular amount of laundry detergent and additional 1/2 cup of stain remover specifically formulated for protein stains.
Note: Before applying any method, it's important to check the care label of the garment to ensure that the fabric can withstand the suggested temperature of water and the cleaning products. Also, test the solution on an inconspicuous area of the garment to check for colorfastness.
Boxelder bugs produce a red liquid that can stain clothes when squished or crushed. The liquid is a combination of hemolymph and pigments from the bug's exoskeleton. To remove the stain, use dish soap, white vinegar, laundry detergent, and a stain remover specifically formulated for protein stains. Mix the solution, apply it to the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, rinse the area with warm water and wash the garment with laundry detergent and stain remover. Check the care label of the garment and test the solution on an inconspicuous area before applying.
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About The Writer
Marcene Livn has worked in the cleaning industry for more than a decade. Her specialty is stain removal. From everyday spills to tough, set-in stains, Marcene's methods and knowledge are unmatched.