Butter stains on your favorite clothes can be a nuisance, but don't let them ruin your look. In this guide, we'll show you a simple and effective way to remove butter stains from washable fabrics. With our expert tips, you'll be able to restore your clothes to their original condition in no time. Keep reading to learn the secrets of removing butter stains from any washable fabric. Say goodbye to unsightly butter stains and hello to fresh, clean clothes.
A yellow or light brown stain with a greasy or oily appearance.
Warm (85° to 105°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Warm water helps to dissolve the butter and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Butter Stains
Butter contains oils and fats which can adhere to fabric fibers, and when they come in contact with heat or friction, they can melt and become ingrained in the fabric, which can lead to staining. The reason why butter stains clothes more easily than other types of food is because it has a lower melting point than many other types of oils, making it more likely to melt and spread. Additionally, butter also contains proteins and other substances that can leave behind discolorations when they come into contact with clothes.
What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Butter Stains
Liquid laundry detergent
A clean white cloth or sponge
Step By Step Process To Remove Butter Stains
Apply liquid laundry detergent directly onto the stain and gently rub it in with a clean white cloth or sponge. Allow it to sit for about 5-10 minutes. (The detergent will help to break down and loosen the stain.)
Fill a sink or basin with warm water (about 30-40°C or 86-104°F) and add 1/4 cup of white vinegar. Soak the stained garment in the solution for about 30 minutes. (The vinegar will help to remove any remaining grease or oils from the stain and also neutralize odors.)
Remove the garment from the vinegar solution and rinse it thoroughly under running water to remove any remaining detergent or vinegar. Gently rub a paste of baking soda and water onto the stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. (The baking soda will help to lift and remove any remaining stain.)
Rinse the garment again under running water and check the stain. If it is still visible, mix a solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part water and gently apply it to the stain using a clean white cloth or sponge. Allow it to sit for about 5-10 minutes. (Hydrogen peroxide is a mild bleaching agent that can help to remove stubborn stains.)
Rinse the garment again thoroughly and check the stain. If it is still visible, apply a small amount of glycerin to the stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. (Glycerin is a natural stain remover that can help to lift and remove stains.)
Wash the garment in the washing machine on a warm water cycle (about 30-40°C or 86-104°F) with your regular laundry detergent. It is important to note that some stains may not be completely removable and may still be visible after treatment.
Please note that before trying to remove any stain, it is always important to check the care label of the garment, as some fabrics may require special care or may not be suitable for certain types of stain removers. Additionally, never use heat (such as ironing or dryer) on a stained fabric before treating it as it can set the stain permanently.
Act quickly: the longer the stain sits, the harder it will be to remove. If the fabric is washable, rinse the stain with cold water as soon as possible to remove as much of the ice cream as possible.
Dab a small amount of dish soap or laundry detergent directly onto the stain and gently rub it in using a clean white cloth or sponge.
Mix a solution of 1 part white vinegar or lemon juice to 1 part water and apply it to the stain. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
Sprinkle baking soda over the stain, let it sit for another 5-10 minutes.
Next, apply hydrogen peroxide directly onto the stain and let it sit for another 5-10 minutes.
If the stain is still visible, use a stain remover or laundry pre-treatment product and follow the instructions on the label.
Wash the garment in the warmest water recommended on the care label.
Note: Be sure to test all cleaning solutions on a small, inconspicuous area of the fabric before applying to the stain, to ensure it doesn't cause discoloration or damage to the fabric. Also, always check the care label on the garment to ensure that it can be washed in warm water.
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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.