Cheese stains can be a real nuisance, but don't let them ruin your love for cheese. In this guide, we'll show you a simple and effective way to remove cheese stains from washable fabrics. With our step-by-step guide, you'll be able to enjoy your cheese without worrying about ruining your clothes. Keep reading to learn the secrets of removing cheese stains from any washable fabric. Say goodbye to unsightly cheese stains and hello to fresh, clean clothes and the freedom to enjoy your favorite cheesy dishes without hesitation.
Various (depending on type)
A yellow or white stain that may have a slightly sour smell.
Warm (85° to 105°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Warm water helps to break down the cheese and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Cheese Stains
Cheese stains clothes because it contains a type of protein called casein, which can bind to fabric fibers when it comes into contact with them. When casein is exposed to heat or acid, it can coagulate, or solidify, making the stain harder to remove. Additionally, cheese often contains oils and fats that can also contribute to staining. These oils and fats can act like a glue, holding the protein in place on the fabric. This is why it is important to treat cheese stains as soon as possible, before the protein and oils have a chance to set into the fabric.
Treat the stain immediately by scraping off any solid cheese and blottting up as much of the stain as possible with a clean white cloth or paper towel.
Mix a solution of 1/4 teaspoon of dish soap and 1 cup of cool water. Using a clean white cloth or sponge, gently rub the solution into the stain and then rinse the fabric with cool water.
Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with 1 cup of cool water. Using a clean white cloth or sponge, gently rub the solution into the stain and then rinse the fabric with cool water.
Make a paste with baking soda and cool water. Apply it to the stain and gently rub it in. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse the fabric with cool water.
Launder the garment in the washing machine on the hottest water temperature that is safe for the fabric, using laundry detergent and an enzyme-based stain remover. (Check the care label of the garment first to determine the appropriate water temperature.)
If the stain is still visible, repeat steps 1-5 before drying the garment.
If the stain still persists, check the care label of the fabric and if safe, apply chlorine bleach to the stain and let it sit for 5 minutes before rinsing and washing again.
Note: Be sure to test any product you use on a small, inconspicuous area of the garment first to ensure it does not cause damage or discoloration. Also, be sure to follow the product's instructions for use and safety precautions.
Cheese stains on clothes are caused by the protein, casein, and oils in the cheese. To remove them, scrape off any solid cheese, mix a solution of dish soap and water, use white vinegar, baking soda, laundry detergent, enzyme-based stain remover, and if safe, chlorine bleach. Clean the stain as soon as possible, and follow the care label instructions of the garment before proceeding with any of the steps.
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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.