Accidents happen, and sometimes they leave behind unsightly stains on our underwear. Dealing with dookie stains can be frustrating, but it doesn't have to be. In this guide, we'll provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to effectively and efficiently remove those stains, leaving your underwear looking as good as new. Whether you're a parent, a pet owner, or just someone who has had an accident, this guide is for you. So don't let a little dookie ruin your day, read on to learn the best methods for tackling those tough stains.
Poop or dookie stains on underwear typically appear as brown or dark brown colored stains, often with a solid consistency when fresh
Hot (120° to 140°F)
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Hot water helps to break down the feces and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Dookie Stains
Dookie, or feces, can stain clothes due to the presence of pigments such as bilirubin and biliverdin, which are produced by the breakdown of red blood cells in the liver and excreted in the bile. These pigments can combine with other substances in the feces, such as iron and calcium, to create a stain that is difficult to remove. Additionally, feces also contains bacteria and enzymes that can further contribute to the staining process. As a result, it is important to clean feces stains as soon as possible to prevent them from setting in and becoming permanent.
Scrape off as much of the feces as possible before treating the stain.
Mix a solution of enzyme-based laundry detergent and warm water. Soak the stained area of the garment for at least 15 minutes.
Rinse the garment in warm water
If the stain remains, mix a solution of oxygen bleach and warm water. Soak the stained area for at least 15 minutes.
Rinse the garment in warm water.
If the stain remains, mix equal parts white vinegar and warm water. Apply the solution to the stained area and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
If the stain remains, mix a paste of borax and water. Apply the paste to the stained area and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
Wash the garment in warm water using detergent and ammonia. If the stain persists, repeat the steps or treat with a commercial stain remover before washing.
Do not use hot water as it can set the stain.
Do not dry the garment in a dryer until the stain is completely removed, as heat can set the stain.
Be careful when using hydrogen peroxide, as it can bleach or damage certain fabrics. Test it on an inconspicuous area first.
Be cautious when using glycerin, as it can attract dirt and make the stain worse. Test it on an inconspicuous area first.
Dookie stains clothes due to the pigments bilirubin and biliverdin, combined with other substances in feces like iron and calcium. To remove the stain, use enzyme-based laundry detergent and oxygen bleach, white vinegar, borax, and ammonia. Be sure to rinse, do not use hot water, and do not dry in a dryer until the stain is removed.
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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.