Are you tired of dealing with unsightly drool stains on your sheets and pillowcases? Whether it's from a pet, a child, or yourself, drool can be difficult to remove. But don't worry, in this guide, we'll show you how to effectively and efficiently remove drool stains from your linens, leaving them looking as good as new. So don't let a little drool ruin your sleep, read on to learn the best methods for tackling those tough stains.
A drool stain can have a clear or light yellow appearance and has a slightly sticky consistency when fresh.
Warm (85° to 105°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Warm water helps to break down any saliva and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Drool Stains
Drool, or saliva, contains enzymes and pigments that can cause stains on clothes. The enzymes in drool can break down the fibers in fabric, making them more susceptible to staining. Pigments from food or drink can also transfer onto fabric and bind to the fibers, creating a stain. Additionally, the high moisture content in drool can make it easier for stains to set in and become harder to remove. To prevent drool stains, it is important to clean drool as soon as possible, using a damp cloth to blot the drool and then washing the garment using a stain remover or laundry detergent specifically designed to remove drool stains.
What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Drool Stains
Damp cloth or sponge
Stain remover or laundry detergent specifically designed for drool stains
Borax or baking soda
Step By Step Process To Remove Drool Stains
Blot the drool stain with a damp cloth or sponge to remove as much of the drool as possible.
Apply a stain remover or laundry detergent specifically designed for drool stains to the affected area and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes.
If the stain is still present, mix together 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of either borax or baking soda to form a paste. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes.
Rinse the garment with cool water to remove the paste.
If the stain is still visible, apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the affected area and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Wash the garment in the washing machine on the hottest water temperature recommended on the care label, with laundry detergent.
Note: Always test any cleaning solution in an inconspicuous area before using it on the entire stain. And be aware that hydrogen peroxide can bleach colored fabrics, so it's better to use it on white or light-colored fabrics.
Drool stains occur due to enzymes and pigments present in saliva that can break down fabric fibers and bind to them. To remove drool stains from washable fabrics, first blot the stain with a damp cloth, apply a stain remover or laundry detergent, mix a paste of white vinegar and borax/baking soda, rinse, apply hydrogen peroxide and finally wash it with hot water and detergent. Note that hydrogen peroxide can bleach colored fabrics, so it's better to use it on white or light-colored fabrics.
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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.