How To Remove Post-Wash Grey Stains From Washable Fabrics
January 25, 2023
Mysterious grey stains on clothes can be frustrating and difficult to remove, but don't let them ruin your clothes. With this easy solution, you can effectively eliminate grey stains and restore your clothes to their former beauty. Keep reading to learn the secret to removing mysterious grey stains from clothes after washing and get back to looking great.
These stains appear as a discoloration of the fabric that is usually grey or black in color. They can be dry to the touch and may have a mild odor. These stains are often caused by a buildup of minerals or detergent residue in the washer or dryer.
Cold (65° to 75°F)
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Cold water helps to prevent any discoloration from causing further damage to the fabric.
The Science Behind Grey Stains After Washing
The grey stains on your clothes after washing are likely caused by a buildup of minerals, specifically iron or manganese, in your water supply. When these minerals come into contact with the water in your washing machine, they can leave behind stains on your clothing. This can happen even if you use detergent and fabric softener, as these substances do not always remove mineral buildup. To remove these stains, you may need to use a specialized laundry additive or have a water softener installed to remove the minerals from your water supply.
What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Grey Stains After Washing
Step By Step Process To Remove Grey Stains After Washing
Mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water. Apply the solution directly to the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes.
Mix a solution of equal parts lemon juice and water. Apply the solution directly to the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes.
Sprinkle borax powder directly onto the stain, making sure to completely cover it. Let it sit for 15 minutes.
Wash the garment in the washing machine with laundry detergent on a warm water setting (30-40°C).
If the stain is still present, mix a solution of oxygen bleach and warm water according to package instructions. Soak the garment in the solution for 15-30 minutes.
If the stain is still present, use a rust remover specifically designed for use on fabrics, following the package instructions.
Wash the garment again in the washing machine on a warm water setting (30-40°C) with laundry detergent.
Note: Always read and follow the care instructions on the care label, check for colorfastness before using any of the above solutions and never mix chlorine bleach and any of the above solutions as it can cause dangerous chemical reactions.
Grey stains on clothes after washing are caused by mineral buildup, specifically iron or manganese, in the water supply. To remove these stains, you can use a mix of white vinegar and lemon juice, borax, laundry detergent, oxygen bleach, and rust remover. Make sure to follow the steps and read the care instructions on the label, and be mindful of the water temperature when washing the garment.
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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.