Yogurt stains can be a tricky problem for many people, as it can leave behind a difficult-to-remove yellow or orange color on washable fabrics. But don't despair! There are several effective ways to remove these stubborn stains, and restore your clothes or fabrics to their original condition. Keep reading to learn more about how to tackle those yogurt stains and make your clothes look as good as new!
Various (depending on type)
These stains appear as discoloration of the fabric that is usually white or light colored in color. They can be slightly wet or dry to the touch and may have a slightly tangy or sour smell.
Warm (85° to 105°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Warm water helps to break down the yogurt and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Yogurt Stains
Yogurt is made by fermenting milk with bacteria, which creates lactic acid. Lactic acid can cause stains on clothes because it is an acid dye, meaning it can chemically bond with the fibers in the fabric. The protein in the yogurt, casein, can also contribute to staining as it can create a film on the fabric that can trap the lactic acid dye. Additionally, the sugar in yogurt can also cause stains because it can attract and hold onto other stains, making them more difficult to remove. These factors combined make yogurt a common cause of stains on clothes.
Blot up as much of the yogurt as possible with a clean, white cloth or paper towel. Be sure not to rub the stain, as this can spread it further.
Rinse the area with cold water to remove as much of the yogurt as possible.
Create a solution of cold water and a drop of dishwashing liquid. Using a clean white cloth or sponge, gently apply the solution to the stain, working from the outer edge inwards.
Mix equal parts white vinegar or lemon juice and cold water. Apply this solution to the stain, and let it sit for a few minutes.
Apply a small amount of enzyme laundry detergent directly to the stain, and gently rub it in. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
Launder the garment as usual, in the warmest water recommended on the care label, with a laundry detergent and an additional scoop of enzyme laundry detergent or a laundry pre-treatment for tough stains.
Note: Always check the garment's care label before attempting to remove the stain. Be sure to use the appropriate water temperature and detergent for the fabric type. If the stain remains after the first wash, repeat the process before drying the garment.
Yogurt stains are caused by lactic acid and protein in the yogurt. To remove yogurt stains, use a combination of cold water, dishwashing liquid, white vinegar or lemon juice, enzyme laundry detergent and laundry pre-treatment on the stain. Remember to check the care label before attempting to remove the stain and repeat the process if necessary.
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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.