When you put your clothes to wash and add in fabric softener, you expect fresh and clean clothes after the washing cycle. Yet at times, fabric softener stains occur, and you end up having a piece of clothing with greasy stains on it. In most cases, such fabric softener stains can easily be removed by another round in the wash cycle. However, it also depends on the material of your clothing and the temperature of your wash cycle. If you are looking to completely remove such stains and learn how to stop them from happening, read on to find out more!
Supplies You Need
The most basic equipment you need is a space to wash and rinse your clothing. A soaking basin or container works best. You will also need white vinegar, your usual laundry detergent, some bleach, and water.
Step-by-step Guide to Removing Stains
- First, remove the affected piece of clothing. If you see softener stains on wet clothes, deal with the stain before putting it in a dryer. Putting stained clothes in a dryer will have the effect of making the stain more stubborn.
- If the stain is on a piece of dry clothing, dampen the affected area with water.
For light stains:
- Check the clothing tag to find out if your garment can be washed using hot water. Certain garments exclusively require washing using cold water to prevent warpage. Take note of the different laundry symbols.
- Light stains can easily be removed using two methods. The first method involves applying a few drops of laundry detergent over the stain and gently scrubbing it with a bristled brush. After scrubbing, simply put the affected clothing into the wash again.
- The second method requires you to add one cup of white vinegar to the washing water and let the clothes undergo another round of a full wash and rinse cycle. The washing water will have the effect of diluting the vinegar and help to remove stains.
- After getting rid of the fabric softener stains, let your garment dry.
- Simply repeat the process if you still observe fabric softener stains on your clothing.
For stubborn stains:
- For more stubborn stains, you can consider applying concentrated liquid detergent onto the affected area. Gentle brushing can also help to encourage removal.
- After scrubbing, soak your garment for a few minutes.
- Put the garment to wash, using warm water if possible. Take note of your garment requirements and wash it using cold water if necessary.
- Let your garment dry.
Preventing Fabric Softener Stains
We know that prevention is better than cure. Fabric softener stains can happen if we add too much of it to our washing dispenser, or accidentally pour them onto our clothes directly. By taking active steps to dilute our fabric softener, pouring it into a dispenser, or water-filled cycle, we can easily prevent such accidents from happening.The good news is that fabric softener stains are rarely permanent. This means that if you do accidentally get greasy stains on your favorite Casual Tropical Wear garments, you will have no trouble getting them out.