30 April 2016

Got Stains?

          We all own that one shirt.  Yep.  The one you bought and you love and then something happens called food, which falls onto that lovely shirt, and you suddenly have a mini heart attack and rush to the sink to try and stop the food from ruining the shirt.
          I owned one of these shirts I own one of these shirts.  It just so happened that the first day I wore it (in Florence, Italy) I dropped Gelato on it.  Tragic, I know.  I ran into the nearest museum bathroom when I realized, and tried washing out the gelato.  It did not quite work, and 11 months and a few coconut oil grease stains later, I decided to do something about the predicament.
          I had searched online for "how to get set in grease stains out of clothes" and found very drastic measures calling for spraying your garment with WD40...Something which I was not ready to perform on a delicate white chiffon.  After further searching I found an e-How (I know, e-How...) article on removing grease stains from delicate fabrics.  I read a long list, and finally found one that looked somewhat doable.
          First it said to place cardboard in between the shirt so the mixtures dont let the stain bleed through to the other side of the shirt.  Then it said to pour hydrogen peroxide onto the stain, clump a ton of baking soda on next, dab a bit of dawn soap, and scrub the stain with a toothbrush.  I forgot to put the hydrogen peroxide on first, but that's okay.  It still worked.
          What I ended up doing was wetting the stain with clean water (my water is softened since it is well water and I didn't want to risk that doing anything else to the stain), then I poured a bunch of baking soda on... literally.  I believe it was around 1/4 cup... maybe a little less.  Anyway, once I had finished putting it about 1/2 inch thick over the stain, I poured some hydrogen peroxide on-- I think it was a tablespoon or two, but I don't think that it really matters how much you use.  Next I squirted some dish soap on, and began scrubbing with the toothbrush.  The article suggested to leave the mixture sit on the stain for about 30-60 minutes.  I think I left it there close to an hour, so I'm not sure how well 30 minutes would work.
          I then proceeded to wash the shirt as I normally do by mixing cool clean water and a bit of laundry soap in a bowl and swishing the shirt around for a couple of minutes before rinsing and letting it air dry.
          Needless to say I was ecstatic to find out that may shirt no longer had gelato drips on the bottom, and was also free of coconut oil splatter.  Even though these stains weren't crazy visible to others, they still bugged me, and I thought I would never be able to get them out of such a delicate fabric.  I thought wrong, however, and I am now happy to have my shirt back to normal!
          I really hope this helps someone who thought they had lost a delicate dress shirt, and now have a way to fix it.  One thing I must point out-- the article said they did not know if it would discolor any darker chiffon or fragile material.  Obviously since I was fixing a cream area, I also do not know how it will affect a darker garment.  Make sure to test the project out on a inconspicuous area to see how the fabric reacts.
          That is all!  Now, if you have a delicate shirt which has been sitting in your closet that you never wear because it has grease stains, you have an alternative to throwing it away!  Let me know your thoughts on this method, or if you have another way that you remove other stains, please just leave a comment below--I would love to hear about it!  Have a wonderful day!

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