Green Cleaning Tips & Supplies

How to Remove Stains from Cotton and Linen Fabrics

Catsup Stains on Cotton and Linen Fabrics

Remove any excess catsup with a plastic non-serrated knife or spoon. Apply a wet pre-spotter as soon as possible, and launder soon thereafter to insure best results. You can make your own PRE-SPOTTER by mixing one(1) part of clear dish washing detergent, one (1)part of glycerine and eight (8) parts of water. Mix together and put it a spray bottle for later use.

If laundering is not possible after removal, apply some Axion® or other enzyme pre-soak. Rinse the effected area and remove all of the enzyme content.  Let it dry and launder it as soon as you can.

Rust Stains on Cotton and Linen Fabrics

If you are facing removal of rust stains from either Linen or Cotton fabrics try these tips. Rub liquid or regular laundry detergent into the stain. Use a soft brush to work the detergents into the fabric. Launder the fabric as soon as possible.

If some stain remains consider using a fabric-safe rust remover. Test the fabric first and make sure it is color fast. If the stains still persist then try using a fabric specific rust Remover such as Bar Keepers Friend® Cleanser & Polish.   Please read and follow directions on the label.

Soy Sauce Stains on Cotton and Linen Fabrics

To benefit the most, quickly soak up any excess stain with a clean cloth or tissue. After this, test the fabric to see if it will be safe with an enzyme pre-soak such as Axon or similar enzymatic stain remover.

If the stain still remains, try soaking the fabric in warm water. Use 1 Gallon of warm water and mix into it 2 tablespoons of liquid detergent. Let is soak for at least 1/2 hour and then launder it as soon as possible.

Coffee Stains on Cotton and Linen Fabrics

Blot up all of the coffee stain as soon as possible. If you can launder it, then use a stain remover such as Shout and then launder it.

If you are on the road, or not able to launder, remove the garment and soak it in a quart of water with a 1/4 tablespoon of clear dish washing detergent. Let it soak for about 1/2 hour or so. Then rise it with clear water and find a clean towel. Soak up some alcohol into the towel and apply it to the stain. Rinse it out, and let it dry.

If you still see the stain, use an enzyme product such as Axion® or Biz®, to pre-soak the stain per the instructions on the package, and then launder it as soon as possible.

Mustard Stains on Cotton and Linen Fabrics

The yellow  color in mustard comes from the turmeric plant. When dry it is extremely hard to get rid of. Quickly remove as much excess Mustard as you can with a plastic spoon, or non serrated plastic knife. Flush the stain with water, and apply some liquid detergent to the mustard stain. Flush it again, and see if the stain is gone.  If not, you should pre-soak it for several hours with a very warm, or hot water solution of detergent. Rinse it out and launder it as soon as possible.

Blue or Black Ballpoint Ink Stains on Cotton and Linen Fabrics 

Use a gentle blast of hair spray to attempt to loosen the stain. Then soak it in about a quart of warm water and add one tablespoon of White Wine Vinegar, as well as 1/2 teaspoon of clear liquid detergent. After soaking, rise it out with clear water and allow it to dry.

If the stain is not gone, use a clean towel soaked with a quarter teaspoon of rubbing alcohol to cover the stain. Use more alcohol, pads if you need them, and keep soaking up the stain . When done flush it with alcohol and let it dry. If you still see a stain, pre-soak it in a “basic solution”, by adding one tablespoon of ammonia to one quart of warm water along with 1/2 teaspoon of clear detergent. Let it soak for one half hour. Rinse it out thoroughly with water and let it dry.


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