Let it soak overnight in Biz, which removes organic stains. If there is any remaining stain in the morning, rub a little liquid detergent over the spot when you re-wash. I hope you haven't dried it in the dryer--you will have set the stain. Although Biz sometimes works on set-in stains....
Like Shout, but much better (imo)--look for the red spray bottle
July 31 2011, 7:18 PM
I LOVE Zout and have since someone (Ali??) here posted about it! My son got chocolate all down the front of his white shirt yesterday (HOW do kids get so messy eating a chocolate chip cookie?), and I put Zout on it last eve. I left it overnight and washed a load of his clothes today. The chocolate is all gone. Zout also easily gets lipstick off my cloth napkins.
Yesterday DD wiped up chocolate ice cream with a dry dish towel. A few hours later, I soaked the towel overnight in Biz as part of an extra-grimy load, then washed as usual this morning. The stain was lighter, but it did NOT come out. (I don't think I would have had a problem if the towel had been wet, but for cryin' out loud...we got rags here!).
This morning I discovered that a pair of DD's shorts, which had been in the hamper for 4-5 days, had a spot of dried blood on the crotch. I didn't have much hope, but decided to soak them in cold water. While the water was running, I put the spot under the stream of water and discovered that it was lightening. Then I spotted a bar of Mexican laundry soap (similar to Fels Naptha or homemade lye soap), rubbed it on the spot, scrubbed back and forth, and let it soak for a few minutes. I saw so much improvement that I did it again, and this time the spot came OUT. I washed as usual in cold water and the stain is completely gone.
Now if I could just discover how to get tea stains out of my dish towels. (Naturally, DD used the only one that didn't have tea stains). Chlorine bleach does not work. Hey, that must be why people call them TEA TOWELS, right?
This message has been edited by MaxineS on Jul 30, 2011 10:11 AM
The two stain removal threads have me on a roll....
I had a spot of nasty stuff (I forget what) on a cotton polo. It didn't come out in the overnight soak. I went to work on it with Zote and washed it again and there is just the tiniest spot left. I wouldn't wear this shirt to meet the Queen, but I would wear it to the grocery store. It's OK.
I don't want anyone to think Zote is a miracle and they have to go to Mexico to buy some. (Not that I object to anyone going to Mexico--just take me with you!). I think Fels Naphtha or homemade lye soap would work as well. Keep your eyes open at farmers' markets and craft fairs for homemade soap. Used to scrub laundry spots, one bar will last for years (which is how long I've had the Zote).