B.S. asks from Tampa, FL on March 24, 2009
How Do I Battle a Stubborn Spaghetti Stain!!
Hi moms. My stain treating arsenal is well stocked and I've tried everything to get a sauce stain off a shirt. I tried soaking in oxy clean and hot water overnight, a long soak with resolve, shout, and plain ole laundering. Nothing seems to completely rid the stain. I cannot bleach the shirt. And yes...I use tide. I'm typically successful with my stain removal attempts, but this stain is as stubborn as they come. Any advice?
So What Happened?™
Thank you all for your wonderful advice. Now I have some new tricks up my sleeve!
R.W. answers from Tampa on March 25, 2009
Use the Oxy Clean in the spray bottle and spray it on the stain. I buy it at Walmart. Then rub in some Dawn dish soap. That should do it. I do this for grease, oil, etc. that my husband gets on his shirts and it works great.
S.E. answers from Tampa on March 25, 2009
My grandmother swears by using lemon juice and then hanging it in the sun to dry. Worth a try. I sure hate stubborn stains like that. Good luck!
R.S. answers from Tampa on March 25, 2009
Spray and wash-dual power. I use this and let it soak for an hour or two, but not too long, because I left a shirt overnight, and it took some of the color out. But a few hours is fine.
I haven't tried this yet, but I received an e-mail about WD-40. On it it says it removed tomato stains from clothing. It only says to saturate with WD-40 and re wash and it came out.
D.M. answers from Lakeland on March 25, 2009
When I have stubborn stains that won't come out of
clothes, I wet the spot and put hair shampoo on
it and rub the item (same as washing by hand).
When my son was an infant; an elderly lady that stayed
across from me told me to use the shampoo on stains
and rub it together (light scrubbing); and to my dismay
it worked perfect. My son was a Projectile Vomiter
and the milk stains would not come out during regular
wash. I still use the hair shampoo on stubborn stains!
It has been 12 years now. Try it!
G.M. answers from Sarasota on March 25, 2009
I had the same problem after making Chicken Cacciatore for Christmas dinner. Buy 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide at the health food store (regular hydrogen peroxide is too dilute). Use it full strength and don't worry, it won't hurt the fabric. However, it will burn your skin, so wear rubber gloves. Let it stay on a bit. Matter of fact, you can put it in a plastic bag in the frig to let it "soak." Then wash normally. I had red wine stains to remove as well, and it got everything out! Good luck and let me know how you do.
A.G. answers from Punta Gorda on March 25, 2009
When my girls spit up a lot I used dishwasher det, liquid on spit up stains. It is designed to eat through food. I never let it soak for a really long time, maybe 30 minutes or so. I also washed it out with warm water. Another tip someone shared with me is if you wash somethig and the stain does not come out do not dry it in the dryer, when it comes out of the washer treat it a second time with spray and wash and put it back in the washer later that night. The dryer can set the stain and make it impossible to get out. Good Luck!
E.S. answers from Tampa on March 25, 2009
You may want to try just setting it out in the sun, but wet it first. Otherwise, add lemon juice to the stain and set it out again. The sun is amazing at how it bleaches things naturally. You can also set out all those plastic Tupperware type containers with stains on them and they will also disappear. I use cloth diapers and dry them in the sun, not only to be "green" but because the sun removes all stains! I have a new respect for the sun! Good luck! =)
R.C. answers from Sarasota on March 25, 2009
I married into an Italian family, so here's my m-i-l's advice: the Oxyclean works on the tomato part, but the grease part needs K2R. It's a spray and you just follow the directions, but it can be a little hard to find. Sometimes it's in hardware stores.
Hope it helps!
B.B. answers from Tampa on March 25, 2009
check to see if you know anyone who uses MELALEUCA products. They get out EVERYTHING! and they are green so safe for kiddies!