Knowing When to Throw in the Towel…& Use It as RagsPosted: June 25, 2012
My laundry is full of them. Unfortunately, I don’t notice them until after they have been washed and dried. Now, they are set-in grease stains.
I had one set-in stain in particular that I really wanted to remove. It was a uniform shirt of mine and I needed to get the stain OUT. It wasn’t HUGE, but it was annoyingly noticeable.
- Wash again (cold water)…hoping the detergent would notice the stain this time.
- RESULT: no change
- Treat stain directly with liquid detergent
- Wash again (hot water)
- RESULT: no change
- Treat stain with stain remover (Spray n’ Wash)
- Let stain remover sit over night
- Wash again (cold water)
- RESULT: no change…AGHHHHH!!!
- Time for a little research…thank you google.
- I found a few sites that recommended spraying the stain with WD-40. Crazy, right?! The “science” behind this theory is that the WD-40 (which is a petroleum product) “reactivates” the set-in grease stain. You will then treat the old stain as a fresh new stain. Okay…I guess that makes sense. I’ve tried crazier things before.
- Sprayed stain with WD-40. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Then applied Dawn Dish Soap (blue kind) to the “fresh” stain. I then took a scrub brush to work the soap into the stain. Let that sit for a while (maybe another 30 minutes.)
- Wash as usual (cold water)
- RESULT: An even BIGGER stain than before!!! Plus, a huge stain on the back of the shirt where the WD-40 soaked through! Are you kidding me?!?!
- Time to break-out the BIG GUNS!
- Soak entire shirt overnight in full-strength degreaser (Simple Green Cleaner)
- Treat stain with Dawn AGAIN & Wash AGAIN (cold water)
- RESULT: Absolutely NO CHANGE. There is still a HUGE stain on the front, and now the back.
That’s it…I give up. I’m throwing in the towel.
Please…..help this Whimsy Housewife! Comment with your suggestions on removing set-in grease stains, before this T-shirt becomes rags.