Laundry problem - any hope for food stains I already dried?
June 29, 2013 5:08 PM Subscribe
I washed some clothes (cotton-heavy colors) and dried them, and they have dark food stains on them. Is there anything that could possibly get the stains out at this point? Ideally I'd prefer to use a spray or something easy to use, but soaking is an option if I can do it in a bin in my tub.
posted by marble to home & garden (14 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
The last time I did laundry I stupidly let some items go into the dryer even though the food stains on them had not come out. The clothes are knit cotton skirts and t-shirts, some 100% cotton, the others close to that with maybe some lycra percentage. They are medium to dark-ish colors. The stains look like darker areas on the clothes, not caked on or anything like that.
My laundry facility is a coin-operated thing that I have not much control over the cycle of (I live in an apartment complex). I washed these things with my usual settings - Normal and Warm, and dried them on Normal (Hot). I think I used the Oxiclean gel stuff on them and perhaps I did it wrong somehow, I'm not sure. I treated the spots and then washed the clothes just a couple minutes after. I have used the Oxiclean liquid spray before and had some good results (sometimes, anyway) but I thought the gel would be better somehow.
Is there any hope to get the stains out at this point? I really would hate to never be able to wear them again - for the skirts I cannot find the same style anywhere, and the t-shirts were kind of expensive for me.
I would really like something to try that does not require a lot of scrubbing or making of pastes or soaking or things like that. Is there a product I can just spray on that might work? I imagine I would have to try multiple washes perhaps (being vigilant to not dry anything until the stain comes out). If I have to do more involved procedures I will, but I'd prefer the easier option.
I don't have much control over laundry cycles and cannot leave stuff to soak overnight in the laundry room, however I do have a bunch of Rubbermaid bins and a shower with a spray attachment so I could soak stuff in those in my tub if soaking is required, then launder the next day or however long.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!