care tips

Follow these tips and tricks to save time and money, and keep your cotton looking its best.

Let No Stain Remain

1) Gently rub any soap you can find (dish, bar or hand) and a few drops of COLD water into the stain. Scratch it with your fingernail for 20-30 seconds or until the stain disappears. 

2) If the stain didn’t disappear, before washing, rub detergent directly onto what’s left of the stain and pre-soak in cold water.

3) If the stain isn't completely out, don’t put the item in the dryer. Otherwise the stain will set permanently.

How to Remove Gravy Stains

1) Begin by removing any excess gravy off of the fabric.  Check the care label to see if there are warnings about the use of bleach.  

2) Pour a liquid detergent or a detergent that also contains a color-safe bleach, such as Tide® Liquid Plus Bleach Alternative into the stain. 

3) Create a soaking solution by combining half the usual amount of the detergent per gallon of cold water. Submerge the entire garment for 30 minutes. 

4) Using the same detergent, wash the fabric in warm water. Repeat if necessary.

How to Remove BBQ Sauce Stains

1)  Flush stain from back of the fabric with cold water, then use a pretreater on the stain such as Shout or detergent.

2)  After 15 minutes rinse stain, and if there is still residue follow with next step.

3)  Use an eyedropper and diluted vinegar (one part water) to bleach any remaining residue.

4)  Finish with a regular wash cycle.

How to Remove Butter Stains

1) Gently scrape off excess with the back of a dull knife. Be sure you scrape, and do not press, into fabric. 

2) Treat with enzyme-based liquid detergent or pretreatment stain remover and wait 15 minutes before washing normally.

3) Check and repeat if needed.

How to Remove Sticky Stains

1) Rinse the stain with warm water. 

2) Soak for 15 minutes in warm water and liquid dishwasher detergent.

3) Wash in the warmest water that’s safe for the fabric. 

How to Remove Guacamole/Salsa Stains

1) Gently scrape off excess with back of dull knife. Do not press into fabric. 

2) Treat with enzyme-based liquid detergent or pretreatment stain remover, wait 15 minutes, then wash normally. 

3) Check and repeat if needed.

How to Remove Chocolate Stains

1) Gently scrape off excess chocolate with the back of a dull knife (it's best to let it dry and harden before trying to remove). Be sure you scrape, and do not press, into fabric.

2) Rinse from reverse side of the fabric with cold water and treat spot with liquid laundry detergent (one containing enzymes works best) and soak in cold water for 30 minutes, gently rubbing the stain every 5-10 minutes while it soaks. 

3) Wash in the warmest water that’s safe for the fabric.

How to Remove Coffee Stains

1) Begin by sponging the stain with cold water and pretreat with a stain remover product. 

2) Create a soaking solution (half the amount of  liquid detergent for a full load, per gallon of water).  Soak the item for 30 minutes. 

3) Following the soaking, wash the item in warm water with a detergent and air dry. Repeat if necessary.

How to Remove Ketchup Stains

1) Apply a pretreater such as Shout. 

2) Use an eyedropper and diluted vinegar (one part water) to bleach any of the stain residue. 

3) Finish with a regular wash cycle.

How to Remove Cream Cheese Stains

1) Gently scrape off excess with the back of a dull knife. Be sure you scrape, and do not press into the fabric. 

2) Treat with enzyme-based liquid detergent or pretreatment stain remover and wait 15 minutes before washing normally.

3) Check and repeat if needed.

How to Remove Egg Yolk Stains

1)  Scrape off excess and rinse under cold water (using warm or hot water can cook the egg proteins, making it harder to remove).

2)  Pretreat with stain remover containing enzymes or soak for 30 minutes using enzyme laundry detergent in cold water.

3)  Wash as directed.

How to Remove Food Coloring Stains

1) Sponge stain with cool water.

2) Wash garment as you normally would. If chlorine bleach is safe for the fabric, mix a solution of ¼ cup chlorine bleach per gallon of cool water and soak for 30 minutes prior to laundering.

3) Rinse with water, then wash the item as recommended on the care label

How to Remove Oil Stains

1) Begin by using a pretreater product. 

2) Apply a clear liquid laundry detergent to the stain using your fingertip or a soft scrub brush. Rinse fabric with water and then reinspect the stain. 

3) If the stain remains, repeat steps again. Let fabric air dry before rewashing to observe whether stain has been satisfactorily removed.

How to Remove Soy Sauce Stains

1)  Flush stain with cold water.

2)  Pretreat with enzyme-based stain remover and let sit 15 minutes before washing.

3)  Wash with care-label bleach recommendation.

How to Remove Syrup Stains

1)  Gently scrape off excess.

2)  Sponge stain with a solution of liquid dish detergent and warm water, repeating until stain is  removed.
   
3)  Finish with a regular wash cycle.

How to Remove Mustard Stains

1)  Scrape off excess mustard.

2)  Flush under cold running water to dilute the stain.

3)  Pretreat with a prewash stain remover.

4)  Launder, using the hottest water and the type of bleach listed on the care label that is safe for the fabric.

How to Remove Ice Cream Stains

1) Rinse from reverse side of fabric with cold water. 

2) Treat the spot with liquid laundry detergent (one containing enzymes works best) and soak in cold water for 30 minutes, or use an enzyme-based stain treatment and wait 15 minutes before washing. 

3) Wash normally and be sure the stain is gone before drying.  

4) Repeat if necessary.

How to Remove Red Sauce Stains

Show your sauce who’s boss.

1) Working from the reverse side of the stain, flush with cool water and pre-treat with a liquid laundry detergent; pat down stain with repeated light strokes and let stand for several minutes. 

2) Rinse well with water and then sponge with white vinegar.

3) Rinse again with water and then repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have removed as much stain as possible.

4) Treat with a pre-wash stain remover and then wash as directed by the care instructions. 

How to Remove Berry Stains

Don’t let berries get you in a jam. 

1) Rinse the stained area with cold water.  

2) Prepare a solution of half the usual amount of liquid detergent combined with bleach, such as Tide Plus Bleach® per gallon of water (be sure the care label does not warn against the use of chlorine bleach), and soak the garment for 30 minutes. Make sure the garment is fully submerged in the solution by using a white towel to weigh it down.

3) Wash in warm water in a normal wash cycle with fresh water and detergent. Air dry. If necessary, repeat the procedure.  

4) If the stained item is dyed, or if the care label warms against the use of chlorine bleach, use a liquid detergent with a bleach alternative or separate non-chlorine bleach.

Get Rid of Grease

1) Sprinkle cornmeal or talcum powder on the grease spot until the grease is absorbed. 

2) Brush off with a dry cloth.

3) If the stain is still there, try a spot remover (multiple treatments may be needed to remove completely). 

4) Wash as directed. Don't tumble dry until you are certain that the stain has been removed. 

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