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 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 to 2 until you have removed as much stain as possible.

4) Treat with a prewash 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 ½ the typical amount of liquid detergent 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 nonchlorine 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.

How to Remove Blood Stains

1) Brush the stain well with either a toothbrush or your fingernail to remove the surface deposit.

2) Pretreat/soak in cool water with a laundry product containing enzymes, such as SHOUT® TRIGGER Triple-Action Stain Remover.

How to Get Gunk Out (i.e. gum, tar, etc.)

1) Apply a piece of ice until the gunk hardens. 

2) Scrape it off with a butter knife.

3) Dab on clear dish soap and rinse with a damp cloth or pretreat with a stain remover.

4) Wash as directed.

How to Remove Yellow Underarm Stains

1) Rinse stains for 15 seconds with cool water to dilute trapped salts and acids.

2) Work in some enzyme-containing liquid laundry detergent and let it sit for 15 minutes.

3) Wash the shirt in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric with fabric-safe bleach.

How to Remove Red Wine Stains

1) Immediately blot with damp cloth, using club soda if available.  

2) Stain treat as soon as possible and wash normally. Do not dry until stain is removed.  

3) If still the stain persists, try hydrogen peroxide, OxiClean™ or a Wine Away-type product on the stain and repeat wash.

How to Remove Vodka and Gin Stains

1) Mix one Tbsp. of white vinegar with 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol.

2) Using a dry cloth, dab the mixture onto the spill.

How to Remove Ink Stains

1) Lay ink-stained shirt flat on table and place white paper towels underneath and inside the shirt. 

2) Apply rubbing alcohol (90% ideal) to the stain and blot with cotton pad or paper towel until no more ink comes off. 

3) Immediately rinse in cold water after blotting.

4) Wash regularly in low temperature settings.

How to Remove Wax Stains

1) Place wax paper over the hardened deposit and run a WARM iron over it with the stain facing down. 

2) Move the wax paper periodically to a fresh section. You may have to scrape the wax off as you go. 

3) Once you pull off the paper, the wax should come right out with it. 

4) Follow with detergent treatment and wash as directed.

Get the Whitest White

To keep your cotton glowing white and odor free, use bleach as often as necessary. Clorox® is safe for white cotton products when used properly. If the care label recommends a color safe or non-chlorine bleach, try products such as WhiteBrite™ and OxiClean.™

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