Laundry problem

I pretreated some stains (I think they were from cooking) ina dark-colored T-shirt with Spray & Wash before throwing it in the regularwash. I line-dried it. But the stains did not go away. What else can I try? Thanks for your help.
  15 answers
  • Dawn Singh Dawn Singh on Jul 19, 2013
    Someone told me that OxyClean will take a stain out even if it has already been treated and washed. I haven't tried it so I can't vouch for that, but it's worth a try.

  • Kimberly Barney Kimberly Barney on Jul 19, 2013
    Sometimes it takes more than one treatment.

  • Shari Shari on Jul 19, 2013
    If they are oil/grease based stains, try applying a few drops of blue Dawn dishwashing soap, rub it in, let it sit for several hours and then toss in the wash again using the hottest water that is safe for your garment, and see if the stains are any better. You may recall hearing that biologists used Dawn to wash the oil off of seabirds and wildlife caught in oil spills because of it's grease cutting power. I've also heard "scribbling" on greasy stains with chalk, or sprinkling with baby powder on the stains will absorb the stain(s) but I haven't actually tried this myself. As Kimberly said, sometimes it takes multiple efforts, or trying a couple different stain removal techniques.

  • Lydia Whitehead Torres Lydia Whitehead Torres on Jul 19, 2013
    I use cornstarch and Dawn on all my grease spots. Sprinkle on a thick layer of the corn starch, rub it in real good and let it sit for a few hours. Then rub in Dawn and wash. This has always worked for me. I raised 4 kids, 2 boys that loved working on motorcycles and 2 girls that loved to cook. Plus I can be a very messy cook, worked on the lawn mower and changed the oil in my own car. So, I have had some experience in cleaning up grease spots.

  • 173371 173371 on Jul 19, 2013
    I would use Zout, a pre-treatment spray from Dial. Work it in the spots and let them sit a few minutes, and again, avoid the dryer. Good luck!

  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Jul 19, 2013
    Thank you everyone for your replies. I am sure they will be helpful.

  • Grammie Linda Grammie Linda on Jul 21, 2013
    one more - I use Norwex products - got berry juice on my shirt, shout didn't work, used the Norwex capet stain buster and soaked - totally gone!!!!!

  • Others suggested Dawn and I use it also on stains. I make a mixture of one part Dawn to two parts hydrogen peroxide. I usually do 1 Tbl Dawn with 2 Tbl of peroxide. Then put some on the stain, rub it in a little bit, and let it sit for several hours. Then wash as usual. This has gotten out some tough stains for me.

  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Jul 22, 2013
    Good to know, Grammie & Zone. Thanks

  • Rachel Drechsler Rachel Drechsler on Sep 11, 2013
    Sometimes liquid fabric softeners are actually the reason stains seem to get worse.Also, the little crystals, pellets or the stick on dryer bars can and do cause more stains than before If you have to add softeners use the sheets,they don't stain.I actually had a conversation in the grocery store about the little spots on clothes that were just washed but not seen until clothes were dried.DAWN Dish Liquid really works to get stains out.Pre-treat,soak clothes in a tub or bucket of lukewarm water for a day or two and then launder as usual.Stains should be gone.Repeat if necessary.Era is also a good one to try using the same method.Don't waste your time or money on any of those other pretreatment products.Also stop your washer and just let clothing sit for a few hours,wash as usual.My machine allows me to pause and set the washer to start in two hours or more...if yours doesn't then just turn off the machine after it has filled with water.

  • Liliana Wells Liliana Wells on Sep 11, 2013
    I have not used a dryer for about two years. I have found some greasy stains are worse than others. But Palmolive or Dawn work great as pretreat. Thanks for the information you provided.

  • Susie Susie on Feb 09, 2015
    Worst case scenario - you could die it? Pretty easy to do, just be aware that whatever color you choose will be affected by the original color - pretty obvious really....

  • Rose Hill-Syriac Rose Hill-Syriac on Aug 27, 2015
    My favorite dark royal blue top got some kind of stain on it. I put the hydrogen peroxide on it let it sit overnight than washed...came out perfect. The pre-treat I used the first time I washed it did nothing. I like the Dawn idea and will try it . Thanks

  • Karen DeShong George Karen DeShong George on Aug 30, 2015
    If you have a grease spot on cloth just use chalk (yep the king kids use on sidewalk) on it. I put it on when I take off my tops but you can do it just before you wash it. Works like a charm and you can get to chalk in different colors for you colored cloths if you want but the white works on all. Just wash as you would usually do.

  • Joan jones Joan jones on Jun 27, 2016
    Goof off works great..just spray on and rub in