Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Mysterious Stains

Our laundry has been inflicted with some mysterious stains that simply will not come out, except perhaps by prayer and fasting. I have tried soaking in oxy-clean, pre-treating with detergent, using homemade detergent, and rubbing alcohol, all to no avail. The stains don't even look like they've budged. Even more mysteriously, out of a very large load of dark clothes, only three items appear to have picked up the stain. Unfortunately two of the items stained are borrowed maternity clothes. The other is a pair of JM's pants, as if he doesn't already have a shortage of them.

The stain looks like a black ink stain, although I have no idea how that would have gotten into our wash. I check pockets for pens, and I haven't ever found a pen in the washer or dryer after running a load. JunkMale has done a few loads for me of late, but he never mentioned anything of the sort to me, either.

Any suggestions?

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  • Ginny

    A bar of homemade soap (or store-bought Fels Naptha) and a scrub board (or the bumpy side of a broiler pan or griddle). Rub the soap on the stain and rub the stain on the scrub board. Do it at least a dozen times before giving up. I have gotten some unbelievable stains out that way. If that doesn't work, try hairspray, in case it is ink. If all else fails, embroider something around it. ;-) OR cut up the clothing and make some really nice napkins, handkerchiefs, and rags.

  • Anne Marie@Married to the Empire

    Does the stain feel oily? If so, try rubbing some dishwashing liquid into it. That likely won't remove a black stain, but it will lessen it if it's oily in nature.

    Otherwise, I don't know what to tell you. I know Martha Stewart has a stain chart that I refer to, but it's not foolproof. I never could remove a dry-erase marker stain from Steven's pants. I do recall glycerin as being one of the potential stain removers for inky stains.