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Last Ditch Effort: Cotton

last resorts for cotton

The Solution

Let?s face it, we?ve all been there. When things like rust, nail polish, permanent marker, and superglue strike? most people are ready to just throw in the towel.

When you find yourself desperate in a do-or-die situation, don?t toss the item yet. We have a few last-ditch efforts to try, because ? well ? it doesn?t hurt to try before you ditch!

On Cotton, Linen & Durable Synthetics

Apply product(s): Apply Stain Solution directly to the affected area. Then sprinkle All-Purpose Bleach Alternative on the Stain Solution to create a powerful paste.

Work the stain: Work the solution into the fabric using your finger or the Stain Brush.

Sometimes extreme situations call for even more extreme measures. Please note, we cannot guarantee the safety of your item when using the below methods.

Rust: Try soaking the stain in lemon juice with salt, Scented Vinegar, or an industrial-strength rust remover (such as Rust Away ).

Nail polish: Place the stained item face down on a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth. Blot with non-acetone nail polish remover.

Permanent marker: Lay the item flat, and place a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth underneath the stain to prevent ink from transferring. If the ink stain is still wet, dab dry with a Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth. Apply a generous amount of rubbing alcohol to the stain and let sit for 15 minutes. Dab again with the Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth.

Superglue: Allow the Superglue to dry before attempting to remove. Use a blunt object to scrape away as much glue as you can. Dab the stain with turpentine paint thinner. The adhesive between the fabric and the glue will start to dissolve. Continue dabbing until the stain is completely softened, then follow with Stain Solution .

Reapply or repeat as needed: If the stain is not completely gone, repeat this process until satisfied.

Pour water on the stain: For added cleaning power, pour boiling water from a kettle onto the affected area. (Pour from a safe height so the water won?t splash on you.) The force of the pouring water helps to do the work. You can also use hot water from a faucet set to its highest water pressure output.

Soak up to 30 minutes: Soak the item in a basin of hot water and 1 capful of All-Purpose Bleach Alternative.

Remove odors: Stains and odor often go hand in hand. Soak the item in a basin of hot water mixed with � cup of Scented Vinegar.

Launder the item: Wash according to our instructions.

Donate: If it?s still not clean, keep it green! Consider avoiding landfills by donating your item ? one person?s trash is another person?s treasure.


Our recommended stain and odor removal methods are solely intended for use with The Laundress products. Our products are safe for colors, darks, and whites. We cannot guarantee the safety or success of products from other brands.

We don?t recommend using chlorine bleach on stains or odors, ever.

Remove all stains before putting items in the dryer.

Do not iron stained items.