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Mystery Stains: Cotton

The Solution

On Cotton, Linen & Durable Synthetics

?It was Dad with the spaghetti in the kitchen!? Sometimes figuring out the source of set-in stains isn?t as easy as a game of Clue. Use our pointers, and you?ll be removing those mystery stains in no time.

Apply product(s): Apply Stain Solution directly to the affected area. Then sprinkle our 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 our Stain Brush. If any oil or residue is still left behind, don?t give up! Create a lather using the Wash & Stain Bar and apply directly to the affected area.

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.

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

Soak up to 30 minutes: Soak the item in a basin filled with hot water and 1 capful of All-Purpose Bleach Alternative. (Use cold water for bloodstains.)

Launder the item: Wash according to our instructions.


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.

Do not iron stained items.