How to Get Perfume Stains Out of Clothes?

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Perfume stains on clothes can be stubborn but there are several ways to remove them. Here are some methods to try:

  1. Sponge or soak the stain in cool water. Apply detergent to the stain and launder as usual. If the stain remains sponge with rubbing alcohol rinse thoroughly and launder. Add bleach (chlorine type) if safe for the fabric to the laundry1.
  2. Pretreat the stain with a little liquid dishwashing detergent. Apply the detergent directly to the stain and wait for 5 minutes then rinse with warm water. Machine wash the garment in the warmest water recommended on the care label using detergent and Clorox2 if you are washing an item with color. Let the garment air dry before putting it in a hot dryer2.
  3. Immediately prepare a cloth with cold water and gently dab at the stain to lift as much perfume off as possible. Hot water can set the stain so it’s important to use cold water. If the stain remains try soaking a paper towel in rubbing alcohol or a mixture of glycerin detergent and water. Cover the stain with the paper towel and leave it for 10 minutes. If that doesn’t work soak the material in equal parts water and baking soda for 15 minutes then wash it in your washing machine34.
  4. Create a soaking solution by adding 1 ounce or 1 1/2 tablespoons of Tide Plus Bleach Alternative Liquid per gallon of warm water. Allow the garment to soak for up to 5 minutes weighting the item with a white towel to keep it totally submerged. Without rinsing off the detergent place the garment into the washer with other items. Wash on the usual cycle on the hottest wash temperature indicated6.

It’s important to note that different fabrics may require different methods of stain removal and it’s always best to check the care label before attempting to remove a stain.

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Are there any specific types of fabrics that are more susceptible to perfume stains and do you need to adjust the stain removal method accordingly?

Certain types of fabrics are more susceptible to perfume stains than others. For example fabrics made of natural fibers such as silk wool and cotton are more likely to absorb perfume oils and develop stains.

Synthetic fibers such as polyester and nylon are less absorbent and therefore less likely to develop stains. When removing perfume stains it is important to adjust the stain removal method the type of fabric.

For example for washable fabrics such as cotton and polyester you can dab the stain with water and apply detergent before laundering. For delicate fabrics such as silk you can flush the stain with water and add a few drops of glycerin before blotting with a clean cloth.

For more stubborn stains you can use rubbing alcohol or a vinegar solution before laundering. It is important to treat perfume stains as soon as possible before they set in and become more difficult to remove.

Can you provide some tips on how to prevent perfume stains on clothes in the first place?

Here are some tips to prevent perfume stains on clothes:

  1. Avoid spraying perfume directly on clothes. Instead spray it on your skin or hair.
  2. Apply perfume before getting dressed to avoid accidentally spraying it on your clothes.
  3. Use a fragrance-free moisturizer on your skin before applying perfume to help it last longer and prevent it from rubbing off on clothes.
  4. Wait a few minutes after applying perfume before putting on clothes to allow it to dry completely.
  5. If you do accidentally get perfume on your clothes act quickly and blot the area with a clean cloth or paper towel to remove as much of the perfume as possible before it sets in.

What should you do if you accidentally discover a perfume stain on your clothes after they’ve already gone through the wash and dryer?

If you accidentally discover a perfume stain on your clothes after they’ve already gone through the wash and dryer there are several ways to remove the stain. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Soak the garment in a solution of 1 quart warm water 1/2 teaspoon detergent and 1 tablespoon white vinegar for 15 minutes. Rinse with water.
  2. Apply a commercial fabric spot cleaner to the stain following the directions on the container. This should remove the stain.
  3. If the stain remains use a general household cleaner such as 409 or Fantastic. Agitate the stain using a folded absorbent cloth or old toothbrush. Blot thoroughly to remove the stain. Then sponge with a mild detergent and water solution. Blot. Rinse with clear water. Blot thoroughly.
  4. If hand-removing the stain hasn’t worked soak the fabric in a solution of one part water and one part baking soda for 10-15 minutes. Then launder as usual.
  5. Create a soaking solution by adding 1 ounce or 1 1/2 tablespoons of Tide Plus Bleach Alternative Liquid per gallon of warm water. Allow the garment to soak for up to 5 minutes weighting the item with a white towel to keep it totally submerged. Without rinsing off the detergent place the garment into the washer with other items. Leaving the detergent on the stain will give your wash that extra boost of cleaning power. Wash on the usual cycle on the hottest wash temperature indicated.

Note that it is important to treat the stain as soon as possible after staining. The older the stain the more difficult it will be to remove.

All stain removal methods should be applied prior to laundering washable garments. Stains that have been laundered and dried are almost impossible to remove.