How to Remove Burn Marks from Clothing

Mary asked: I’ve had linens, bed linens and towels in the airing cupboard and now find that where they were folded, are large, brown burn marks. I can boil wash the white towels, but not the coloreds. Is there any way to remove these marks? Thank you for your help.

It may not be possible to remove all burn marks from clothing, depending on what type of fabric is scorched, how old the stain is, and how dark or severe the marks are. Scorch marks in wool, for example, actually burn and shorten the fibers. Dark or brightly colored fabrics are harder to restore than lighter ones, while burn marks aren’t likely to come out of silk at all. In most scenarios, this method will improve the look of the burned clothing but don’t forget to spot test before you begin.

You Will Need:

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cold water
  • Clean white cloth
  • Iron

Steps to Remove the Marks:

  1. If the scorch mark is fresh, soak it immediately in cold water for at least 24 hours. Often, this will remove the marks. If not, continue with the next step.
  2. Wet the scorch mark with hydrogen peroxide. Remember to spot test first. Peroxide may fade some fabrics and/or colors.
  3. Wet the clean white cloth with peroxide, then place it over the scorched fabric.
  4. Iron lightly.
  5. Repeat, keeping the cloth moist with peroxide, until the stain is gone or until you no longer see improvement.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • As an alternative, rinse with white vinegar then water and repeat until the stain is gone (or you no longer see improvement).
  • One more trick is to cover the burn mark with lemon juice and lay it out in the sun. This causes a natural bleaching effect, but it may fade fabrics, so spot test first.


  1. I really hope it will work guys… I’m going to soak it first…

  2. I tried hydrogen peroxide and has worked perfectly for me.
    I had just burnt my beautiful new iron board cover, so I put some hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle with some water (I have distilled water, but I guess will work with normal water too).
    I made a solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 10 parts water roughly and sprayed liberally all over the burnt patch, left it to soak for few minutes, then I lightly ironed it until it started to dry and it was pure magic; the burnt stain just vanished!
    Thank you so much.

  3. My dress blew up against my cigarette; how do I remove the burn mark?

  4. My straightening iron burned my new white cardigan. I hope this works; it’s my favorite cardigan.

  5. Which strength of peroxide should I use? Would 12% be OK?

  6. I tried this and it worked fantastically on my white linen trousers which were scorched lightly due to a hot iron, which I did not check as I was visiting and at home, I use a total steam iron so I just forgot about temperature. I am so happy this remedy did the trick.

  7. Just took out a light burn made by a cigarette from a white T-shirt; works good.

  8. Thanks a lot; worked perfectly. I used 3% hydrogen peroxide and followed the instructions. It was a cigarette burn and it saved my white t-shirt. Thanks a lot again 😀

  9. Thank You So Much! The stain came out immediately.

  10. I have the outline of the iron on a wool jumper, but it is not scorched. How can I deal with this please?

  11. Amazing! This totally worked!

    I ironed on a patch to sort a bad rip in some acid wash jeans and the iron left a green-blue scorch mark in the shape of the iron. I immediately soaked it in cold water for 24 hours and used some 3% peroxide and it came out!! THANK YOU!

  12. I burnt my North Face jacket at church over a candle? What do I do? It looks like bubbles!!!!

  13. I burnt my brand new chambray shirt while blow-drying my hair…I’m soaking it now…hopefully it works! :)

  14. I need to know if this will work on bed sheets. My bed sheets are brand new.

  15. Tyler,
    Yes, these methods should work on bed sheets. Keep in mind though that a cleaning solution should always be tested on a small, hidden spot first to look for any reaction. Some cleaning solutions can cause fading, which would be more noticeable or drastic on new sheets (due to the fresh dyes).

  16. How to remove burn marks made by an iron on my faint-colour top?

  17. What works if the fabric is black?

  18. Melanie says:

    The methods in this article should work to remove iron burn marks. Best of luck!

  19. Melanie says:

    With black fabrics, the best thing to do is test a cleaning solution on a small, hidden spot first. Peroxide and vinegar do not fade all fabrics. Hopefully, even if one isn’t safe, the other will be.

  20. I really pray that the peroxide will work for me. My son washed his white shirts and put them in the dryer and the dryer burned his clothes. I don’t know what to do being that I have no money to get any new shirts for my son, so I am praying for a miracle. Boy oh boy, when it rains it pours.

  21. I was adding iron-on transfers to a while poly-cotton t-shirt and the last one not only scorched the fabric, but made it hard to the touch. Is it repairable with this method? I have it soaking now.

  22. I don’t suppose anyone knows if this may work for singed soft denim? I left my new tight stretchy denim jeans too close to the heater drying and they scorched a horrible brown burn mark right across the leg!!!! $250 Lee jeans ruined! I suppose all of these are worth a try as they aren’t wearable like this! Just wondered if heater burn was the same as iron burns, ya know…! Please, someone have a clue?!

  23. Scorched my black silky material dress. It left 4 iron marks quickly on the dress. Can I get this off it? Please help.

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