Sherrie asked: How do you remove white-out (liquid paper) from clothing? When trying to put white out on some paper, I dripped some of it on my shirt (100% multi-colored cotton).
White-out is convenient for fixing all kinds of errors in our work, but when it spills on your clothing it becomes a mistake that’s hard to forget. Though this white paint seems to bond to the fibers in the fabric and turn to a plaster of sorts, it can be removed when made like a fresh stain again. Follow these directions to soften the white-out and remove it for good.
You Will Need:
- Spoon or dull knife
- Acetone (nail polish remover)
- Mild soap
- Soft cloths
Steps to Remove the White-Out:
- Begin by scraping away as much of the white out as possible using the spoon.
- Next, apply some WD-40 or Windex to both sides of the stained area and rub it in with your fingers.
- Allow it to set for a few minutes and then scrub it gently with a sponge or soft cloth. Keep the area moistened as you scrub. It may take a little bit of scrubbing to remove the stain entirely.
- Rinse the area completely with clean water.
- If the stain remains, place a clean cloth under the stained area and blot both sides with acetone or acetone nail polish remover.
- When stain is removed, clean the area with a mild soap and water or launder as usual to remove any residue from the cleaning products. If any spot remains where the white-out was, treat it with a laundry stain remover prior to washing.
Additional Tips and Ideas
- Goo Gone is a commercial remover that can be helpful in removing white-out stains. Test a small, hidden area first as this cleaner can cause discoloration on certain fabrics.
- Rubbing alcohol is also effective for removing lighter stains.
- One of our site users (thanks!) reported having success using eucalyptus oil and said that it was so effective, barely any scrubbing was needed.
- Whenever trying a new cleaning solution on an item, always test it first in a small hidden area to look for any adverse reaction.