Pauline asked: How do I remove yellow perspiration stains? I have a quilt that is light cream in color. My husband pulls it up around his neck, and it is a yellowish color. I can’t get it out.
Whether your quilt is a family heirloom or the start of a new tradition, you’ll want to remove those stubborn yellow stains without damaging the color or the fabric. For delicates, it’s best to consult a dry cleaner. Machine washable fabrics should improve with the following method.
You Will Need:
- White vinegar
- Laundry detergent
- Washing machine
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Make a thick, wet paste of OxiClean and water.
- Apply it directly to the stain.
- Scrub gently with a toothbrush.
- Allow it to sit for several minutes. Do not allow the paste to dry.
- Scrub a second time with the toothbrush.
- Rinse well with clean water.
- If stains remain, pour white vinegar over the affected area.
- Wash in the machine with laundry detergent and OxiClean added to the load.
- If the stain remains after the cycle, do NOT put the quilt in the dryer. Instead, spray the stain with white vinegar and allow it to dry in the sun.
- Repeat as needed, or until no further improvements are visible.
Additional Tips and Advice
- As an alternative to OxiClean, you can try making a paste with baking soda.
- For stubborn stains, try soaking the whole quilt overnight in an OxiClean solution.
- One of our site users (Thanks!) suggests soaking the quilt overnight in buttermilk.
- Always spot test new cleaning methods in a hidden area.