Dai Ni asked, “Does anybody know how to get a perfume stain out?”
Perfumes often contain both alcohol and oils, as well as dyes, any of which can leave a stain. Use the methods below to remove the stain as soon as possible, as any stain is easier to remove when it is fresh.¹
Removing the Perfume Stain
Always test a cleaning solution on a small, out-of-the-way area first to look for any adverse reaction.
You Will Need:
- Soda water
- Cold water
- Dish liquid
- White vinegar
- Rubbing alcohol
- A cotton ball
- Hydrogen peroxide
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Hold the fabric with the stain facing downward and blot soda water or cold water onto the area behind the stain. This will help to flush the stain out of the fabric.²
- Rub a few drops of dish liquid into the front and back of the stain. Allow the dish liquid to sit on the stain for about 10 minutes, then use cold water to rinse the area.²
- Combine 1 tablespoon of white or distilled vinegar and a few drops of dish liquid in 1 liter of water. Soak the stain in the solution for about 15 minutes and rinse the area clean.²
- Another option is to use rubbing alcohol. Test the alcohol on a small hidden spot on the garment first and if safe, moisten a cotton ball with the alcohol and blot the back of the stain. Rinse well after the stain is removed.³
- If the fabric is white and there are traces of the stain remaining, blot the stains with 3% hydrogen peroxide, then rinse the area well.⁴
Additional Tips and Advice
- A laundry stain remover, such as Zout, can also remove a perfume stain.¹
- Do not try to remove a perfume stain with soap, as soap can cause the stain to set.²
- Always apply your perfume and let it dry completely before getting dressed to prevent stains.¹
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HELP!!!!!! We got a set of bonded leather couches (couch and love seat) that looks brand new, but has a TERRIBLY STRONG stale cigarette odor. I’m ready to throw them out. I’ve already tried distilled vinegar and water, leather cleaner, and I’ve placed cinnamon-scented pinecones under the cushions (on the fabric part); nothing seems to be working. Any ideas or advice would be appreciated. Thank you!
This is the article that you need: How to Remove Cigarette Smell from Leather.
I normally use a cheap can of carpet cleaner instead of Shout or other stain removers for clothes because it takes strains out better and doesn’t harm your clothing; it’s delicate enough on carpets, so why not your clothes. Spray a little on the stain, and let set about 5 minutes or overnight. Check it first on a small area if the clothes are dark or colored. I use it on all colors of my clothes. If using the liquid spray carpet cleaner, you can even put a little in with your wash load.