July 3, 2009, Newsletter Issue #298: Detergent Stains on Clothing

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To remove undiluted detergent or fabric softener stains, try rubbing them with a bar of soap, and washing again, or soaking them in undiluted white vinegar until the spots disappear, at least 15 minutes but no more than 30. (Vinegar is excellent at dissolving soap residue). Launder as usual, and donīt worry, any vinegar smell will wash right out. If this doesnīt work, you could try wetting the stains, and rubbing them with a liquid dish detergent designed to remove grease. To prevent this from happening in the future, try adding the detergent as the machine is filling, and do not add the clothes until after the machine is filled and starts to agitate.

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