Q: How do I get dandelion stains out of a knit top?
A: I don’t have a lot of experience with dandelion stains, so I went out to the front yard and picked a few. I am assuming you’d like help with stains from the yellow flower petals—they certainly make colorful stains! Fortunately they are a lot like grass stains, and I found that the following is effective to remove them:
- Presoak the stained area with a good detergent (that contains enzymes) and warm water for 30 minutes.
- Rinse away the soaking solution—you’ll still see yellow staining, and now it’s time for bleach.
- If your stained item is white, then wash in the warmest water recommended on the care label with detergent plus ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach.
- If your stained item is colored, pre-treat the remaining stain directly with liquid Clorox2® Stain Fighter & Color Booster. Wait 3-5 minutes then wash in the warmest water recommended on the care label with detergent plus more Clorox2®. By pre-treating the stain, you get maximum power from the oxygen bleach in Clorox2®. Note that because it is a gentler bleach, it’s good to air dry the top and check to make sure all the stain is out. You can repeat this step if any stain remains.
Readers – do you have experience with dandelion stains? How do you go about removing those vibrant stains?