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How Do I Get Strawberries Out Of a White Cotton Blouse?

By Dr. Laundry June 28, 2016

Q: How do I get out strawberries from a white cotton blouse? A: You can easily pretreat your strawberry stain before washing, but before you do, check the care label just to make sure your cotton blouse doesn’t have any spandex.  It’s getting more and more common to have white cotton items that includes a very small amount of spandex–unless you check the care label, you may not be aware of it!  Even in a very small amount, spandex limits your options for washing a majority white cotton item because spandex should never be washed with Clorox® Regular-Bleach or any laundry product that contains the sodium hypochlorite bleach active.  So once you know what the fiber content is of your blouse, you can try the following:   For a 100% cotton or cotton/polyester blend blouse, pretreat the strawberry stain with Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel. Apply a little of the gel directly to the stain and gently rub it in using the soft scrubber tip on the pen.  Immediately wash the blouse in the hottest water recommended on the care label using detergent and 1/2 cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach.  Air dry the shirt and check for success.   For a cotton blouse that also includes a little spandex, pretreat with liquid Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster.  It’s easiest to use the cap to apply a little liquid Clorox2® to the stain and then gently rub it in to the stain.  Wait 5 minutes, and then wash the item in the hottest water recommended on the care label using detergent and more Clorox2®.  Air dry the shirt and check for success.   It’s always important when you are working on getting a stain out to keep the item out of a hot dryer until you know the stain is all the way out.  That’s the main reason you should let something air dry. It makes it so much easier to repeat a treatment for complete success!  If you have any other questions, please let me know.  Thanks for writing!