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Popsicle stains on a swimsuit

By Dr. Laundry July 9, 2012

How can you remove a red Popsicle stain out of a swimsuit?

With sweltering heat all over the country right now, it is hard to resist a popsicle! Red stains can be particularly difficult to remove, but I would try the following:


  1. Apply liquid Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster directly to the stain, and rub it in.

  2. Wait 3 – 5 minutes — don’t let it dry on the fabric!

  3. Wash in the hottest water recommended on the care label with detergent + more Clorox2®.


You could also try a Clorox2® pre-soak (if there are two pieces soak them together) using a capful of Clorox2® added to 2 gallons of warm water. Allow the item to soak for 30 minutes, then wash as directed above.