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How to remove mustard stains

By Dr. Laundry June 2, 2012

How do I remove mustard stain?

First, blot away any excess and rinse the stain with a little cool water, reducing the amount of stain you have to work on.  Next it’s important to pretreat the stain—what you use depends on the color and fiber content of the item.

For white bleachable items (always avoid bleaching wool, silk, mohair, leather, and spandex) rub the stain gently with Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel just before laundering.  After pretreating, wash immediately in the hottest water recommended on the care label using detergent and ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach.  Air dry the item (it’s important to keep it out of a hot dryer to avoid heat setting any residual stain) and check for success.  If any stain remains, repeat the treatment.

For colored items (and white items labeled “color safe bleach when needed”), apply Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster. Rub it into the stain and wait 3-5 minutes.  Wash immediately in the warmest water recommended on the care label using detergent and Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster.  Air dry the item and check for success—again, it’s good to keep the item out of a hot dryer so can repeat the treatment if the stain is stubborn.