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Removing Cheese Puff Dust on White Shirt and Suede Shoes

By Dr. Laundry April 14, 2017

Q: I got some puke stains of a certain cheese puff snack on a white shirt and suede leather shoes the other night when I drank too much vodka. Any advice on how to clean them?

Thanks,
Sami

A: Hi Sami;

Typically, vomit stains that are predominantly stomach acid are removable by scraping away excess vomit before washing in the hottest water recommended on the item’s care label. It’s important to start by reading the care label because you’ll need to add the appropriate bleach for the fabric (always avoid bleaching wool, silk, mohair, leather, and spandex), especially for a colorful orange stain. This means as long as your shirt is all cotton or polyester cotton, you can use sodium hypochlorite based bleach products (like Clorox® Regular-Bleach1). If it includes any spandex, however, then you can use Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster. Here’s how:

For a white cotton or polyester/cotton blend shirt, pretreat any remaining stain with Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel. Just rub a little of the gel into the stain, and then wash immediately in the hottest water recommended using detergent and ½ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach1. Air dry and check for success — you can repeat the treatment if you need to for complete success.

For white items with spandex, pretreat any remaining stain with liquid Clorox 2® Stain Remover & Color Booster. Apply a little directly to the stain in, rub it in, and wait 5–10 minutes before washing in the hottest water recommended using detergent and more Clorox 2®. Air dry and check your progress. It’s always important to keep an item out of a hot dryer while you are working on getting a stain out since this improves your chances of eventual success by repeating a treatment on a stubborn stain!

Suede leather cannot be washed with any of the above products and should instead be taken to a leather cleaning specialist.

I hope this is helpful. I also hope you can take it easy on the vodka and save yourself from more laundry problems! Please let me know if you have any other questions, and thanks for writing.

—Dr. Laundry