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Removing marshmallows from clothing

By Dr. Laundry July 25, 2012

What is the best way to remove marshmallow from clothing?

S’mores are a summer campfire staple, but they sure can be a sticky mess! Fortunately marshmallows are mostly sugar, water, and gelatin, and dissolve rather easily in water. You can also presoak the item in a detergent and water solution prior to washing for an extra cleaning boost. Add a few tablespoons liquid detergent to a gallon of warm water and fully submerge the item for 5-10 minutes. Next, pour off the soaking solution and wash the item in the hottest water recommended on the care label. Air dry the item and check for success–it’s always a good idea to keep a stained item you are working on out of a hot dryer until you know the stain is all the way out so you can repeat a treatment if necessary to get a stain all the way out.