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Removing stains from bird waste

By Dr. Laundry October 10, 2012

I was walking under a tree today and felt something hit my shoulder. A bird decided to leave me a little parting gift. I heard that is good luck, but my shirt would beg to differ. How can I remove the stain?

Oh my! That sure does not sound like the kind of luck I would like. Luckily, there are a few ways to treat this “stain” based on the color and material.

If your white shirt doesn’t contain any spandex or silk (you should always avoid bleaching wool, mohair, or leather as well, but these are not as common), then you can bleach it, so I would proceed as follows:

Pretreat the stain with Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel just before laundering–use the broad scrubber tip to gently rub a little of the gel into the stain.


  1. Wash immediately in the hottest water recommended by the care label using detergent and ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach.

  2. Air dry the shirt and check for success—if any stain remains, you can repeat the treatment with a much better chance of success if any residual stain hasn’t been heat set in a dryer.


If your shirt includes any of the fibers on the “avoid bleaching” list, then you should treat it as follows:

Apply Liquid Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster and rub into stain.  Wait 3-5 minutes, then wash immediately in the hottest water recommended using detergent and Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster.

Air dry the item and check to make sure the stain is completely removed. If stain remains, repeat the treatment.