Charlie's Corner

August 12, 2019

How to Remove Stains from White Clothing (without Using Bleach)

When a dollop of chocolate, coffee or grease splats on a crisp white shirt, bleach was once the answer. But that answer is not necessarily the best one. Not only is chlorine bleach highly toxic, but it can be damaging and corrosive to certain materials, as well as your skin. A gentler, safer way to remove stains from white clothing is in order. And you can get it right here, right now.

Tips to Remove Stains from White Clothing

Stains on white clothes can be tough, but you can go for a fix that’s even tougher. The general remedy for getting out stains involves a few simple steps:

If any evidence of the stain persists after washing, repeat steps until stain is completely gone.

Now that you have the basic outline for getting rid of stains on white clothes, you can add even more stain-fighting power with specific tips for different types of stains.

Chocolate Stains: Before treating with Charlie’s Soap Pre-Spray Stain Remover, blot off excess chocolate. Also run cold water on the back of the fabric directly beneath the stain.

Coffee Stains: Absorb excess coffee with a clean rag before pre-treating the stained area.

Red Wine Stains: Do not blot red wine stains before treating, as blotting can push the stain more deeply into the fabric. Instead, apply pre-spray and wait until the stain dissolves. Blot the area after the stain has dissipated.

Stains from Berries: Scrape off any remaining berry debris from the fabric before treating with pre-spray.

Grease Stains: Immediately add Charlie’s Soap Pre-Spray Stain Remover to the area, rubbing it gently into the stain. Once you’ve waited at least 30 minutes and are ready to wash, use the hottest setting the garment can handle.

Additional Tips to Remove Stains on White Clothing

The faster you start to remove stains from white clothing, the easier it will be. Letting stains linger gives them time to set in.

Heat is another element that makes stains set in, which is why you never want to use the dryer until the stain is completely gone. Dryer heat can actually make the stain permanent.

Scrubbing a stain is another move to avoid. Gentle blotting can help lift off the stain in many cases, but scrubbing it can push it more deeply into the fabric.

One more thing to keep in mind is that not all bleach is created equal. While you want to avoid chlorine bleach for its potential hazards, non-chlorine bleach provides stain-removal and whitening power without the toxic detriments.

Charlie’s Soap Oxygen Bleach is non-chlorine bleach formulated with washing soda and hydrogen peroxide. This makes it safer for your fabrics, your home, and the environment. Whichever stain-removal methods you choose, you’re choosing wisely with Charlie’s Soap.