Dealing With Butter Stains
Written by Lee Wyatt (last updated May 10, 2021)
Have you ever noticed how often butter will leave a stain that is just a little difficult to get out? In large part this is due to the fact that butter is such a greasy substance, that in many ways it is almost as difficult to remove as cooking grease or automobile grease. Don't worry though, there are a few "tricks" that you can use when removing butter stains.
- Dish soap. One of the best ways that you can go about removing butter stains is by using some liquid dish soap. Soaps such as Dawn and Palmolive are formulated to cut through grease, and can be an immense help in getting rid of the stain. Simply hand wash the area that is stained, apply a little bit of the dish soap, scrub, and then rinse out. After doing that, wash the item as you normally would.
- Commercial cleaners. Commercial cleaners such as Lestoil and the Dollar Tree favorite LA Awesome work wonders in being able to remove many kinds of stains. Usually all you need to do is use the cleaner as a pretreatment agent, and then wash as you normally would any clothing or garment. Be sure that you familiarize yourself with the instructions for these cleaners though, since they may not be compatible with all fabric types.
- Pre-treat with soap. Believe it or not, but if you do a pre-wash, hand wash, of the stained garment with some regular soap you should be able to remove the stain. Simply get the area that is stained wet, and then scrub it with some regular hand soap. Rinse the area thoroughly, and then repeat a couple more times. Wash the garment as you normally would, and the stain should be completely gone.
- Talcum powder. Another great method for removing butter stains is to sprinkle the stain with some talcum powder. While the stain is a still fairly fresh, and not completely dried out, dab it with a paper towel, and then lightly dust the area with some talcum powder. Allow the stained item to sit out overnight, and then dust the stain off. Wash everything as you normally would, and the stain will be gone.
- Vinegar. A greatest all around cleaners can be found in most kitchen cabinets. That cleaner is simply a little bit of vinegar. For some reason vinegar is able to cut through most grease stains without any problem, and butter stains are the same way. Gently scrub the stained area with a little bit of white vinegar (since it doesn't smell as strongly), and then rinse. Wash the garment as you normally would and you will see that the stain is gone.
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