Dealing with Laundry Scorch Marks

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated September 13, 2010)

There is a difference between a light scorch mark and a heavy one. A light scorch mark that is found on your laundry is most often the result of not paying particular attention when ironing your clothes. Dealing with laundry scorch marks such as these are fairly easy things to do. Unfortunately, dealing with the occasional heavy scorch marks (otherwise known as full on burns) isn't as easy a task. Simply use the steps below to get rid of the lighter marks, and have your clothes looking good once again.

Before starting this method though, a brief word of warning. Since you will be using some chemicals such as ammonia, or hydrogen peroxide, you need to be very careful. If you use this on heavily colored clothing, you may end up bleaching the colors out. Always test the cleaners on an area of the clothing that isn't easily seen so you can see if there will be any adverse reactions. Be sure that you test your cleaning solution on all your clothing, regardless of coloring, since the bleach and hydrogen peroxide can damage the fibers in the cloth.

  1. Apply the chemicals. You only want to use a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia when dealing with scorch marks. The best way to make sure that you don't over do it is by applying the chemicals with an eye dropper. Begin by applying the hydrogen peroxide to the scorch mark. After you have done that, rinse out the eye dropper, and then apply a drop or two of ammonia to the scorched area.
  2. Let it stand. Allow the chemicals to stand for several minutes. The minimum amount of time that you should let them stand is three or four minutes, but you can let them stand for up to an hour. Do not let the chemicals dry out though. Periodically, reapply some more hydrogen peroxide and ammonia with the eye dropper.
  3. Flush it. Flush the stained area with some cool water. Completely saturate the stain so that you can be sure that you have completely removed the chemicals that you placed on the clothing.
  4. Launder your clothes. Once you have finished flushing the clothes, you can launder your clothes as you normally would, with only one slight change. Use an oxygenated bleach, such as Oxyclean, when you wash the clothes. Keep in mind that you only want to use this type of bleach if it is safe for the clothes.

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