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    No-Nonsense Holiday Stain Removal

    December 16, 2019 2 min read

     

    With all the feasting at this time of the year, there are bound to be spills.  Did you know linen is one of the easiest fabrics to keep clean, if not the easiest?

    The proof is in the pudding…so we have staged a demonstration.

    We added gravy, cranberry, red wine and chocolate, all to one hapless white linen napkin. 

     

     

    We rinsed the worst of it off, rubbed dish detergent into the gravy and chocolate to get rid of the grease, soaked it overnight in Biz and absentmindedly drank the wine.  In the morning, we washed it as usual in the machine, but we didn’t put it in the dryer.  Why not? Because heat can set a stain, even on stain-resistant linen. 

      

    HOW TO TREAT STAINS
    1) Rinse under water
    2) Rub dish detergent into the greasy spots 
    3) Soak overnight in well-dissolved Biz (never chlorine bleach)
    4) Launder as usual in your machine, but DON'T dry until you've checked all stains are gone

     

    While the napkin was drying, we did still see a shadow of red wine, so we dunked it again in Biz and voila, perfection!  Linen is so easy to clean!

    Wax can be a problem too, but since linen is a bast fibre (from the flax stem), it even shrugs off wax better than cotton.  Do all the things Martha tells us - scrape it off cold, etc. etc.. but I find the old-fashioned method of ironing it between sheets of brown paper (keep the paper moving) works.  It can be difficult to locate brown paper now, so if you have any scraps of sacrificial cotton, use them.


    Happy, carefree holidays!


    3 Responses

    Tricia Rose
    Tricia Rose

    December 27, 2019

    Thanks for the tip Pamela! I go to Biz because it has enzymes, so it works on fats and proteins. I also revert to Shout, especially on the natural color fabric as an over-enthusiastic use of OxiClean or Biz (in a paste, or just not well dispersed) can create white blotches.

    Pamela
    Pamela

    December 18, 2019

    You can also soak linen in a small amount of sodium percarbonate (the active ingredient of Oxi clean without all the fillers) using the same technique as Biz. It’s non-toxic and won’t harm fabrics. You can also use sodium percarbonate to clean coffee makers, enameled cookware, bathrooms, it’s amazing stuff.

    Tracy
    Tracy

    December 18, 2019

    This is great! I’m learning so much from Rough Linen. :)

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