How to get Fabric Softener Stains Out

Have a fabric softener stain that just won’t seem to come out? Getting rid of these stains involves several steps, but they can be done quickly and easily.

Overview of Fabric Softener Stains

Fabric softener stains can occur from both liquid fabric softener you put in the washing machine and dryer sheets you stick in the dryer with your clothes. The stains typically have a bluish-gray and greasy look. They typically happen in the washer when the fabric softener comes in contact with the stains. In the dryer, the dryer sheets can create stains if the dryer is set at a heating setting too high for the sheets.

Removing Fabric Softener Stains: Step by Step

Removing fabric softener stains requires several steps:

  1. Select a Detergent and Stain Remover that suits the fabric color and type
  2. Apply the stain remover to the clothing and let sit for a couple of minutes
  3. Wash using your chosen detergent at the highest possible wash temperature safe for the fabric
  4. Check to see if the stain is gone before drying

Choose a Detergent and Stain Remover

Choose a stain remover that works for both the fabric type and the color of the clothing.

  • Sil 1-for-All Stain Salt or Sil 1-for-All Stain Gel for colorfast fabrics
  • Persil Color Megaperls® or Persil Color Gel for colored textiles
  • Persil Universal Megaperls® or Persil Universal Gel for whites
  • Perwoll Care for fine fabrics

Pre-treat the Stain

To remove the fabric softeners stain, dampen the stain with water, then apply your chosen stain remover to it. Rub the detergent into with your fingertips. Rinse, making sure to get all of the soap out.

Wash and Rinse

Wash the clothing in the hottest possible water that is safe for the fabric. Use the correct detergent for the color and fabric type and the ‘heavily soiled’ dosage on the product. Keep in mind that the quicker you wash the clothing, the more likely the stain will come out.

Check the Stain After Washing

Check the clothing after washing. If the stain is still present, soak the garment in Persil Color Gel, Perwoll Care or Persil Universal Gel, depending on the color of the fabric. Wash again.

Getting Fabric Softener Stains out of Special Laundry Types and Fabrics

Fabric softener stains appear most often on clothing that is washable. After all, the stains occur during the laundry process. However, take care to look at the garment label before treating and washing these clothes again.

Removing Dried Fabric Softener Stains

The process for removing dried fabric softener stains is the same as removing fresh ones. To renew the stain, always start by dampening the fabric with warm water.

Removing Fabric Softener Stains from White Clothing

White clothing is often more sensitive to stains than other colors. Persil Universal Megaperls® or Persil Universal Gel are the best option for fabric softener stain removal of white clothing.

No one expect the laundry process to actually create more stains, but it can. If you have a fabric softener stain, use these tips to get rid of it.