No one likes to have stains on their underwear. Even after being washed and dried, remaining stains make us feel unclean and unattractive. Some stains, like urine, can leave lasting odors as well, which follow us, wash after wash. For these reasons, it’s important to tackle underwear stains as quickly as they occur.
Types of Stains on Underwear
Underwear stains come from a few different sources, and none of them are pleasant. Blood, including period blood, poop, feces, urine and vomit are the types of stains you often find on this item of clothing. As soon as they occur, it’s important to act quickly. The faster you are, the more of a chance you have of getting the stain completely out.
Removing Underwear Stains: Step by Step
To remove underwear stains:
- Choose a detergent and stain remover based on the color and fabric type
- Get rid of any excess solid material from the garment
- Blot up any excess liquid with a paper towel
- Turn the underwear inside out and flush the backside of the stain
- Apply your detergent directly to the stain and let sit for 20 minutes
- Wash at the hottest temperature possible according to the underwear label
- Check the stain after washing
Choose a Detergent and Stain Remover
Take a look at the instructions on the maintenance label. If the underwear is washable, use:
- Persil Universal Megaperls® or Persil Universal Gel for white fabrics
- Persil Color Megaperls® or Persil Color Gel for colored fabrics
- Perwoll Care for fine fabrics
- Sil 1-for-All Stain Gel or Sil 1-for All Stain Salt for colorfast fabrics
Remove any excess solids with a spoon or blunt knife, then blot the area with a paper towel to soak up as much liquid as possible. Turn the underwear inside out and flush with cool running water, removing much of the stain. Apply your detergent and stain remover to the front of the stain and let sit for 20 minutes so the stain remover can soak into the fibers completely, removing both the odor and the stain.
For colorfast laundry, add Sil 1-for-All Stain Gel or Sil 1-for All Stain Salt.
Wash and Rinse
To get blood out of underwear, as well as well as poop, feces, urine and vomit, wash the underwear at the hottest water temperature possible according to the garment label. The hot temperatures can help kill some of the bacteria left behind.
Check the Stain
Before drying, always check to make sure the stain is completely gone. Drying it could make the stain permanent. If it’s still present, soak the garment in a mixture of your chosen stain remover and warm water.
Removing Stains From Cotton Underwear
In most cases, the steps above can help you remove stains from cotton underwear. Avoid using natural and homemade stain removers for this type of fabric, however. Some, like bleach, can permanently damage the fibers.
Dealing with unpleasant underwear stains and odors? Take care of stains quickly using these simple-to-follow instructions.