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Recipe for Pit Stain Removal

Posted on Jul 5, 2012

The Laundress RECIPES Pit Stains

Get rid of those pesky yellow pit stains! On top of stubborn stains from wine, coffee, chocolate and so forth, one of the primary Laundress missions when we started this company was to conquer the “Pit Stain.”

This is a very common problem and a frustrating one at that! Fiber scientists conducted laboratory testing with our products at Cornell University to prove that we had a solution for this problem.

The stains (sometimes more yellow, some gray) are from the combination of the natural body oils, deodorant, and fabric absorption. To remove these stains & more, follow our recipes below… and Happy Laundering!

Tools:
Stain SolutionStain Brush

Optional:
Wash & Stain Bar, Scented Vinegar, All-Purpose Bleach Alternative

Pre-treat:
- Apply Stain Solution to the stain.

- Work the Solution into the stained area with our Stain Brush.

- Pour hot water from a height to be more effective and soak.*

- If stain has faded, but isn’t completely gone, repeat the process until satisfied.

- To remove odors: pre-wash or pre-soak with The Laundress Scented Vinegar. Apply vinegar directly on odor areas and work stain solution into the fabric. Soak well.

- Launder as normal.

*We recommended this process on durable fibers such as cotton, linen and some synthetic materials.
*For stain removal on delicate fabrics such as silk and cashmere, use tepid water. Do not soak silk longer than 30 minutes at a time.
*When treating stains from blood, always use cold water.

Machine washing:
- Pre-soak for super dingy whites. Make a bath of hot water and the All-Purpose Bleach Alternative. Apply Stain Solution directly on stained areas. Soak items for at least an hour or overnight. You may want to rinse dirty water and repeat.

- Launder with hot water and The Laundress Whites or Signature Detergent which combines color guard and enzymes optical brightener. Add All-Purpose Bleach Alternative directly to the drum of the washing machine.

Dry/Finish:
- Do not dry any items that still have stains.

- Hang to dry on a line in the sun for energy efficiency, natural whitening and that awesome fresh line experience…or use the dryer.

For more Pit Stain Removal, see Gwen Conquer the Pit Stain, and watch Anthony Tackle Ring-Around-The-Collar.

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How to Remove the Dreaded Pit Stain

Posted on Jul 21, 2014

How to Remove the Dreaded Pit Stain INTRO
 

The Ultimate Solution

 
If there’s one laundering challenge that we love to conquer more than the others, it’s the dreaded “Pit Stain.” Creating a cure for this unsightly stain was actually one of our main missions upon the start of The Laundress. A result of natural body oils, deodorant, and fabric absorption, everyone is prone to the yellowing of our favorite tees – with the summer heat, no one is exempt!
 
When it comes to the best removal method, pretreating is a must. Follow our “Pit Stain” recipe to help salvage your tops and restore them to new…

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General Stain Removal

Posted on Jul 10, 2012

The Laundress RECIPES Stain Removal
 

No matter what the stain, The Laundress will help you remove it!

The Laundress Stain Solution is formulated specifically to target and break down stubborn stains such as red wine, sauce, chocolate, grass, coffee/tea, grease, blood, pit stains and more.

- Apply Stain Solution to the stain.

- Work the Solution into the stained area with our Stain Brush.

- Pour hot water from a height to be more effective and soak.*

- If stain has faded, but isn’t completely gone, repeat the process until satisfied.

- Launder as normal.

*We recommended this process on durable fibers such as cotton, linen and some synthetic materials.
*For stain removal on delicate fabrics such as silk and cashmere, use tepid water. Do not soak silk longer than 30 minutes at a time.
*When treating stain from blood, always use cold water.

 

The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar is perfect for ring-around-the-collar, soil, oils, sunscreen and sunless tanner stains. The bar is the most convenient tool for spot-cleaning and getting to those hard to reach areas.

- For spot-treating: Wet The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar and stain, working the Bar directly into the stained area.

- If stain has faded, but isn’t completely gone, repeat the process until satisfied.

- Launder as normal.

*The Bar is not as effective as our Stain Solution for removing wine, coffee, tea and fruit juice (tannins) stains.

 

The Laundress All-Purpose Bleach Alternative is excellent to treat overall dinginess for whites and colors.

- Pre-soak in a washing bucket or add to your normal washing cycle with detergent in the machine.

- If treating direct spots, work Stain Solution into the stained area with our Stain Brush and follow instructions above.

 

The Laundress Scented Vinegar is effective in removing stubborn, pesky odors on textiles from smoke, underarm odors, mildew and more.

- Pre-soak with a ¼ cup in a washing bucket or add to your washing cycle in the machine.

- Launder with a detergent as normal.

Enjoy your “new” stain free items!

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Recipe for Washing Wool & Cashmere

Posted on Jul 9, 2012

The Laundress RECIPES Wool & Cashmere

Protect Your Investments! Don’t let the dry cleaners ruin your fine cashmere and woolens – when you invest in quality winter wear, why pay the dry cleaners to shorten the lifespan of that investment?

Tools:
Wool & Cashmere Shampoo,* Stain Solution and/or Wash & Stain Bar

Optional:
Fabric Fresh Spray, Scented Vinegar, Sweater Stone, Mesh Bags, Stain Brush

*Our rule of thumb for blended fabric is to wash according to the highest percentage. i.e. if your sweater is 70% cashmere and 30% silk, wash with Wool & Cashmere and follow the appropriate washing recipe.

Pre-treat:
- De-pill first if the item has heaving pilling. Brush the pilled areas with The Laundress Sweater Stone and shake out.

- Examine for stains: pre-treat with The Laundress Stain Solution or The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar. Always treat stains first and pre-soak for most effective removal

- To remove dirt, grease, grime (i.e. ring around the collar) treat with our Wash & Stain Bar. Wet bar and work into the fabric.

- To remove juice, wine, coffee, pen, chocolate use our Stain Solution and Stain Brush.

- To remove odors: pre-wash or pre-soak with The Laundress Scented Vinegar. Apply vinegar directly on odor areas and work stain solution into the fabric. Soak well.

- Turn your clothing inside out. This prevents abrasion and lengthens the life of colorant dyes.

- Do not mix colors, wash with like colors only.

Hand washing:
- Turn item inside out to wash the fabric where stains and odors buildup on the inside closest to your body and under arms.

- Prepare a “bath” –basin of cool/tepid water with 2 capfuls of The Laundress Wool and Cashmere Shampoo.

- Submerge item(s) in bath using your hands to agitate the water and detergent.

- Soak for at least ½ hour.* It is harmless to leave soaking for longer unless you are washing silk.

- Rinse well – running room temperature water until soapy water is gone.

- Do not wring; press the water out of the item instead.

*DO NOT PANIC if you see color in the water. This is normal and it is simply the yarn dye releasing color. You will not notice any loss of color at the end.

Machine washing:
- Change machine setting to woolens/delicate cycle. Make sure water temperature is cold. Add the appropriate amount of Wool & Cashmere Shampoo to the machine.

- Turn item inside out and place in The Laundress Mesh Bag and wash. Start cycle.

- Remove from the washer promptly to reduce creasing. Do not put in the dryer!

Dry/Finish:
- To dry – place item on top of a towel* making sure the towel and item is flat and in its original shape, then roll up in the towel (like a rolling pin) to remove excess water.

- To finish drying – lay item flat in its natural shape on a drying rack or towel. Hang, if item will not stretch or deform.

- When dry – finish removing any extra pills as noted above.

- We like to steam our wool/cashmere for the perfect finish. (this is not necessary, however).

*To speed up the drying process, use more than one towel and repeat several times.

Tips and Tricks:
- When storing for the season,* spray with The Laundress Wool & Cashmere Spray and place in a breathable cotton bag with a zip closure such as The Laundress All Purpose Storage Bag.

- Hand washing will lengthen the life of colored garments.

- Clean your washer monthly with The Laundress Machine Cleaner to protect fibers and fading from machine build up, lime scale and rust. Add (1/2 cup, 4 oz, 120 ml) to your machine dispenser and run a long load with hot water. Run a second load with just water and you’re ready to go!

*It is always a good idea to store with a natural bug repellent such as The Laundress Lavender Pouch Scented Squares.

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Recipe for Washing Silks & Delicates

Posted on Jul 8, 2012

The Laundress RECIPES Silks&Delicates

Silks & Delicates are a breeze to clean at home with our specially formulated Delicate Wash!

*Our rule of thumb for blended fabric is to wash according to the highest percentage. i.e. if your sweater is 70% cashmere and 30% silk, wash with our Wool & Cashmere Shampoo and follow the appropriate washing recipe.

Tools:
Delicate Wash, Stain Solution and/or Wash & Stain Bar

Optional:
Delicate Spray, Scented Vinegar, Stain Brush

Pre-treat:
- Examine for stains: pre-treat with The Laundress Stain Solution or The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar. Always treat stains first and pre-soak for most effective removal.

- To remove dirt, grease, grime (i.e. ring around the collar) treat with our Wash & Stain Bar. Wet bar and work into the fabric.

- To remove juice, wine, coffee, pen, chocolate use our Stain Solution and Stain Brush.

- To remove odors: pre-wash or pre-soak with The Laundress Scented Vinegar. Apply vinegar directly on odor areas and work stain solution into the fabric. Soak well.

- Turn your clothing inside out.  This prevents abrasion and lengthens the life of colorant dyes.

- Do not mix colors, wash with like colors only.

Hand washing:
- To wash – submerge item(s) in a cool water bath with 2 capfuls of The Laundress Delicate Wash.

- Use your hands to agitate the water and detergent.

- Soak for ½ hour (do not soak silk for longer).*

- Rinse well – running room temperature water until soapy water is gone.

- Do not wring; press the water out of the item instead.

*DO NOT PANIC if you see color in the water. This is normal and it is simply the yarn dye releasing color. You will not notice any loss of color at the end.

Machine washing:
- Change machine setting to delicate cycle and add the appropriate amount of Delicate Wash in the machine.

- Turn item inside out and place in The Laundress Mesh Bag and wash.

- Remove from the washer promptly to reduce creasing. Do not put in the dryer!

Dry/Finish:
- Lay item flat on a drying rack, a towel, or hang to dry.

- Some items may need to be steamed after washing.

Tips and Tricks:
- Hand washing will lengthen the life of colored garments.

- Clean your washer monthly with The Laundress Machine Cleaner to protect fibers and fading from machine build up, lime scale and rust.  Add (1/2 cup, 4 oz, 120 ml) to your machine dispenser and run a long load with hot water. Run a second load with just water and you’re ready to go!

For more recipes, visit our other recipes on the left-hand menu and click on “Can I Be Washed” for our fabric washing guide.

*To view Gwen’s step-by-step directions for washing silk scarves – click here.

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