Saffron is one of the hardest stains to remove from clothes. While quite flavorful, the yellow pollen from crocus is also an excellent dye. The key to stain removal is to treat the stain as soon as possible.
For washable fabrics, treat the stained area with a heavy-duty stain remover like Shout. Use a small, soft brush - like an old toothbrush - to work the stain remover into the stain. Begin at the outside edge and work in a circular motion toward the center. Try not to spread the stain any larger.
Rinse under cool water. If any yellow color remains, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach) and cool water. Follow the package directions as to how much product per gallon of water. Completely submerge the garment and allow it to soak for at least eight hours. Check the stain. If it is gone, wash as usual. If it remains, mix a fresh solution and repeat. It may take several soakings to remove the stain but it should come out.
If the garment is dry clean only, point out and identify the stain to your professional cleaner. If you are using a home dry cleaning kit, be sure to treat the stain with the provided stain remover before putting the garment in the dryer bag.
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