1. Home

Your suggestion is on its way!

An email with a link to:


was emailed to:

Thanks for sharing About.com with others!

Most Emailed Articles

Modular and Manufactured Homes

How to Clean US Navy Dress Whites

Submit an Entry: Your Laundry Questions and Answers

By PvtDonut

My Laundry Question

I need to get dirt stain out of my navy dress whites which are 100% polyester, within 24 of this anyone could help that would be great (in a hotel and no access to washers and dryers)

Share a Little Background Info

It was from walking around New York City, over 6 months ago. So some time has passed. But I was walking around and maybe it was from a few puddles that splashed maybe, they are very small stains, I just need some help

Lessons Learned

  • Uh no just ironed them, but not the stains

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

100% Polyester

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Since you are in a hotel without access to a washer, here's what you can use in this emergency: Begin by wetting a white towel with water and "flood" the small stained area with water from both the front and back sides. Next, use just a tiny bit of shampoo and work it into the stains using your fingers. Again, work from the back and front of the stain. Rinse the area by using a clean wet to again "flood" the area and remove the shampoo. Let the wet areas air dry or, if you must, use the low setting on a hair dryer and hold it at least 12 inches from the fabric.

Or, if you can get to a drug store or corner grocery, find a Tide Stain Release pen. Follow the instructions and it may take care of the stains. Work in a small area and from the outside of the stain to the inside so that it doesn't spread.

All the best and thank you for your service to our country.

©2015 About.com. All rights reserved.