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How to Remove Liquid Vitamin Stains from Clothes

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By lisapbia@yahoo.com

My Laundry Question

I need to figure out how to remove a stain from what I believe are cotton or a cotton/synthetic brand of pants.

Share a Little Background Info

I know exactly how it happened. I was carrying my daily dose of vitamins all day and never got them taken. That includes two waxy/sort of jelly-like red/reddish-brown capsules, one is lycopene and the other is lycene (sp?). I went for a walk with them in my front pocket in extremely hot, humid weather outside.

In essence, I guess they "melted." I noticed two big reddish spots on the outside of my pants and was baffled. When I later removed the vitamins I saw the problem. Both capsules looked deflated.

I put Spray and Wash or something like that on the stain overnight. This morning I washed them in a cold load of what I think was Tide Free & Gentle (something like that, since I have allergies kick in with laundry detergent otherwise). I also put in Oxi-Clean. It did little good; the stains are still there. I did not dry the pants. I put them aside again, this time putting the stick/gel form of Spray & Wash (or the like) on them.

Next step? I also notice the stain went onto my leg, where it is faint but also hard to remove.


Lessons Learned

  • Be careful with red-colored or any capsule vitamins in hot weather!

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

I think it's a stretch cotton

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

You are on the right track. What you have is a dye-transfer. The capsules have dye added to give the desired color. I'm guessing the slacks are not white so you cannot use a dye remover. So, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach ((OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach)and warm water following the directions on the package. Completely submerge the slacks and allow them to soak for 24 hours. Check the stained area and if it is gone, wash as usual. If it remains, mix a new solution and soak for another 24 hours.

You were very smart to keep the slacks out of the dryer. High heat will set the stain. I'm sure that the dye will come off your leg in a few days and a few more showers!

Good luck!

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