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How to Remove Semen Stains

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By Jill Verheyen

My Laundry Question

How do I remove semen stain that migrated in a laundry load from underwear to pillowcase and towel? Did not find til had been washed and dried.

Share a Little Background Info

I was Not aware of stain on underwear til washed with towels and pillowcase. Stain migrated in laundry process to other items. What a mess, I just want to get my towel and pillow case white again and stain free.

Lessons Learned

  • Throw male underwear away, if it has been stained. Be more careful and check laundry before loading washing machine.

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

Semen is a protein and should be treated as a protein stainbefore washing. To remove the stains from your white towels and pillow cases, 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.

Good luck!

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