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How to Remove Tough Stains from White Towels

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By elizabeth.baroi@nau.edu

My Laundry Question

Hotels seem to always remove stubborn stains from white sheets and white towels; yet, I can't do that. I use bleach according to the directions, yet many white towels and sheets still have stains. My kitchen towels have food stains, which is my biggest problem. Help!

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White kitchen towels are 100% cotton. They are the large sack cloth (I think that's the correct description) and I love them because they absorb and dry without streaking. I use spices such as cumin, when I cook. I may get a red wine stain and other food stains. I use hot water and bleach and nothing works. I have makeup stains on white bath towels.

Lessons Learned

  • Bleach and hot water do not work.

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

100% cotton

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

In order to remove any type of stain you must use a detergent or stain remover to treat the specific stains. Bleach does not remove stains like oil or tannins. You need to treat the stains following the tips for the specific type of stain - Stain Removal A to Z. I also have some tips on getting the best results with chlorine bleach. This should help you.

Good luck!

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