How Do You Remove Fabric Softener Stains?

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Fabric softener can cause greasy-looking marks or blue-gray stains. This happens if fabric softener gets directly on fabric. The method for removing these stains depends on whether you can launder the item.

  1. Pre-treat washable items

    If the fabric softener has stained a washable fabric, start by pre-treating the stain. Dampen the area with a solution of water and liquid laundry detergent or white unscented bar soap.

  2. Launder the item

    Wash the garment with the hottest water that is safe for the fabric. Check the item for lingering stains before drying.

  3. Spot-clean non-washable items

    If the fabric softener spilled and created stains on a non-washable item such as the carpet, blot the excess liquid with clean towels. Create a solution of liquid laundry detergent and water. Dampen an absorbent pad in the solution and dab the stain. A solution of unscented bar soap and water can also work.

  4. Flush the area

    Dampen a clean towel in clear water and dab the stain. Repeat this process until the soap solution is gone.

  5. Dry the area

    Use clean cloths or paper towels to blot any excess liquid.

  6. Use alcohol on lingering stains

    If the stain lingers, blot the area with an absorbent pad dampened in alcohol. Flush and dry as directed above.