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Remove Mustard Stains: 4 Simple Steps

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Remove Mustard Stains: 4 Simple Steps

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Mustard is one of our most popular condiments. And because of its bright color, it is one of our most annoying stains. Because this stain sets so quickly, dealing with it right away is absolutely necessary. If you have a dried stain, soaking and an color safe oxy bleach may be your only chance.
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: 30 minutes-1 hour

Here's How:

  1. Remove as much mustard as you can.

    Use a dull knife or a spoon to gently scrape away as much mustard as possible. Be careful not to scrape so forcefully that you damage the fibers of the clothing.

  2. Rinse in cold water.

    Using cold water, rinsed through the back of the stain to force the mustard back out of the fabric. It's important to rinse from the back of the stain so that the mustard has less distance to travel out of the clothing.

  3. Add liquid laundry detergent.

    Rub liquid laundry detergent onto the mustard stain. Allow the clothing to sit for up to 10 minutes. Rinse the stained area thoroughly. Repeat this step until no more mustard stain can be removed.

  4. Add a stain stick, gel, or spray.

    Following the directions, apply a stain remover to the mustard stain. Wash normally with liquid laundry detergent. Before drying the clothing check to make sure that all of the mustard has been removed. If any hint remains, repeat the steps above.

  5. For dried stains

    Dried stains will need to be soaked in cool water with a color safe oxygenated bleach. You may need to soak the clothing for 30 minutes to as much as an hour before washing normally.

What You Need

  • Dull knife or spoon
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Stain remover stick, gel, or spray
  • Color-safe oxy bleach

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