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An ice cream cone can be a perfect compliment to summer, until it drizzles down your shirt. And even thought ice cream may seem like a harmless stain, because it is protein based, it can be one of the most difficult dry stains to remove.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Up to 1 hour with soaking time.

Here's How:

  1. Treat ice cream stains as soon as possible for the best results. Put the stained fabric into cold water for 5-10 minutes or longer if the stain is dried. Avoid hot water which will set a protein stain.
  2. If you can still see any remains of the stain, rub detergent into the stained area and soak in room temperature water for 1/2 an hour. Rub the stain gently every 3-5 minutes.
  3. After rinsing the clothing, add a stain remover stick, gel, or spray to the stained area. Allow it to sit for 7-10 minutes.
  4. Repeat the soaking and stain remover steps until no ice cream is left in the clothing. You want to be sure, because once the fabric is dried it will be nearly impossible to remove the stain. Wash the clothing according to the fabric directions.
  5. For Dried Stains: Remove as much of the stain as possible using a spoon or dull knife. There is no need to have any extra ice cream to remove above what is soaked into the fabric.
  6. Rub liquid laundry detergent into the stained area, and allow the stain to soak in cold water for at least 30 minutes.
  7. In order to allow the liquid detergent to fully penetrate the stain, gently rub the stained area between your fingers every 3-5 minutes.
  8. Now that you've gone above and beyond for a dried stain, repeat the steps listed above for fresh stains.

Tips:

  1. Do not dry the ice cream stained clothing until you are absolutely sure that the stained area is fully gone. It's better to allow the item to air dry first. If the stained area still has a slight yellowish or brownish area, repeat the stain removal steps as many times as needed. Drying in a dryer may set the stain forever, so you'll need to be sure it is fully gone before drying.

What You Need

  • Dull knife or spoon
  • Liquid detergent
  • Stain remover spray, stick, or gel
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