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Honey, in all its sweetness, can actually make quite a sticky mess. And on your clothing, honey can do real damage, especially to the fibers of the fabric. With a few simple steps, though, honey stains are history.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 Minutes

Here's How:

  1. Treat the stain as soon as possible.

    Waiting to treat a honey stain is a really bad idea. If it hardens, it becomes more difficult to remove the sticky stain without damaging the fibers of the clothing. Carefully, use a dull knife to remove the excess honey. If it's too hard, you're best bet will be to move on to step two.

  2. Rinse the stained area thoroughly with cold water.

    Cold water will help break down the honey without setting the stain into the fabric.

  3. Rub liquid detergent into the stain.

    Use liquid detergent and saturate the stained area, thoroughly. Let the clothing sit for at least 5 minutes before rinsing hot water through the back of the stain over the sink. Making the water as hot as you can will force the honey stain out of the clothing.

  4. Apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray.

    Wash the clothing regularly with liquid detergent.

  5. If the stain remains, try steps 1-4 again.

    If the stain still remains and the garment is white, or you have tested it for colorfastness, there are a few other solutions you can try. Be sure you understand that these items can bleach out patterns and color along with the stain. Use a mild bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, or lemon juice. Use a sponge to apply your choice to the fabric. Rinse thoroughly.

  6. Apply stain remover stick, gel, or spray again.

    Rewash with liquid detergent.

What You Need

  • Dull knife
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Stain remover stick, gel, or spray
  • Hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, or lemon juice (white or colorfast clothing only)
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