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Famous last words spoken between mother and child, “now remember honey be careful in your dress, it’s delicate”, “I will mommy” as she runs off to find her friends at a local church’s trunk or treat.
Normally Halloween costumes around our house are 75% off or more clearance finds, or yard sale finds, but this year we had been to Disney and I had surprised my daughter with a princess makeover complete with a Cinderella dress that soon had become my daughters favorite, and she found any excuse to wear it. I hated for the magic to end with a huge stain.
Several hours later, we arrive home from the trunk or treat and my daughter was wearing her coat and looking guilty, “mom I spilled mustard on my dress”. Me “how long ago” . Courtney “over an hour ago”.
I fly into action, dress off and immediately soaked in cold water.
Then I spent the next 2 hours reading and trying tips on mustard stain removal, here is what I tried and what I learned.
(Something you should know: I rinsed the dressed thoroughly between each and every step)
1. Original Dawn Dish Soap
Before doing anything I immediately got out my Dawn Original Dish Soap and applied it to the stain. It did reduce the stain in color but it was still very visibly yellow.
2. Tide Vivid
I then placed the dress on a towel on the counter and poured Tide Vivid over the stain, and allowed it to soak for 10 minutes. When I rinsed it off, I did not see any visible difference in the stain.
3. White Vinegar
I found an article online that mentioned soaking the fabric in white vinegar for 10 minutes is suppose to help. I tried it and nothing happened.
By now child is crying, since she got this dress in Disney World, and loves it. I am not being a super mommy, by soothing her, nope instead I am asking her over and over “why did you not tell me about this right when it happened?”
4. Rubbing Alcohol mixed with Dawn
I then try yet another online tip of mixing 1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol with 3 tablespoons dawn and allow it to sit on stain for 10 minutes.
Stain fades some but is still extremely visible.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide mixed with Dawn
I begin searching my Pinterest boards for help, I stumble on this pin and give it a try. After letting the mixture of 2 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide mixed with 1 tablespoon Dawn sit on the dress 10 minutes, I finally see a fairly faded stain.
7. Soaking overnight in Super Washing Soda.
I take a moment off stain removal duty to hug my daughter and reassure her I still love her. I tell her I am not angry about the stain but am disappointed by her deceitfulness of hiding it for an hour instead of confronting me right away. She agrees that hiding it was not worth it, and hugs me back.
Make up time done, I grab the box of Super washing soda and see clearly on the back, “gets out stubborn mustard stains”.
I followed the directions on the back of the box and soaked the dress overnight and by morning the stain is but a shadow of its former self. I then let it soak all day. I rinsed it out, and let it drip dry. When the dress dried, the stain was gone!
What I learned from this,
The best way to get out 1 hour old mustard stains out of delicate fabric is to first soak stain in cold water, then prepare a mix of hydrogen peroxide and Dawn and let it sit on the stain for 10 minutes, rinse clothing and place in a bath of super washing soda and allow to soak for up to 24 hours if needed.
Looking for more stain removal tips? Follow my How To Clean Tips board on Pinterest.
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