How To Remove Body Soil Stains From Your Clothes
Bodily fluids aren't pretty and even less pretty on your clothes. Learn how to get rid of body soil stains from your clothes in an instant.
Step 1: You Will Need
- laundry tub or cold running water
- alkaline stain remover
- unseasoned meat tenderizer
- small bowl
- light-colored cloths
Step 2: Go Cold
With most protein based stains, cold water can be your first line of defense. Heat can actually change the chemical structure of protein stains, making them much harder to eliminate. Simply agitate and soak the stained item of clothing in cold water. If the stain is old or dried, try mixing in a little detergent to loosen the stain up.
Step 3: Alkaline Time
Treatment for protein stains vary, but you'll be more successful with a neutral to mild alkaline stain remover, which consists of an acid. Acids treat alkaline stains and vice versa. You have several options here. You can either mix one part white vinegar to two parts cold water, one part lemon juice to two parts cold water or make a paste with cream of tartar and cold water. Whatever option you choose, proceed with caution. Cleaning solutions can potentially ruin some fabrics. It's best to test the solution behind a hem or other hidden area. If you see any change of color in the fabric, find another solution that might be safer for this particular material. Once you're sure the cleaning solution is safe to use, gently dab the stain with a light-colored cloth that's saturated in the solution. Be careful not to rub too hard. You could damage the fabric and make the stained area more noticeable.
Step 4: Beat The Stain
WARNING: Don't use this step on silk or wool items. If the alkaline treatment failed you, try meat tenderizer. Make sure you use an unseasoned meat tenderizer. Mix the powder with enough water to make a paste. Apply it to the stain; wait 30 minutes, then rinse.
Step 5: It's A Wash
By now, either one, or a combination of these methods, should have been successful at getting that stain out. Now all you have to do is wash and dry as directed by the label.