Little grease spots EVERYWHERE.
I mean everywhere. All over my shirts, Mr. Spouse's business shirts and khakis, EV-ER-Y-WHERE. As I fluffed out each new shirt only to find more grease spots, the culprit rolled on out...
You little bugger.
I immediately launched into the five stages of grief.
- Denial: It's not really that bad, you can't really see the spots. (Response: it IS really that bad - me and Mr. Spouse are going to look like we are spontaneously sweating through random pores in our bodies)
- Anger: How in the free world did I not see a tube of chapstick sneaking into the dryer?! (Response: much gnashing of teeth)
- Bargaining: Maybe this is a sign that we need to donate these clothes and enjoy the added space in our closets. (Response: I am not going to donate some clothes just because they have a stain on them.)
- Depression: All of our clothes are RUINED! I might as well throw out our entire wardrobe and start over. (Response: Mr. Spouse telling me to save my drama for my mama.)
- Acceptance: There HAS to be a way to get this stuff out. This can't be a problem that only we have. (Response: Google.)
I could practically kiss the creators of Google. No less than 42 million results were collected in response to my query. The most beneficial tutorial I found (complete with video) was this one. The overwhelmingly popular solution? Baking soda. Done and done.
So here's what I did. I laid out the shirt on my kitchen counter (you will want to be near a sink or even outside) and sprinkled a small pile of baking soda on each spot.
Using a toothbrush (or a larger cleaning brush for bigger spots), I rubbed in the baking soda to each spot. The baking soda absorbs the grease from the chapstick. As it absorbs the grease, it will start to ball-up.
Once most of the baking soda has combined together into small balls, sweep the baking soda off of the garment into the sink.
For a second time, pour another small pile of baking soda onto each spot...
...and repeat the process of rubbing in the soda and dusting off the shirt. You want to repeat this process until the baking soda no longer balls-up. This means that the soda has absorbed all of the grease from the garment.
Next, use your normal laundry stain remover to treat the spots.
Allow the stain remover to soak for about 15 minutes and then run the garment through the laundry again.
After treating the entire load of marred laundry, the kitchen was a bit of a war zone.
After washing and drying the clothes, they came out looking pretty good!
While the spots are still there, they faded SIGNIFICANTLY. They are really only noticeable in certain lights. I am sure that if I did another round of treatment, they would be gone, but I just didn't have it in me. I'll see how I feel wearing them and then go from there.
- I was able to use supplies I already had around the house to treat the stains.
- I now have a solution to a problem that I'm sure will pop up again.
- With a little bit of elbow grease and patience, the spots really do look much better!
Have y'all ever had this problem? How did you treat the stains? Did you find something that works really well?
I hope you're proud of yourself.