How to Get Rid of Perfume Stains in Clothes


One day you look in the mirror and discover that one of your favorite outfits is starting to show perfume stains. This doesn't mean the garment is ruined or you'll never be able to wear it in public again. There are several ways to remove the stain completely. All it takes is a little bit of time, and some ingredients you might find around the house.

Things You'll Need

  • Cotton ball
  • Cheesecloth
  • Warm water
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Ammonia
  • White vinegar
  • Liquid dish detergent
  • Commercial stain remover

Use cotton to absorb excess moisture if the stain has just appeared. Sometimes the alcohol in a perfume causes a reverse-stain effect, and it’s essential to remove any chemicals from the clothes as quickly as possible.

Soak a cheesecloth with denatured alcohol and lightly rub the damaged area with the soaked cheesecloth. This helps redistribute remaining colors evenly after a reverse stain.

Submerge washable fabrics immediately in warm water if the stain is fresh. After soaking, wash the fabric and let it air dry. A dryer will actually set the stain if it's not completely removed.

Wet washable fabrics with glycerin if a stain has been there for a while. Thoroughly rinse the fabric then wash normally.

Treat perfume stains on white clothing by applying a solution made of equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide.

Try dabbing household ammonia on the stain as an alternate treatment. Then wash the stained area with liquid detergent.

Make a stain-cleaning solution using 1 qt. lukewarm water, 1 Tbs. white vinegar and 1/2 tsp. liquid dish detergent. Soak the damaged garment in this solution then wash the garment in your usual manner.

Consider using a commercial stain remover if the perfume stain is very old. Follow the directions on the product label.

Take the clothes to a dry cleaners if the fabric isn't washable. But first, sponge the stain with a small amount of warm water.

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