How to Dissolve Dirt

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Whether you've tracked mud onto your white carpet or stained an outfit outdoors, getting rid of the dirt can be a challenge for anybody. However, many companies make products that dissolve dirt for easy removal from fabric. Alternately, you can use home cleaning products like laundry detergent to help dissolve dirt as well. To effectively remove dirt stains, you will need to ensure that you remove any excess dirt promptly.

Things You'll Need

  • Sponge
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Remove excess dirt carefully. If there is dirt remaining on the fabric, carefully shake it off, or pick it up using a paper towel; be careful that it does not fall elsewhere on the fabric. If the dirt is wet, allow it to dry.

  • Mix the laundry detergent and water together in a plastic cup. Use a laundry detergent that is mild and does not contain bleach.

  • Dip a sponge into the solution and use it to apply detergent directly to the stain. Apply pressure to the stain and begin to dissolve the dirt.

  • Continue to blot, until the dirt begins to lift from the fabric. The fabric will become lighter.

  • Place the item in the washing machine. Add bleach to hot water, if the fabric is white.

    If you are removing dirt from carpet, add one tablespoon of household ammonia mixed with one cup of water in a spray bottle and blot to further loosen the stain and remove excess moisture.

  • Wash the fabric again, if the dirt is not completely removed. Do not place it in the dryer until all dirt has been removed to avoid setting the stain.

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