Soot stains cotton pants. The soot sticks to the cotton fibers. Baking soda works well on cotton to remove stains. As with any stain, soot stains need treated before drying and as soon as possible. If the cotton pants are washed and dried before the stain is treated, the stain sets into the fibers. Soot comes from the ash residue from fires. Soot spreads by traveling through the air or direct contact. The actual soot itself is not hot.
Things You'll Need
- Baking soda
- Liquid laundry detergent
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Shake the cotton pants to remove loose soot.
Wet the stain with cold or lukewarm water.
Sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the stain.
Gently rub the baking soda into the stain.
Rinse out the baking soda with water.
Pour a dime-sized drop of liquid laundry detergent to the stain.
Work the detergent into the fabric by gently rubbing it with your finger.
Wash the garment. Cleaning.tips.net suggests washing the pants alone to prevent soot from getting on other clothes.
Check the stain. If it's still there, treat again with baking soda. If it's completely gone, dry.