Downy fabric softener makes clothes smell fresh and feel soft, while reducing wrinkles and static cling. Accidentally spilling liquid fabric softener onto dry cotton garments, however, leaves them marred with greasy, unsightly stains. Like all liquid stains, Downy permeates cotton fabric and becomes more laborious to remove over time. The key to ridding your cotton fabric of these stains, is to swiftly address them.
Rinse the Downy-stained fabric with lukewarm water. Flush out as much fabric softener as possible.
Coat the affected fabric with enough liquid laundry soap to thoroughly cover the Downy stain. Let the soap sit on the stain for 15 minutes.
Rinse the cotton fabric in fresh lukewarm water to flush out the laundry soap.
Launder the stained cotton in a clothes washer with 1/4-cup laundry soap. Use hot water for white-colored cotton fabric, warm water for medium-colored cotton and cold water for dark-colors.
Dry the cotton garment in a clothes dryer, once the stain is thoroughly removed.