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I've Stained My Favorite Pair Of Pants

I've Stained My Favorite Pair Of Pants

Dear Sugar
I have an embarrassing problem that I am hoping you can help me with. I have an amazing pair of pants that I love, but I think my "monthly visitor" ruined them. Do you have a secret stain removing potion you could share with me? I want to save my pants but am too embarrassed to take them to the dry cleaners. Soiled Sandy

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Dear Soiled Sandy
There's no need to be embarrassed, these kinds of mishaps happen to the best of us. Hopefully my grandmother's tried and true secret solvent will be able to help you out. Here are the ingredients:

Fill a glass with one quart of water, one half tablespoon of liquid hand soap and one tablespoon of ammonia. Mix them all together and drown the stain in the solution allowing it to sit until you see some progress in the color of the stain. Then, rinse out your pants in cold water and hang them dry. Hydrogen peroxide is another good remedy, but only use it if the fabric is white. You have to be very careful when using peroxide because it's a bleach.

Dry cleaners come across all kinds of weird stains daily, so I would take it to a professional if my Grandmother's solvent doesn't get you the results that you are looking for. Definitely don't be embarrassed. Remember in the movie The Sweetest Thing when Selma Blair had to take Christina Applegate's "dirty" dress that she borrowed to the dry cleaners?

As embarrassing as it might be, they have experience getting out dried blood stains and I am sure they can help. Just be confident and go during off peak hours. If you are really nervous walk in wearing your largest pair of sunglasses. Good Luck!

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Stacy14878746 Stacy14878746 10 years
OXYCLEAN! It rules. Get the kind in a little bucket, and make a paste out of it (you'll use more powder than the box says). Put it on the stain and let it sit a bit, then rinse out. It will work miracles! I used it on some undies that I'd been using for my 'monthly' undies and it came right out, even though they'd been washed and dried before. Of course, be sure to make sure the pants are colorfast by testing first. I should be their spokesperson! :-)
Kratsina Kratsina 10 years
Hydrogen peroxide works best on that sorta stain when it's still fresh and wet, as gross as that sounds. It'll bubble the blood right out and not bleach the fabric as long as you rinse the peroxide out once your done.
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
Omg, let me tell you that peroxide is the best on taking blood out of things. My husband wrecked on a dirt bike and cut his leg up really bed. His shoe was SOAKED with blood and I coated that puppy with some peroxide and they came out almost like new. For some reason I put baking soda on them too?
ambertr0n ambertr0n 10 years
I have found that soaking my stained clothing in water diluted meat tenderizer works wonders.
purplesugar purplesugar 10 years
if you get to a stain quickly after it happens, the Tide-to-go pen works wonders
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Never dry it in the dryer until you are sure that you have out as much of stain as possible because once you put it in the dryer the stain will set. I love Shout its great at taking stains out
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
ice cold water works really well too.
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