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How Can I Get Rid of Washing Powder Stains on Clothes?

by John

I have a problem when washing clothes in my washing machine. My work uniforms - white shirts and black trousers - come out clean but with patches of white powder all over the clothes.

I am getting fed up and just don't know what to do. Can you assist me in choosing the right of temperature i should use for the white shirts and black trousers to avoid the patches and stains of the washing powder?

I tried to wash all the black trousers together and put the temperature on 40 degrees and they still came out with patches of the washing powder. I just had to soak them to remove the stains. Please can you help me?

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Aug 25, 2015

by: Tara,

When freshly washed laundry emerges from the washer with a powdery residue, the cause is one of two things:

* Too much detergent; and/or

* Using the wrong type of detergent.

Either way, the solution for removing powdery clothing stains is simple.

Try one or all of the following tips to keep your freshly cleaned items from acquiring the dreaded powdery finish.

1. Use a Warm Water Wash.

You mentioned using a 40 degrees temperature when washing your uniforms. Set the wash water temperature to warm. Laundry detergent is designed to be activated by warmer water. This will help the detergent dissolve completely.

2. Add a Repeat Rinse Cycle.

Add an extra rinse cycle to each wash load to help fully wash away any powdery residue from your laundry detergent.

3. Add Detergent First - Before Your Clothes.

Often, placing the detergent in on top of garments can be the sole cause of this frustrating blight. So add detergent before you toss in the clothes and uniforms.

4. Consider Changing to Liquid Laundry Detergent.

If the powdery stains remain after trying the above, consider switching to a liquid laundry detergent.

Good luck John!

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.