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how to remove powdery clothing stains

If you often find powdery clothing stains on a freshly washed load of laundry, the cause can usually be traced back to one of two things happening on wash day:

  • Using the wrong type of detergent

Here's how to make powdery clothing stains a thing of wash days past.

Warm Water Can Help Eliminate Powdery Clothing Stains

The right wash water temperature can help ensure you aren't left with a powdery residue on freshly washed clothes.

Set the wash water temperature to warm for best results.

This is because laundry detergent is designed to be activated by warmer water, allowing it to dissolve completely in the wash water and be carried away in the rinse water.

When the water temperature does not fully activate laundry detergent,  it can remain on your freshly washed clothes.

Add a Repeat Rinse Cycle

One way to prevent this from happening is adding an extra rinse cycle to each wash load. This can help ensure your laundry detergent is thoroughly washed away in the rinse cycle.

Don't Overload the Washing Machine

Often, placing the laundry detergent in directly atop garments in the washing machine can be the sole cause of powdery residue.

To prevent this, add detergent first to a wash load, before tossing in dirty clothes.

The most common culprit, however, is usually an over-packed washing machine.

Too many clothes in a load doesn't allow the machine adequate space or water to get clothes thoroughly clean.

As a result, laundry detergent often lingers on the clothes after the wash cycle is complete.

Use a Liquid Laundry Detergent

Finally, if nothing else works, consider changing to liquid laundry detergent to make clothing detergent remnants on clothes a thing of the past.

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