Every once in a while, from out of nowhere, I will find a rust stain on one of our clothes. I’d like to know what causes them. It’s a mystery.
I suspect they may come from a wet wash or cleaning cloth being tossed in the laundry basket on top of a dry shirt or pants. Since we have really hard water, I think if the wet cloth sits there for a few days, it makes the stain. It’s a theory.
Whatever causes them, I know just the thing to get rid of the nasty stain.
First off, if this is a precious article of clothing, first test this solution on an inconspicuous spot. This solution does involve lemon juice, and as many a teenager with lemon juice and lounge chair knows… lemon will act as a bleaching agent.
Speaking of bleach, whatever you do, don’t put bleach on the rust stain. It has to do with chemical reactions, but it will set the stain and make it near impossible to get out.
Oh yeah, there a nasty culprit. On linen no less! There are two rust stains on these pants at different spot. I. I’m not going to bother testing my fabric, because if this solution doesn’t work, these pants are essentially ruined. It wouldn’t be a total loss, they will be cut up and go into a quilt. It’s a very pretty fabric after all ; ).
Sprinkle on little salt onto the stain. Often I will first squeeze lemon juice first so the salt sticks.
Next squeeze more lemon juice over the salt to saturate it with the juice.
Let the whole thing sit until the next day, occasionally squeezing on a little more lemon juice.
After about 24 hours, I washed the pants in the washing machine. (Again, don’t use a laundry soap with bleach!)
And here’s the results. One of the stains is completely gone without a trace.
The other stain was faintly still there. So I think I may repeat the process one more time on that stain. Even though it’s actually hard for me to find the stain. Lemon and salt for rust stains. It’s a good thing Martha.
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