Kitchen Towel Stain Removal, Part 2: Blood and Chocolate

TowelsRus explains how to remove common stains from kitchen towels

TowelsRus offer charming kitchen towels, for hanging on a rack or the range and for putting on a roller. We have patterns for any décor, and while you can count on us to deliver high quality and good looks, we can’t prevent the dreaded kitchen accident. We’ve recently covered the best ways to get out oil and red wine, and now we turn to a few other substances that might end up on your towels. A top tip is to keep hydrogen peroxide in the house – unlike bleach, it won’t lift commercial dyes, so it works on organic-based stains without damaging coloured fabrics.

With any substance, avoid putting the item in a dryer before you’ve removed the stain, as that will make it nearly impossible to remove.

Blood

We know, ew, but as kitchen stains go, this one is pretty likely at some point; fortunately, it’s an easy one to manage. If it’s not dried yet, put the towel in cold water and rub the area with soap and rinse. If the blood has dried, soak the stain with hydrogen peroxide and gently scrub with either an old toothbrush or clean cloth. Apply more peroxide and let soak for 5 minutes. Then, go over the area with a hot iron. If the fabric is synthetic, apply the heat through a towel, not directly, or use a different heat source, like a blow dryer. This process can be repeated. If you can see a line around where the peroxide was, just spray the area with water.

Chocolate

First, we know that whatever you made that caused the stain was worth it, so an imperfect kitchen towel is a small price to pay. If the substance is still fresh, gently scrape off the excess and run cold water through the back of the cloth to get out as much as you can. Don’t use hot water – it will spread and set the protein and oil in the chocolate. Next, absorb liquid laundry or dishwashing soap (not the type made for dishwashers, though) into the area, let it sit for 5 minutes, and then put it in cold water for 15 minutes, gently rubbing it every so often to work the loosening substance out of the fibres.

A dried chocolate stain is really stubborn, but if the item hasn’t already been washed and put through the dryer, there’s still hope. Just skip to saturating the area with the liquid soap first and then soaking in cold water for about 30 minutes. Laundering with OxiClean might help the rest of the way.

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