Baby formula, sweat stains… even blood. Protein stains don’t always have to be food. But whether food or not, stains containing protein can be tricky to remove. Our first order of business? Never put stained clothing in the dryer. If you try one method and there is still some stain remaining, air dry. If you heat the stain, it will set and become nearly impossible to remove.
For protein stain removal, mix lukewarm (not hot!) water, about one tablespoon of ammonia and a teaspoon of dish washing detergent together. Soak your stained item for thirty minutes. Take the clothing out and gently rub the stain against itself. Soak for another thirty minutes. Now it is time to wash!
Rub the stain with clothes detergent and place in washing machine. After you have washed the item, check the stain. Remember, if any is remaining, do not place in the dryer.
There are several other ways to remove protein stains. Try soaking your item in milk overnight and then wash. For blood stains (get ready for this!), spit on the stain and let the enzymes in your saliva break down the blood. If you can find Lestoil, buy several packages – this is an amazing stain remover! Finally, dishwasher detergent is made specifically to get out grimy protein stains. Make a paste out of it and let it sit on the stain for a few hours.