Re: Setting Tea or Coffee Dyed Fabric
- From: "Mary Fisher" <mary.fisher@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2008 19:53:40 +0100
"Sarah Dale" <sarah@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Mary Fisher wrote:
We're just back from our Arctic cruise, for which I bought Spouse ten
beautiful and expensive shirts. We threw out four bin bags of his old
ones and other clothes which were too bad for any other use.
Welcome back! And congratulations on having such a good clear out before
That's not what he said - but he's forgotten now and is accepting that what
used to be his 'best' shirts must be used for working in.
Q. How can you REMOVE coffee stains from cotton shirt cuffs, please?
Well, when DH has got coffee / tea on his shirt / handkerchief, I wash as
normal but make sure I add plenty of "oxiclean" or whatever the brand name
is of the oxygen based cleaning stuff I've got in the cupboard - they all
tend to have "oxi" in the name somewhere... Doesn't always come out first
go, especially if he's used his handkerchief to mop up a spill (men!), but
does come out sooner rather than later.
Hmm. I've no idea if we have anything with 'oxi' in the name ...
If they are just light spots - I wouldn't worry to deeply. If they are
industrial clean up of coffee spill type stains, I'd pre-soak the shirts
in Oxiclean or similar in accordance with directions on the tub before
Somewhere I have a tube of something which says it's for stain removal.
Never used it, this could be a good time :-). Trouble is, I've washed and
ironed the shirt and it's in his new 'best shirt' drawer.
I did some research on the 'net the other night on setting tea and coffee
dyed fabric, and from what people had written, had come to the conclusion
I probably want to coffee dye rather than tea - it's browner apparently!
Just avoid getting alum, vinegar or salt on your husband's shirts! I know
I don't have to warn you about not using a tumble dryer on them!
a) we haven't a tumble dryer
b) I wouldn't put those beautiful shirts in one anyway!
We had one when the children were young - in the sixties and early
seventies - it was ideal for making sure their uniforms were wearable on a
Monday morning - but I wouldn't thank you for one now. They impart a certain
undesirable je ne sais quoi to the fabric.
And there's little chance of getting alum, vinegar or salt on the shirts :-)
Regards (and HTH)
It does, thanks.
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