10 Responses to Sophia at Four Months

  1. Mary July 1, 2008 at 8:33 am #

    Have you tried white vinegar?  I found this information on a website.  White vinegar by the gallon is pretty cheap:
    *  Moisten a clean household sponge with full-strength (right out of the bottle) white vinegar and thoroughly wet the stain. (You may even fill the cap from the vinegar bottle with vinegar and pour it directly on the stain.)
    * Grab your salt shaker and sprinkle a healthy dose of salt on the vinegar. Then rub it in to the stain.
    * If the sun is shining brightly outside, lay the vinegar/salt soaked garment in the sun and let the sun help draw the stain out. If it isn’t sunny, allow the vinegar/salt to air dry on the garment.
    * Now toss it into the washer and wash according to manufacturer’s directions for the fabric.

  2. Katherine June 30, 2008 at 9:37 am #

    No, but I am so sorry. I had to throw out one of Felicity’s cute outfits from when our previous dryer got so hot it burned the snaps clear off the fabric. I lamented one being ruined. I can’t imagine many. I’m so sorry. I hope someone has some good advice for you.

  3. Hallie June 30, 2008 at 11:24 am #

    I’m not sure any of these are any more efficient but here you go (I’m pulling for the rhubarb myself)…

    Naval jelly works for removing rust stains from floors and furniture, and it can also remove the stains from clothes. Rub the naval jelly into the garment and allow to sit for a while. Launder as usual.

    Use an over-the-counter rust remover. Many industrial cleaning products are formulated to remove rust stains from fabric. Follow the instructions on the back of the bottle.

    Boil rhubarb for twenty minutes, remove the stalks, and soak the garment in the rhubarb water until the rust stains are removed or at least most have disappeared. Launder as usual.

    Rub stains with salt and lemon, and leave in the sun to dry. Launder as usual.

    Wet the garment and dab with a bit of cream of tartar. Allow it to sit for a while and launder as usual.

  4. Hallie June 30, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    And one more thing…what on earth is naval jelly? LOL!

  5. KatieButler July 1, 2008 at 12:46 pm #

    Rit makes a rust stain remover, but their website says it’s only safe for white clothes.  Best of luck!

  6. Kathryn July 1, 2008 at 3:25 am #

    I’ve had a lot of luck with this stuff in the past http://www.carbona.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=47, I usually get it in the laundry aisle at our grocery store, or in the notions department at the fabric store. 

    I’ve never tried this one but it might be more effective since you have a whole load to do http://www.ritdye.com/Fabric+Treatments., but it says you should only use it on white clothing.

  7. Melanie Bettinelli July 1, 2008 at 4:31 am #

    The clothes are all sorts of colors, white, pink, yellow, many of them floral patterned, striped, etc. I’m really hoping to find something that lets me do a whole load without having to scrub each item as there are probably more than 30 individual pieces, almost all the 0-3 month clothing we have plus blankies and crib linens, etc.

  8. Roger July 1, 2008 at 11:42 am #

    I second the vinegar & commercial rust remove comments.

    Any light acid is the trick – especially ascorbic, oxalic, citric, or boric.  Soak them for a while to remove the stains, and rinse in a tablespoon of baking soda to neutralize the acid – or it may eat the seams!

  9. Kimberlee July 2, 2008 at 12:38 pm #

    Whink! This has always worked for me and should be available at the grocery. You just squirt it on the stain and it disappears. http://www.whink.com/rust_stain_remover.htm

  10. M July 3, 2008 at 11:59 am #

    I don’t know if it will work on rust, but BIZ is great stuff.  I soaked my 43 year old baptism dress and my 37 year old first communion dress that had yellowed with age in a bucket of BIZ water (soaked for three days, with a couple of changes of water) and all stains were removed.  The clothes came out bright white.  BIZ also took out the red dye that had run into the yellow fabric of a quilt.  Good luck!

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