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How to remove milk stains from clothes in 3 simple steps

Whether from feeding your baby or making yourself an indulgent hot chocolate, milk stains are a common stain for many families. And, as any parent can tell you, not treating them straight away can cause the milk to dry, sour, and start to smell. To help, we’ve put together this guide on how to get rid of milk stain from clothes. Rather than being daunting, you can complete this process in just three simple steps. Read on to find out how to get rid of milk stains with a little help from Persil.  


Removing milk stains in three steps

As with many stains, it is important to act as quickly as you can to remove milk stains from fabrics. Remember to always read the care label on your garment and always test cleaning methods on a small area first.


1. Blot the milk stain 

This step is only necessary with a fresh milk stain. Take a clean cloth, sponge, or piece of kitchen roll and gently dab the area of the stain. Do not rub– this could make things worse. The idea here is to remove as much of the excess milk as you can. This will make the stain easier to remove. Milk stain treatments, as with other stain removal techniques, work best when the area being treated is as small as possible.


2. Soak the item

Whether you’re dealing with a fresh or dried milk stain, the next step is to soak the item of clothing in cold water for five minutes. It’s important to use cold water as warm or hot water will essentially cook the milk protein, making it discolour the fabric. Soaked milk stains are easier to work with than dry ones, so it’s best to do this step as soon as you can.

If you want to know how to remove milk stains that have completely dried, then simply soak them for a longer time to help soften the stain. If the stain is crusty before you start then you can also dry gently scraping off some of the dried milk before you put it to soak. Use the back of a spoon for this to avoid damaging your clothes.


3. Pre-treat the milk stain

Pre-treatment is essential when it comes to removing milk stains, but there are a few different ways of doing it.

  • With liquid detergent: apply a small amount of Persil Bio Liquid or Persil Non-Bio Liquid to the garment and work in gently. Leave a couple of minutes before rinsing clean. While biological detergents contain enzymes that are perfect for powering through these types of stains, you may want to opt for a non-biological option if you have sensitive skin or are washing delicate baby clothes.
  • With washing powder: similar to the above, make a paste by mixing a little washing powder with water and spread it over the stain. Leave it to work for a few minutes and then rinse.


Milk stain removal: How to wash stained clothes

Once you’ve pre-treated your stain, you need to wash the garment to remove any residual milk stains. Use your normal wash cycle and favourite detergent, and check the care label on your garment to find the maximum wash temperature. Once the cycle has finished, check to see if the stain has been completely removed. You may need to re-treat the stain if a few marks remain. So, there you have it, removing milk stains is easy with our three-step process.

Remember to treat stains as quickly as you can to improve your results and reduce the chance of stains occurring as much as possible by giving young children cups with lids or draws to drink from and using bibs or muslin cloths when feeding babies and infants.

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