Red Clay Stains - Help!

sdsnyder9July 8, 2007

Hello,

We just moved to Georgia, and the first thing my daughter did is to get red clay all over her favorite dress. It's purple cotton knit, and I washed it after pre-treating it with Charlie's Soap All Purpose cleaner. It didn't budge the stain (which surprised me b/c it has been very good on stains for me in the past). Is there a way to get these stains out?

Thank you very much!

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twinsmom_2003

I wrote an answer to this last night, but it did not post for some reason.

I use 1/2 cup Biz with 1/2 to 1 cup of Tide with bleach in just enough hot water to dissolve the powders and cover the item. I soak for about 30 minutes stirring every 10 minutes or so with a wooden spoon. Then I run the item through the washing machine mixing the solution in with the washer's water.

Good luck. BTW - I have always been of the mind that if the clothes soaked with red clay get ruined, then I can live with it since it was already ruined by the clay beforehand. I use this same solution on soiled baby clothes with great results. My son's baseball pants and shirts come out great most of the time.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2007 at 12:40PM
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stbonner

I haven't tried this personally, but my sister-in-law swears that Resolve Carpet Cleaner gets red clay stains out of clothes. Her son plays baseball and she uses the Resolve on his uniform.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2007 at 7:27PM
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charliesoap

TKPP, STPP or TSP (phosphates) thrown in with your detergent of choice... you end up with super soft water and then the detergent can work.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2008 at 11:20PM
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blazinlo

To add a little humor.....

One person's junk is another one's treasure - LOL
http://www.dirtshirt.com/default.aspx?categoryID=1

Bet they don't need detergent here :-)

Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.dirtshirt.com/default.aspx?categoryID=1

    Bookmark   July 18, 2008 at 2:17PM
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chambleemama

The red in the clay is iron deposits, so try something for rust--starting with a little vinegar on an edge of the stain. Test the fabric first!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2008 at 10:10AM
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charliesoap

My brother has that shirt!

    Bookmark   July 19, 2008 at 6:17PM
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