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Embarrassing question 
20th-Jan-2013 12:54 am
This is my first post on this community in years, and I might as well as an embarrassing period-related question to kick it off!

So, I have a cleaning question. I have not worn my first lolita dress in about 4 years. It is just hanging in my closet. The reason is that I have some light period stains on the inner lining of the skirt. So I was wondering: how does one get period stains out of white lining? And while I'm at it, it also has light armpit/deodorant stains--may I also have advice on how to get rid of those as well? I feel so grody eek. I am just getting back into lolita and I really, desperately want to fix and wear this dress. Thanks so much for any advice!
20th-Jan-2013 05:57 am (UTC)
Throw it out.
20th-Jan-2013 05:58 am (UTC)
Oxy-Clean stick.
20th-Jan-2013 06:11 am (UTC)
OxyClean is very good.
20th-Jan-2013 06:18 am (UTC)
When you use oxyclean (peroxide), be careful to not allow the cleaner to dry on the fabric, otherwise the fabric will become brittle. For old stains, soak the garment in water with oxyclean for 15-45 minutes, and wash gently afterwards. Sticks are for more immediate spot treatment, so it would be best to give your garment an all over clean as well as spot treating.

Edited at 2013-01-20 06:19 am (UTC)
20th-Jan-2013 06:26 am (UTC)
OxyClean says to soak for 1-6 hours.
20th-Jan-2013 06:42 am (UTC)
The sticks are for spot treatment, doesn't have to be immediate.
20th-Jan-2013 06:19 am (UTC)
After 4 years, idk about blood stains. It's probably there for good. Usually cold water and hand soap works just fine when it's new or the first day. Oxyclean and a toothbrush gets out deodorant stains really well. I guess if you have that out you can try it on the lining.
But if you haven't worn it in 4 years, maybe just cut the lining out and try replacing it. That's kinda bad. If it gets messed up, it's not a big loss since you haven't worn it in so long.
20th-Jan-2013 07:29 pm (UTC)
I'm going to agree here; if it won't come out just replace the lining!
Just replacing the skirt portion of the lining shouldn't be too hard if you know someone that can do some basic sewing :)
Or, worst case scenario, you just cut out the lining and don't have it anymore. It should still be wearable with the right petticoat I think.
20th-Jan-2013 06:54 am (UTC)
Attempt "Zout" or another enzymatic cleaner... if that doesn't work, it's likely a lost cause.

Deodorant is so hard to get off, but Zout is excellent there as well. White vinegar, baking soda, and an exorcism might help.
20th-Jan-2013 06:46 pm (UTC)
This! Zout was able to get grass and coffee out of white satin peau.
20th-Jan-2013 07:09 am (UTC)
Oxyclean. Let it soak for a couple hours. rub the spots to see if they're fading/coming off. If not, let it soak for up to 6 hours. After that, you scrub the area, you could use a brush too. Repeated soakings may be needed, I'd also say use lukewarm water, put in oxyclean and stir it a little so it dissolves properly, then put in the part of the garment with the stains. I received a jsk from a seller with an old yellowish tea or food stain on the front and after doing repeated soakings i got it out, so hopefully this will help you too.
20th-Jan-2013 07:15 am (UTC)
If you have sewing skills or know a seamstress, they could probably just replace the lining if it hasn't gotten on the skirt fabric. If you can't get it out with special cleaner, that might be your best bet.
20th-Jan-2013 07:27 am (UTC)
Hyrogen peroxide works on blood stains of pretty much any age. Use it liberally and let it soak.
20th-Jan-2013 09:48 am (UTC)
You left a stain like that for 4 years?

I have nose bleeds frequently and a few of my shirts have been caught, I find the best way to remove it is to soak it instantly and use some vanish, I dunno about a stain that's that old though.
20th-Jan-2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
This was my thought too. I usually don't leave stains for more than a couple of days (even if I'm lazy/busy) let alone 4 years...

I haven`t had the issue with any of my lolita (aside from some light weight staining), but I've had other clothing that I've gotten blood on before (I have really bad luck with exacto knives while crafting) and immediate soaking (or within 24 hours at the most) usually takes care of it pretty well even when all I've had was hand soap and some hotel shampoo. The longer it's been left to dry, the harder it is to get it out. Immediate removal is so effective that between the collective experiences of my friends and I, we've gotten stains of almost every kind from oil paints to blood to coffee out of fabric of any kind from lining to wool to bridal satin.
20th-Jan-2013 08:18 pm (UTC)
How did you get oil paint out? I had an accident with some a while back and all my go to methods didn't work. I've since binned the item but its useful to know for the future :)
20th-Jan-2013 08:41 pm (UTC)
The key is to not let the paint dry. Ever if it means dumping the fabric in a sink full of water right away, once the paint has dried even a little, it becomes a LOT harder to remove.

My methods are kind of ghetto because all the situations I've been in have normally be at a con where I've only had whatever was in the hotel room and my luggage to work with.

Scrape off any extra paint that's kind of just globbed on (credit card works well and you can just toss it to the side to wash clean later). Then run the portion with paint under lukewarm water continuously (to prevent further drying) and rub a bar of soap directly over the whole stain (with a little force so it actually rubs off on the fabric and not just glide over it). Once you've rubbed down the whole paint stained area, squish the area around a bit to allow the soap to permeate then rinse it thoroughly. Repeat until the stain's been removed entirely. Afterwards, you can speed up the drying process by compressing the web area with a towel (and if it's really easy-to-wrinkle fabric, this is better than wringing it out unless you can iron it later).

The same thing apparently works with fresh blood and I've had good luck with fresh food/beverage stains as well. It really is pretty dependent on the stain being really fresh though. For me, it usually takes about 3-4 go's with acrylic paint, about 6-8 with blood or oil paints, though darker paints on really light fabric might take an extra rub cycle or two.

In case it happens while you're wearing the garment (aka. no change of clothes handy), you can lock yourself in the washroom, do the spot clean and then just put it back on. Since it's only a spot clean, you'll look like you badly splashed yourself with water, but only a small portion of the garment will be effected, so it shouldn't be terribly uncomfortable to wear and it'll dry within about half an hour while you wear it (body heat helps a lot).

^Really only a useful method in a pinch. When I'm at home, I'll usually apply the standard stain fixes that everyone else does, but these things always seem to happen to me when I'm away from home.
20th-Jan-2013 10:12 pm (UTC)
Another super excellent emergency stain-removal tip: aspirin or Tylenol (I have to break the capsule for this one) dissolved in a bit of water to become a watery-paste or very cloudy aspirin-water makes an AWESOME stain remover. The mixture can be used to dab or scrub away stains very quickly (only tried pouring a ton of it once since I didn't want to waste painkillers). I've used it for makeup, coffee, juice, wine, blood, and bodypaint (Dear Homestuck cosplayers, SEAL YOUR BODYPAINT PLEASE!!!! Also, don't hug without permission!). The mixture isn't strong so it's good on most fabrics.
20th-Jan-2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
I never knew this! That's a really good tip.

As much as I wouldn't want to waste painkillers to clean a stain, I think this is a perfect set up for expired stuff. I feel so sad throwing away expired meds, but if they can have another purpose in life, that's a sweet deal.
20th-Jan-2013 10:34 pm (UTC)
I usually reserve it for an emergency during a con (like...unwanted glomps from weird Homestucks emergencies). But yeah, expired products should work pretty well for this too.
20th-Jan-2013 10:45 am (UTC)
Ew that's so gross. I'd try H2O2 for the stains and for deodorant hair conditioner. It saved my black dress once
20th-Jan-2013 12:27 pm (UTC)
Well I also got a dress with a suspicious stain on the inner lining, and I just gave it to professional cleaning. Usually also deodorant stains can wash out. So first step would be really give it to professional cleaning or just wash it yourself in the machine.
If this doesn't work out you can bleach the stain. Maybe a light yellow stain will remain but since it is inner lining, nobody will recognize it.
20th-Jan-2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
oh god why did I read this right after biting into my over easy egg. i don't have any advice because i have never had this happen to me.
20th-Jan-2013 02:46 pm (UTC)
Gonna, just put this out there: If you had used google and asked 'How do you remove old blood stains from clothes?' and 'How do you remove armpit stains?' then there would be no need for an embarrassing question post. Lolita garments are just like another piece of clothing.
20th-Jan-2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
20th-Jan-2013 09:51 pm (UTC)
Good lord, this. Getting blood out of a plain lining fabric is not some arcane mystery only lolitas know about.

Or at least consult the tags; I'm positive I've seen pit stain removal discussed at least once.
20th-Jan-2013 03:29 pm (UTC)
When you bleed on clothing, spit on it...If it was a fresh blood stain, your own spit would get it out right away.
You could try spitting it on it - the enzymes in your saliva can break down and remove your own blood.

However, since it's old, the oxy clean may work...honestly, if it's just the lining, I would fussy cut the part that's stained, go to a fabric store, get a similar color and patch it up.
It's lining, no one is going to see it and at least there's not a hole there.
21st-Jan-2013 12:30 pm (UTC)

Even if you don't remove the bloodstain entirely, the enzymes in your spit will at least disperse it. Then chuck it in cold water ASAP, with whichever stain remover you swear by. Warm water sets blood so beware.
20th-Jan-2013 05:11 pm (UTC)
For blood: get a bar of ivory soap and wet the spot with cold water. Then scrub the spot with the ivory soap and cold water, rinsing every now and then until the stain lifts. You might have to scrub at it a little with your finger nail or an something like old toothbrush (which you would throw out afterwards). Then, rub a bit more soap on and launder the dress in cold water with the normal washing detergent. It may still not come out.

For fresh blood, the spit of the person who bled on it will get it out (don't ask me why, all I know is that my grandmother said it, and it worked on my mom's cream-colored sofa when someone got a cut and didn't notice)

If the dress isn't color safe, you might not be able to get the lining wet. If ONLY the lining it damaged, you could, in theory, remove the lining and re-line the dress with new lining material.

My little brother used to get nose bleeds when he was a kid, and you know how little boys are; we would find he'd gotten blood on a jacket or something a month afterwards.

::edit:: oops, just noticed the person above me said the same thing about spit and replacing the lining. sorry, I need to read more carefully. ^^;

Edited at 2013-01-20 05:14 pm (UTC)
20th-Jan-2013 11:04 pm (UTC)
Is the lining synthetic? If that's the case there's no need for fancy oxyclean or whatever, just soak the lining in lemon juice and have the dress laundered or dry-cleaned as normal and it will come out. If it won't, there's a commercial product called CLR which is used to remove rust from outdoor furniture, use it like you would any pre-wash stain remover.

As for armpit/deodorant stains - usually these come out after a good soak and machine wash with warm water, the only trouble is most prints and some plain fabric bleeds in warm water, even those that's been "fixed" at home with a salt or vinegar bath.

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