Removing Yellow Stains from White Clothes

What You'll Need
Plastic basin
Wooden or plastic dowel
Old toothbrush or nailbrush
White vinegar
Lemon juice
Soda crystals
Borax or other pre-soak cleaning agent
Rubber gloves

If you are fond of clothes made from white fabric, it's always disheartening to discover yellow stains. However, by knowing what process to follow in order to remove them, you will realize that they are not as much of a hassle as they seem.   

Step 1: Identify Cause

Though the cause of yellow stains may not be immediately evident, you may find yourself able to work it out with a little investigative work. For example, if the staining occurs around the collar and cuffs, consider whether this may be due to a particular lotion or sunscreen that you use. However, if the entire garment has developed a yellow tinge then it is likely to be the fault of items it has been washed with. This will help you to determine what method to use to rectify it.

Step 2: Spot Stains          

Begin the process of treating yellow stains by mixing a thick solution of soda crystals and water in a clean empty container. Lay the garment out on a flat surface and apply the mixture directly to the stain. Using a toothbrush or nailbrush, gently scrub at the stain while continually checking the status of it to determine whether there is any change. When the staining disappears, rinse with warm clean water and laundry detergent before allowing it to dry. If this doesn’t work, add some white vinegar to the above soda crystal solution. Leave the mixture in place on the garment to soak for at least half an hour before scrubbing the stain away.               

Step 3: Stubborn Stains

Where the yellow stains prove too stubborn to be removed by the above methods, use a mixture of lemon juice and salt. Cover the stains with salt before following this with lemon juice and scrubbing the mixture with a small stiff bristled brush. Rinse it with warm water and standard laundry detergent before leaving it to dry in direct sunlight, if possible.

Where this does not work, mix a solution of peroxide lemon juice and water and apply it to the yellow stains. Begin by scrubbing the stain to determine whether this removes the stain and leaving the garment in direct sunlight, if this doesn’t work.     

If the material is suitable, apply a few drops of neat bleach or peroxide directly to the stains and scrub to remove the stains. Once the stain is removed, rinse the garment with laundry detergent.  

Step 4: Color Change

If the staining have affected the white shade of the entire garment it will be necessary to soak it in a strong solution of Borax and hot water. Use this method initially before attempting the same with bleach if it does not work. After the garment has been washed and rinsed, allow it to dry in direct sunlight.