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How to get rid of butter stains

When butter makes its way from food to fabric, it’s time to take action. Find out how to remove butter stains from clothes and upholstery here.

Key Steps:

These steps explain how to get butter out of clothes – to find out how to deal with upholstery, read the full article.

  1. Scape off any remaining butter with a spoon.
  2. Pre-treat the stain with a liquid laundry detergent like Persil small & mighty, or a liquid hand wash.
  3. Place in the wash as usual, on the hottest setting allowed on the garment label.
  4. Check if the stain is removed. If so, dry naturally. If not, repeat the steps above.

From toast, to your fingers, to your outfit or chair – it’s easy for butter to sneak onto clothes and upholstery. Butter may look more appetising than other sources of grease stains, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t just as liable to stain. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to remove butter stain marks, so you don’t have to lurk near the tap every time you make some toast or crumpets.

Here’s how to get butter stains out of clothes and upholstery:

How to Remove Butter Stains from Clothes in 4 Simple Steps: 

Before you get started on that butter stain, check the label on your clothing to see if the steps below will work with the fabric. ‘Dry Clean Only’ and delicate fabrics like silk and wool will require a different approach, so move on to the next section.

Whatever method you use, test on a small unnoticeable area first to be safe.

Step 1. Scape off any remaining butter with a spoon or blunt knife.

Be careful not to smear the stain onto a wider surface area.

Step 2. Pre-treat the butter stain with a liquid laundry detergent, like Persil.

If you’re doing this on-the-go, liquid hand soap will work in a pinch. But take care not to let hand soap dry onto the fabric, as some brands will quietly bleach your clothing as you go about your business.

Step 3. Place in the wash as usual, on the hottest setting allowed on the clothing label.

If you’re washing white fabric, you might consider adding in a little oxygen bleach, alongside your chosen laundry detergent.

Step 4. Check if the stain is removed. If so, dry naturally. If not, repeat the steps above.

A hot tumble dryer could set a stain like butter, so even if the stain seems to have disappeared it is best to be safe than sorry.

How to Get Butter Stains Out of Delicate & ‘Dry Clean Only’ Clothes

Some washable delicates will weather the steps above just fine – just wash on the temperature indicated on the label, and use a detergent designed for delicates.

For ‘Dry Clean Only’ fabrics, the best plan of action is to very gently scrape or blot up the butter stain as indicated above. Once you’ve lifted most of it off, place baking powder on the stain in a small heap and leave for around 15 minutes – don’t rub it in. This should draw some of the butter up and out of the fabric. After 15 minutes have passed, gently hoover up the powder with a vacuum. If a mark remains, it’s best to take it to a professional.

How Remove Butter Stains from Upholstery

If your furniture covers are removable and washable, then the 4-step method should be fine – once again, there should be a label on the inside seam to indicate this.

If they’re not washable or removable, scape up the butter with a spoon and (as with ‘Dry Clean Only’ fabrics) apply baking powder in a small pile for 15 minutes. If the butter stain remains after the time is up, take a clean cloth and lightly blot it with a dry-cleaning solvent until it sinks in. As with any stain removal solution, it’s important to check the label on the solvent and follow instructions carefully. Test on a small, inconspicuous area first too.

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If you’re prone to the odd spill or smudge when buttering your toast in the morning, a reliable stain-removing liquid detergent (we like Persil small & mighty) is a great household asset – You can use it as a pre-treat solution as well as in the machine.