What is your most reliable method for removing oily stains from your table linens?

What is a cloth benapkined bagna cauda lover to do?

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creamtea
creamtea January 5, 2014

I sprinkle powder on the stain (flour, baking soda, or baby powder). Tap it into the stain and let it sit to absorb. Brush off, then apply Dawn dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and dab (don't rub) that in. Launder in the warmest water allowable for the particular fiber that your linens are made of.

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boulangere
boulangere January 5, 2014

Rubbing the stain with chalk works well, too. White chalk, obviously.

Pegeen
Pegeen January 5, 2014

Cornstarch also works as the powder.

creamtea
creamtea January 5, 2014

Agree with you, Pegeen, cornstarch also works.

Pegeen
Pegeen January 5, 2014

Creamtea's process works. I've also tried some of these from Martha Stewart's stain removal chart:
http://images.marthastewart.com/images/content/web/pdfs/pdf3/stain_removal_basics.pdf

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twinjadojo
twinjadojo January 5, 2014

Thank you, everyone! I really appreciate your time and expertise.

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creamtea
creamtea January 5, 2014

Forgot to add, repeat the process if any of the stain is left after the first try.

nataliesztern
nataliesztern January 5, 2014

To begin with I spray everything new with Scotchguard. Especially table linen including linen napkins. As well I spary all my clothes.

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Pegeen
Pegeen January 5, 2014

Nataliesztern, just a note that not all fabrics are Scotchguard safe. It may cause some dyes to bleed. The can of Scotchguard will caution you to test a small sample of the fabric in an inconspicuous spot to be sure.

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Pegeen
Pegeen January 5, 2014

About the Scotchguard possibly causing dye to bleed... I speak from sorry experience. Not all fabric dyes are created equally.

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nataliesztern
nataliesztern January 5, 2014

True Pegeen. However I have never had anything bleed. Just lucky, I guess but you are right about that.

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