Sometimes, you can get a fabric softener stain on your clothes if you pour liquid fabric softener directly onto them in the washing machine, or somehow the fabric softener gets in contact with the laundry in the wrong part of the washing cycle.
In addition, if you use too high of a heat setting with fabric softener or dryer sheets you may get a spot or stain from that sheet too.
These stains look rather blue-gray in appearance, and appear greasy.
To prevent this from happening in the future follow the fabric softener manufacturer's instructions for using the product.
You can learn more about how to use liquid fabric softener here, including how to add it to lessen the chance of staining. In addition, you can learn more about dryer sheets here, and what to do to lessen the possibility of them spotting your clothes.
However, knowing how to prevent these spots and stains from appearing doesn't help once you already have them, so below I'm telling you a really simple trick for removing them.
Step 1: Dampen the fabric around where the stain is located and then rub it with a bar of nonscented, non-lotiony bath soap, such as Ivory.
Step 2: Launder as normal.
I know that sounds simple, but it is actually quite effective in removing these stains. After all, manufacturers are aware that their products sometime stain, so they have also made it easy to remove that stain so you will use their products again.
You can also read reviews of laundry supplies here, including of common brands and scents of liquid fabric softener and dryer sheets.
In addition, if all these stains from your softener have made you fed up with commercial brands, you can also read homemade fabric softener recipes here.
Finally, if you keep getting lots of these stains, it may be a sign that your fabric softener dispenser is clogged, and releasing some softener and inappropriate times. You can learn more about cleaning your fabric softener dispenser in your washing machine here.
Are you a stain magnet like me? If so, check out the A to Z Stain Removal Guide which gives directions for how to remove over 100 types of stains from all kinds of surfaces.
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Hi, I'm Taylor, a busy mom with 3 kids, so I have lots of hands on experience with house cleaning, laundry and my fair share of spots, spills and other messy catastrophes. Thanks for visiting my site.
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CAUTION: This website is provided for informational purposes only. It is provided as is, without warranties or guarantees. Some stains and messes just won't come out, and are permanent. Further, some cleaning methods can harm your item, so if what you want to clean or launder is sentimental or expensive call a professional. See disclaimer of liability for more information.
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