Earlier this month I accidentally washed and dried a tube of mint Chapstick with a load of laundry. The tube opened and melted everywhere, ruining at least 12 of John's brand new geek t-shirts, plus a few of my own. Everything was covered in dark, oil-like blotches and blobs - even though the spots were soft and dry to the touch.
It was NOT a good morning.
We re-washed and dried everything
three four times. First we tried a healthy scrubbing of Spray N' Wash on all the spots:
... which had zero effect.
Then John researched The Best Stain Remover Ever online, and hunted down this stuff:
- S-32 Spot & Stain Remover
He used the entire bottle scrubbing all the dark spots all the shirts, but it ALSO had zero effect.
Updated To Add: Ack, thanks to the comments I just remembered: we ALSO tried Dawn dish detergent after the S-32:
...and like the previous two products, it had no effect on the stains.
So sorry to everyone in the comments who's telling me to use this next time; we did try!
At this point I had given up, and was busy numbing my guilt in the office with a Steven Universe binge.
But John kept going (he REALLY liked his new shirts) and found another recommendation online for spray-on Goo Gone, that stuff you use to remove sticker adhesive:
And would you believe IT WORKED??
Since I never had much hope of saving the shirts, it didn't occur to me to take "before" shots - but lucky for us, John snapped at least one!
This is one of my old faded tees - I was fine with trashing it, so John used it for the final experiment. He stretched it over cardboard, applied a healthy dose of Goo Gone with a light scrubbing motion, then immediately washed & dried it AGAIN.
The spots were completely gone!
Again, that shirt was already old and faded, so any color variation you see is from age. John's brand new shirts (which are also all dark colors) look completely brand new again. AHH SWEET RELIEF.
One note of caution: be sure to immediately immerse the shirts in water after their Goo-Gone scrub; otherwise it can bleach through dark colors if left on too long. After learning that the hard way, John quickly scrubbed each shirt, then tossed it in the water-filled washing machine before moving on to the next.
So if any of you find yourself in the same Chap-sticky situation some day, save your money on special stain-removers, and just head straight for the Goo Gone!
PS - I know this post was kind of boring, so to make it up to you a little: here's John's favorite new geeky tee, which the Goo Gone saved:
"Ironic Bunny" from Woot.