By: Tara Fuller
So frustrating when you realize your favorite silk piece is marred with deodorant and/or oil stains. Silk isn't cheap so imagine how I felt when I realized my brand new silk top looked destroyed?! Believe it or not, it was a dream getting out. I wish all stains were this simple.
- Take your item and place it on a flat surface. I used an ironing board.
- Generously apply cornstarch over the stains and use either a toothbrush or as I did, a spoon to gently but firmly scrap the cornstarch into the material.
- Allow to set for up to 24 hours before taking it either outdoors or in the shower to shake off. Wipe remaining cornstarch residue with a hand towel before re-shaking.
For me, the deodorant marks and most of the oil stains were gone with the first application; and the rest by the second.
If all else fails or you just can't risk a home remedy gone bad, your safest bet is to get the item to the dry-cleaners as quickly as possible because they have special solutions for a variety of stains.
If you have your own special home remedy for stain removal, please share your secrets with us.