Stains in laundry need to be treated as soon as possible, before the stain dries and sets. Treat the stain before putting it in the washer as washing and drying cloth will also set the stain into the fabric. Egg yolk and white are proteins and will respond to products with enzymes designed to dissolve protein, but wool and silk cannot be treated this way. Read the care instruction label on your garment or item to determine the fibre content and whether it can be washed. Many synthetic, natural and natural-synthetic fibre blends are machine washable and will respond well to enzyme products and bleach.
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Things you need
- Butter knife
- Enzyme laundry product
- Liquid detergent
- Chlorine bleach
- All-fabric bleach
Scrape off any loose egg yolk or white with the edge of a dull knife.
Soak the cloth in a solution of 1 teaspoon of liquid detergent and a tablespoon of enzyme product per quart of cool water for thirty minutes. If the stain is old and set, leave it for about two hours.
Gently rub the fabric to loosen the egg yolk or white, then launder.
Wash with a bit of bleach if the stain is not fully gone after the first washing. Use regular chlorine bleach for whites, but use colour-safe, all-fabric bleach for colours.
Shake or brush off any excess egg on wool or silk. Read the fabric content and care instruction tags to determine if your item is hand-washable. If it is "dry clean only," take it to a cleaning establishment within 48 hours. Inform the cleaner of the type of stain and fibre content of your item.
Soak a hand-washable silk or wool item in cool water for 30 minutes. Heat will set the stain when it is a protein such as egg.
Launder your wool or silk item in cool to lukewarm water and a gentle cleaner such as Woolite.
Tips and warnings
- Egg yolk or white can also be soaked in water and a bit of ammonia, but launder ammonia treated fabric before using chlorine bleach on it, as the combined products create highly toxic fumes.
- Chlorine bleach will dissolve wool or silk fibres.
- Enzyme products will digest wool or silk fibres.
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