How to Remove a Scorch Mark From Dress Pants

Updated February 21, 2017

Getting dressed up in nice clothes, including dress trousers, is necessary for different occasions, including formal family events, such as weddings or baptisms, job interviews or even just going to work at a formal office. If you find yourself in a hurry while getting ready, you might make the common mistake of leaving your hot iron pressed against your dress trousers for several seconds too long. This inevitably leaves a scorch mark on your dress trousers. With quick action, you can remove this mark.

Rub distilled white vinegar into the scorch mark for about 20 seconds with the cloth.

Wipe the dress trousers down with a damp cloth. Sometimes, this is enough to remove the scorch mark, and you can still wear your dress trousers.

Rub the scorch mark with concentrated washing powder if it takes up a large area or the vinegar doesn't work. Launder as fast as you can to remove the scorch mark.

Pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia into two small containers.

Fill one eyedropper with ammonia and the other with hydrogen peroxide. Drop two drops of peroxide onto the scorch mark. Then, add drop two drops of ammonia right on the same spot.

Add one drop at a time of each liquid every minute or two for about 10 minutes. Rinse and launder as usual.


Laundering with oxygen bleach can help you remove the scorch mark from your dress trousers, but it's not safe for all fabrics.

Things You'll Need

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Cloth
  • Concentrated washing powder
  • 2 small container
  • 2 eyedroppers
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Ammonia
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