Dog owners are shown to have lower blood pressure and increased physical activity when compared to those without a dog in the home. Man's best friend offers unconditional love in the form of companionship, a wagging tail and endless doggy kisses. Some breeds of dogs are more prone to drooling than others, such as Newfoundlands and St. Bernards. Owners with knowledge of these breeds know drooling is par for the course and a small inconvenience for the love and loyalty offered by their pet. Though canine saliva, a protein stain, may be a regular part of laundry concerns, it is easily removed with proper techniques and supplies.
Scrape off excess canine saliva with plastic spoon. This prevents saliva, especially when still moist, from being smeared on surrounding fabric.
Fill a bucket with 1 qt. of warm water, 1/2 tsp dish-washing detergent and 1 tbsp ammonia. Mix well to combine all ingredients.
Soak the saliva-stained garment in the ammonia mixture for 15 minutes. Lift the garment from the solution and scrub the backside of the stain with an old toothbrush. Dunk the garment in and out of the soaking solution a couple times before allowing to soak for an additional 15 minutes.
Rinse the article of clothing with cool water to wash away the ammonia solution and loosened saliva stain. Apply an enzyme prewash stain remover to break down and remove proteins in the stain. Leave the prewash on the surface of the fabric for half an hour; if the canine saliva stain has been left unattended on the garment longer, you can soak it overnight.
Wash the clothing with washing powder and oxygen bleach to remove last traces of saliva. Check your clothing prior to placing it in the dryer since heat will set any residual stain.
Add chlorine bleach to the wash cycle when saliva-stained clothing is white. Keep facial tissues on hand to wipe your dog's mouth to avoid saliva stains. Wipe a saliva stain off clothing with a paper towel followed by a baby wipe to prevent it from becoming a dry, sticky mess.
Tips and warnings
- Add chlorine bleach to the wash cycle when saliva-stained clothing is white.
- Keep facial tissues on hand to wipe your dog's mouth to avoid saliva stains.
- Wipe a saliva stain off clothing with a paper towel followed by a baby wipe to prevent it from becoming a dry, sticky mess.
- Alabama Cooperative Extension; Dog Companionship and Its Benefits to Humans: Other Services and Benefits of Dog Companionship; Julio E. Correa et al; November 1999
- University of Illinois Extension: Stain Solutions: Mucous: Fabric
- Iowa State University; Quick and Easy Stain Removal: Protein Stains; Janis Stone; 2009
- Ohio State University: Quick and Easy Stain Removal Guide: Protein Stains