How to Remove Burn Stains from Clothing

When it comes to washing clothes, there are stains that cost more or less to remove. The different types of substances that may be in the stain, together with the combination of the type of fabric, often make us go crazy to remove certain marks. Sometimes we even think there is no solution and we choose to discard that item of clothing.
Has it ever happened to you that you left the iron a little longer than you should have and the mark has remained? It is something quite common, but we tend to think that those burn stains are not going to come off our clothes and, most of the time, we choose to throw them away or recycle them for rags. It is not necessary to get rid of it, therefore, below we tell you that burn stains, whether from iron, cigarette, or other types, have a solution. Read along with me!

Act Quickly to Remove Burn Stains from Clothing

If it has happened to you that an item of clothing has been stained with the iron, do not continue with the task and put the burn aside. It is important to act quickly so that the stain comes out as best as possible, or irreparable damage could remain.

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It makes no difference if you're going to use the conventional washing method or a home remedy (both detailed in this article), it is important that you move it away from the heat source that has caused the stain as soon as possible and that you treat it the faster the better.

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Treat Burn Stains on Clothing

You can wash clothes as you do conventionally, without using other types of home remedies or substances. In this case, before putting it in the washing machine, you have to treat the burned clothes in the following way:

  1. First, you should rinse it with warm water so that it absorbs the detergent better.
  2. Rub it in afterward with your normal detergent. Doing this will enhance the action of the detergent so that it can be washed better later.
  3. In this case, liquid detergent is preferable, which works better than a powder one. You can use powder if that's what you use, but then mix it with water to form a paste.
  4. Optionally you can also soak it in bleach once you have rubbed it. Of course, as long as the fabric supports it, since not all fabrics are suitable for using bleach. Wool, silk, and colorfast fabrics do not usually go into bleach. If you are not sure if it is a material that you can put in bleach, read the labels or avoid doing it.
  5. Mix the bleach with water and never add too much.
  6. Let it soak for 15 minutes if you do.
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Washing clothes with burn stains

Then follow these guidelines to wash your clothes to remove burn stains :

  1. After this treatment and preparation process, it is time to wash it.
  2. Put it in the washing machine on the normal cycle, that is, what they recommend on the label.
  3. You do not need to put a washing machine just for this garment, you can take advantage of some dirty clothes. Of course, be careful that all the garments can be washed with that configuration.
  4. When you finish washing and spinning finally, hang it outdoors. It is better to dry in sunlight than in a dryer, as the sun's rays lighten stains.
  5. However, you must take into account not to leave it in the sun for more than a day or the fabric could weaken.
  6. If you notice that it is still stained, it is likely to be less visible, so you can repeat the washing process several times.

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If it continues as before, you can try some of the home remedies to remove burn stains from the clothes that we show you below.

Oxygen Peroxide or Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide has become the most widely used remedy for its effectiveness, as it has bleaching properties and is a very simple trick to perform.

You just have to take an old cloth or a cloth that you are not going to use and wet it with hydrogen peroxide. Lay the damaged garment on a flat surface. Place the cloth wet with hydrogen peroxide on top of another cloth that is dry. Now iron it over the dry cloth with medium heat. See how the stain goes, it may take a few minutes. The oxygen peroxide with the heat will make the stain disappear. If you see that the wet cloth dries, continue ironing it after another hydrogen peroxide bath. In the same way, if you see that the dry cloth becomes damp with the oxygen peroxide, replace it with another one. It is an effective method, especially in cotton or linen garments.


The lemon juice freshly squeezed is also very effective. You have to squeeze the juice of a lemon on the stain and then submerge the garment in a bowl of hot water. Let it rest in the water for 15 to 30 minutes. Then drain the maximum amount of water from the garment and hang it, leaving it to dry in the sun.

It is advisable not to use this remedy with garments that are not suitable for bleach since, although the effects of lemon are minor, in reality, they are very similar and could cause damage to that type of garment.

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White vinegar

Another remedy for removing burn stains from clothing is to dip a sponge in white vinegar and rub the stain. Then, let it sit for 10-15 minutes and rinse it off with cold water. After that, simply allow it to dry in the open air. It is crucial in this situation that the vinegar be white and not another kind.

You can also replace the oxygen peroxide in the first trick with white vinegar and do the same.

Frozen water

It is said that ice water can help to better clean a burn stain. To do this, as soon as you notice that the garment has burned, put it in a basin with very cold or icy water for an hour. It has to be kept that way, so you can put ice in it or put it in the freezer instead. Then carry out your usual washing machine cycle.

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Nail file

When the stains are very strong or for tougher clothing, like wool, a trick is to use a nail file to scrape the stain. Some kind of scraper will work as well, as long as it's smooth, like sandpaper. Be careful when rubbing it and don't rub it too roughly or you could damage it. Then wash it like you normally do.

Adapted and translated by The Copy Cart Staff

Sources: Uncomo