Secret Stain Remover Recipes for My Sad Skirt

dress stain photo

Can you even see the stain on this dress?  Of course not.  I drew a circle around it, and I can’t even see it.  So what’s the big deal.  There isn’t one unless my stomach pouches it out, or the fluorescent beams cause it to glow in the dark.  The two flecks of butter that lodged on my skirt two weeks before our big conference created a stain about 1/8 inch in diameter.

I sprayed it with Oxy-Clean and washed it three times, but each time, the stain stayed.  I called a dressmaker recommended to me.  Yelp said she made a wedding dress overnight for a desperate woman.  I thought she could whip up a new dress.  Time got shorter and shorter.  I threw the dress in the trash.  I got it out again, and begged my FB friends to give me their secret stain recipes.

Here are the stain removal suggestions.  Thank you to ALL my Facebook friends for the great suggestions.  I need to go to the store and stock up on stain removal solutions.

  • Oxy-Clean
  • Degreaser
  • Ask Martha Stuart
  • Goo Off
  • Spray & Wash
  • Fels Naptha soap
  • Clorox 2 straight on the stain, then wash
  • Rub chalk on it.
  • Dawn
  • Shout for a week then it comes off!
  • Salt
  • Bicarbonate of soda
  • Baby Wipes
  • Z’out
  • Lestoil
  • Simple Green. Spray
  • Dish soap
  • Woolite
  • And as a last resort, oven cleaner

I worked with it.  I tried what I had.  I tried on the hem first and seeing no ill effects, I tried on the front of the skirt where I splattered butter.

I failed Stain Removal 101.

The dressmaker called me.  She suggested a simple tuck.  It would have been a simple tuck, but my 1/8th inch stain had spread to a four-inch diameter dark Rorschach test splotch. I still have faith that dress designer, Meg Ryan can do a miracle.  (Really, that’s her name!  How could you not adore anything made by Meg Ryan?)

I won’t have a turquoise dress for my conference, but I just want to capture the perfect dress feeling again.

I wish I didn’t love my dress, but I do.  I love it because a group of high school students told me I looked nice for their exit Interviews.  I love it because Sally told me it matched my eyes, and it made me feel yummy (even if my tummy protruded.)


It wasn’t really that great, but it had some great memories attached to it.  Have you had a dress or shirt like that?

Author: Marsha

Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, author, blogger and retired teacher/consultant. Read more about me here.

18 thoughts on “Secret Stain Remover Recipes for My Sad Skirt”

  1. Sorry about the dress. It does look really pretty. Yes, I’ve had similar experiences– just last night– at an Italian restaurant, olive oil from the bread spotted all over my cashmere sweater. Not as adventurous as you, I’m taking it to the dry cleaners today. Learned a lesson– while dipping bread in olive oil tastes great, it’s too sloppy to eat!


    1. OH NO! I hope it comes out! My clothes are not usually too expensive, and I’m not usually attached to them, but a cashmere sweater! I just have a few special memory clothes, or things that look particularly good. 🙂


  2. I’m so sorry about your dress. It really is a pretty dress and the color is perfect for you.

    I swear by Zout. I’ve used it on greasy stains – after I found them when they came out of the dryer and had been hard set. I sprayed with Zout, waited only a few minutes, and washed again. I’ve never had a stain remain. I’m sure it’s all dependent upon the material, but Zout is the go-to for all stains in our family.


  3. Oh poor dress! It’s really hard to get stains out (as you’ve found out) and I have no suggestions, sorry 😦

    When my daughter turned 21 she bought a very beautiful and expensive blue dress. Her cousins decided it would be a good idea to hire a male stripper without telling me or her (grrrrr) and he sprayed her dress with oil – it was revolting and we were both pretty angry about it. She had to throw the dress away (family can be such a pain sometimes!) 😉


      1. Hope you know that I was just kidding. The only reason I knew about the stain was because you mention it in your post. I did not see it in the last photo of your post.


  4. Oh dear, that’s not good at all. Your dress looks lovely on you, Marsha. Try baking soda mixed with a little water. Leave it on for a couple of hours, and then wash the whole garment. I’m not sure if this will work now that you’ve tried other methods, as the stain may have set, but it’s worth a try. Good luck. xx


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