Ice Cream Stains

By Tasha Zander

There is nothing better than a big scoop of ice cream on a cone on a warm day. Or a scoop of ice cream on a piece of apple pie. Or a delicious treat on a wooden stick that most children drool about. But what happens when that ice cream starts to melt and ends up running down the front of your clothes?

As many of you might know, milk is a protein based stain. Therefore the best way to remove it is using a stain remover that contains enzymes. If the stain has dried, take a wet sponge and gently wipe off the dried milk. Spray the stain with a stain remover containing enzymes, such as Zout Liquid Spray which contains three different enzymes. Let the stain sit for 5 minutes and then launder. To get a double dose of enzyme power, use a detergent that has enzymes, such as Purex Oxi with Zout stain fighters. After laundering the item, if there is still residual from the stain, repeat the treatment process. Do not place the item in the dryer until the stain has been removed as the dryer could cause the stain to set.
With flavored ice creams, this method will also work. If the ice cream has color to it, you may end up only removing the milk stain and leaving behind a slight discoloration due to the color of the ice cream. In this case, treat the stain with a color safe bleach, such as Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach, for colored clothing or with non-chlorine bleach if the item is white. For color safe bleach, apply to the stain and let sit for 5 minutes before laundering. With non-chlorine bleach, you can soak the item in a water and bleach solution for 30 minutes and then launder. Make sure to keep the item separate from your colored fabrics when laundering so you don’t transfer bleach to the non-white clothing items.
Enjoy your ice cream – and happy stain fighting!