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Why do stored clothes get yellow stains?

Adarsh (2020 7 February)

Have you ever pulled a light-colored garment out from the back of your closet and discovered yellow stains along the collar (perspiration) or arm pits (This is caused by the aluminum in deodorant)? Unfortunately it’s a common problem and it can be incredibly disappointing when it happens to a beloved shirt, blouse, or dress.

Luckily, because it is a common problem, there are also known reasons and solutions available and we are happy to share!

The yellow stains can be caused by several different things. The biggest culprit is a simple process known as oxidation.

Oxidation is a chemical reaction that happens between substances when they are left on fabrics. (and then exposed to heat or sunlight). Your garments may appear clean when they are put away, but as they sit, these substances react to whatever has been left on the garment and create those obnoxious yellow stains.

In this case, the best offense is a good defense. Even if your clothes look clean when you go to store them, it is important to take the time to ensure they truly are clean so that these stains don’t have the opportunity to develop

Simple washing mistakes make these stains possible. Those mistakes may include not having enough detergent. If you don’t use enough detergent when you wash, the dirt and oils may not fully come out of your clothes. If you are worried about using the incorrect amount of detergent, using pre-packaged detergent pods may help.

More rinsing is necessary. It’s no good loosening up dirt and grime from clothes if there is not enough liquid to rinse it all away. If clothes aren’t rinsed properly all that yuck will end up right back in your clothes. Even leftover soap may eventually turn yellow on white clothes.

To ensure proper cleaning every time, trust the experts at @Accohr Drycleaners in Faridabad. We can help ensure your garments are fully cleaned before they go into storage so no grime is left to sit and turn into a stain. Whether you are storing seasonal clothes or a beautiful white wedding gown, you can trust us to help you preserve it for years to come.