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How to Get Out Soot Stains From Cotton Pants

Soot stains cotton pants. The soot sticks to the cotton fibers. Baking soda works well on cotton to remove stains. As with any stain, soot stains need treated before drying and as soon as possible. If the cotton pants are washed and dried before the stain is treated, the stain sets into the fibers.

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Things You Will Need

  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Liquid laundry detergent

Soot stains cotton pants.  The soot sticks to the cotton fibers.

Baking soda works well on cotton to remove stains.  As with any stain, soot stains need treated before drying and as soon as possible.

If the cotton pants are washed and dried before the stain is treated, the stain sets into the fibers.  Soot comes from the ash residue from fires.

Soot spreads by traveling through the air or direct contact.  The actual soot itself is not hot.

  1. Shake the cotton pants to remove loose soot.
  2. Wet the stain with cold or lukewarm water.
  3. Sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the stain.
  4. Gently rub the baking soda into the stain.
  5. Rinse out the baking soda with water.
  6. Pour a dime-sized drop of liquid laundry detergent to the stain.
  7. Work the detergent into the fabric by gently rubbing it with your finger.
  8. Wash the garment. Cleaning.tips.net suggests washing the pants alone to prevent soot from getting on other clothes.
  9. Check the stain. If it's still there, treat again with baking soda. If it's completely gone, dry.

Things You Will Need

  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Liquid laundry detergent

About the Author

Racheal Ambrose started writing professionally in 2007. She has worked for the minority publishing company Elite Media Group Inc., Ball Bearings online magazine, "Ball State Daily News" and "The Herald Bulletin." Her articles focus on minority and women's issues, children, crafts, housekeeping and green living. Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Ball State University.

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