If you’re reading this, like many of us, you’ve recently purchased a brand new white tall tee. Excited by your purchase you decide it’s time to hit the town and show off your steezy new tee, maybe have a few beers and see where the night takes you… Fast forward to now, you’ve woken up with the fiercest of hangovers, half a burrito still in hand, and unluckily for you, garlic sauce smeared all over your brand new white tall tee, with also what appears to be either red wine or blood splotched around the chest area of your tee… Oh wait it’s definitely blood, in a drunken haze last night you must have got your nipple pierced and now bloods leaked out all over your tee.
So by this stage you’ve probably grabbed your phone and decided to firstly search for where delivers pizza at this hour, and secondly, how to get these stains out of your recently tarnished white tall tee. Unfortunately we don’t deliver pizza, but we can help you out with the latter. We’ve put together this handy list of tips for the everyman, who let’s face it probably doesn’t know a washing machine from a dishwasher.
First and foremost let’s address how to remove those stains. Because you didn’t get to it straight away you do have your work cut out for you.
The first thing you will want to do is treat the stain area. To do this we recommend stain removal soap, enzyme detergent or oxygen bleach. But let’s assume you don’t have any of these. There are a few options for things you can grab from around the house that will help remove the stains. If you have a toothbrush (possibly your housemates one, if you can’t find yours) and some ordinary dishwashing liquid this is a good start. Put some of the dishwashing liquid on the affected area and scrub like hell. If this isn’t working, try to dip the affected area of the tall tee in to hot water as this will help loosen up the components of the stain. If your detergent is not making a difference you can also try regular hair shampoo in the same way.
Sometimes you won’t be able to get the stain out completely first time around. Don’t worry this is only the pre-treatment stage.
Whilst whites do always come out whitest when you run them on a hot wash, this is generally not recommended as it’s also the best way to shrink your whites. Whilst our tall tees are pre-shrunk, they are also 100% cotton – which does mean that like any cotton, they will shrink a little, especially on a hot wash.
However sometimes, depending on the persistency of the stain, you don’t have an option. If you 100% have to hot wash your tall tees, we recommend doing so by hand, otherwise a cold, or slightly warm machine wash if necessary.
If you’re lucky enough to have some kind of whitening agent, like Napisan around the house, than we would definitely recommend adding some of this to the wash. If you don’t have anything like that around the house, don’t stress there are plenty of home remedies that will have your whites washing up nicely. Lemon juice, white vinegar or baking soda are all household items that you can add in with the laundry detergent to help remove stains and have your whites come out whiter. Sometimes it can be a good idea to leave your stained tee soaking in warm water with detergent and one of the above ingredients overnight to help remove the stains.
Remember to wash your white tall tees (www.plus2clothing.com) with other whites, especially if you don’t want them going that yellowy colour.
Once you’ve removed your t-shirt from the wash, the best thing you can do is line dry it. Hanging your tall tee out in the sun will definitely help remove the stains as UV light helps remove stains. The brighter the sun the better, but just make sure that garlic sauce is all gone from your tee, you don’t want those pesky pigeons pecking and pooing on your new tall tee.
If the stains are still not completely gone, your best bet is to either repeat step 1 and give it a good old scrub again before running it through another wash. Or to look at rinsing it over night, try adding a little bit of vinegar to the water and this should help remove the stain.
Still not working? Your last resort of course is to bleach the stain, maybe your housemate has some peroxide around the house. However bleach can damage clothing and is definitely only a last resort. Of course if this is not an option for you, than your best bet is to look at buying some new tall tees from our store. Luckily for you we have great prices.
Maybe try buying a black tall tee next time if you’re prone to food and drink not making it to your mouth.
Do you have any washing tips? Or even good places that deliver pizzas at unusual hours? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.