Dripping egg whites and yolks may be called for in many baking recipes, but they are certainly no treat on your clothes. Dried egg stains can be especially problematic to remove. The following steps will help you get rid of an egg mess on your clothing.
- Clean absorbent cloth
- Cool water
- Liquid laundry detergent
- Stain remover
Steps for Removing Egg Stains from Clothing
As with most food stains, it's best to remove the bulk of the egg material from the clothing before going to work on the residue. Always work from the outside to the center of the stain to prevent spreading the residue. Try any or all of these steps to wash away the egg:
- Spoon and wipe away. Remove as much of the egg as you can, using a spoon. Then, use a clean absorbent cloth to dab the rest of the stained area to absorb any liquid egg residue.
- Sponge with cold water. To help loosen the egg stain, sponge cool water onto the front and back of the fabric. This allows the water to soak in and loosen the egg. Wait up to five minutes before trying to blot off more of the egg, or gently scrape away the egg with the spoon.
- Apply liquid detergent. If the stain is dried and crusted onto the fabric, you may need to rub some liquid laundry detergent or dish soap gently onto the stained area. Thick, crusty egg must dissolve at least partially before it loosens its grip on the fabric. Again, you can try using a spoon to remove any egg that gets loosened.
- Soak in cold water. Soak the egg stain in cold water, and occasionally rub the stained area between your fingers until the stain starts to soften and break down. Rinse the clothing well. Try soaking for at least 15 to 30 minutes. Some egg stains may need to be soaked longer. Don't be afraid to put the clothing back to soak if you don't see any improvement.
- Check and repeat. After soaking, check the fabric to make sure the stain is gone. If necessary, repeat the steps above to make sure that all of the stain is removed. It's an idea to let the clothing air-dry to make sure there's no ghostly yellow residue when the fabric is dry.
- Wash, Check, and Dry: Apply your favorite stain remover, if desired, then wash the clothing according to its care instructions. Recheck the stained area after washing to make sure there is no egg stain left before drying it in the dryer. Alternatively, you can let the garment air-dry again to confirm that there is no residue. The egg will darken with age and reappear if it isn't completely removed.
Tips for Removing Egg Stains
Soaking is the key to removing dried and tough fresh egg stains. Don't be afraid to let the fabric soak for up to 30 to 45 minutes (or even longer) for tough stains.