Eco-friendly ways to get stains out of Tencel fabric

If you routinely spill drinks and drop food on your clothes, you will be no stranger to stains. But if you are a fan of eco-friendly Tencel clothing, you will want to read this article.

Unfortunately, Tencel lyocell clothing absorbs stains very easily. When you get a stain, act fast. Blot, pre-treat, soak and wash in cold water. Never use heat as you will risk damaging the Tencel fibers and setting the stain even deeper.

Here are some tips for removing different types of stains from Tencel lyocell clothing:

How do you get grease and makeup stains out of Tencel

Apply a little bit of The Laundress Wash & Stain Bar directly to the stain. Then place the garment into cold water and wash as usual. The Wash & Stain Bar dissolves oil-based stains from grease and makeup easily.
If you don’t have a stain remover at home, try rubbing some baking soda, cornstarch or dish detergent directly onto the grease stains and let it soak for about 15 minutes before washing.
If you are looking for a more natural way to remove oil-based stains, then make a paste out of water and lemon juice; spread it onto the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes before washing as normal.

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How to get coffee, tea and wine stains out of Tencel

Coffee, tea, wine, soft drinks and fruit juices cause tannin stains. These stains are notoriously hard to get rid of.

If you have a coffee or wine spill on your Tencel clothing, act fast. Blot out as much of the stain as possible. Remember not to rub at it as this will push the stain deeper.

Then, pre-treat with The Laundress Stain Solultion and let it soak for 15 minutes in a pail of cold water. The Stain Solution also works on old protein and tannin-based stains.

If you don’t have the Stain Solution at home, make a paste out of the water and dish detergent, add it to the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes before washing in cold water.
Another method for removing tannin-based stains is to use white vinegar. Mix three parts of water and one part white vinegar. Apply the mixture to the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes before washing as normal in cold water.
If you are looking for a less harsh option, try adding some salt to your regular dish detergent. This should help get the tannin stains out without leaving any traces behind.

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How to get blood stains out of Tencel

If you already have The Laundress Stain Solution at home, apply it directly to the stain and let it soak for about 15 minutes. Then wash as usual in cold water. The bloodstains should come right out!
Alternatively you could try an enzyme-based laundry detergent like Puracy. Apply it the same way as you would the stain remover and let it soak in for 15 minutes before washing.

If you are looking for a natural option, use lemon juice, salt or baking soda instead. Rub some onto the blood stain and let them sit for 15 minutes. Then wash as usual in cold water.
You can also try using white vinegar on your Tencel lyocell clothing to remove blood stains. Mix three parts of water and one part white vinegar; add the mixture to the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes before washing as normal in cold water.

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How to get sweat stains out of Tencel

Pit stains and collar sweat stains are embarassing and can happen to even the newest of clothing. To keep your Tencel shirt looking new and fresh, apply a little bit of The Laundress Stain Solution directly to the stain. Then place the garment into cold water and wash as usual. The sweat stains should come out with ease!
You can also try mixing equal parts water and fresh lemon juice. Add it to the sweat stain and let it sit for 15 minutes before washing as normal in cold water.

Heavy sweaters and athletes can try this natural enzymatic sweat and odor remover:

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How to get ink stains out of Tencel

Ink stains are tricky. If you can catch an ink stain fresh, you might stand a fighting chance. Unfortunately, because we don’t realize we’ve done it, we often find ink stains much later, sometimes even after a wash. Ink stains that have set in are very hard to get rid of but you can try these things:

Apply a bit of The Laundress Stain Solution directly to the stain and let it soak for about 15 minutes. Then wash as usual in cold water.

You can also mix 3 parts water and 1 part vinegar to make a cleaning solution and soak the the stained area in the solution for at least 20 minutes.

If all else fails, get a bottle of vodka, pour yourself a shot on ice and drink it. Then, pour some on a soft cloth and dab away at the ink stain until it lifts.

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How to get grass stains out of Tencel
Apply a bit of The Laundress Stain Solution directly to the stain and let it soak for about 15 minutes. Then wash as usual in cold water.
Vinegar works for grass stains too. Soak the stained garment in a solution of 2 parts water to one part white vinegar for 15 minutes.  Then wash it with an enzyme-based laundry detergent like Puracy.

To wrap up

This post isn’t sponsored by The Laundress. It’s just the most effective eco-friendly laundry brand I’ve used so far. As you can see, with the right cleaning solution, you can remove most stains from your Tencel fabric. The important most things to remember is to be gentle, don’t use harsh chemicals and wash in cold water only.

Check out my article of how to wash and dry your Tencel clothes.

Sharon James
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  2. The Laundress Stain items have apparently been recalled . What is a substitute that I can take for travel ( size)

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