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« on: January 20, 2006 02:28:10 PM »

So I'm sure this has happened to everyone (well, everyone that's female and menustrating...but I'm assuming that's most of the board Wink ), you are sitting around, minding your own business, wearing something light colored...when *dun, dun, dun* Aunt Flo decides to visit a little early or maybe you just forgot she was coming... Stainage. I only have four pairs of pants and two of them are tan...and now both of them are stained (damn you menses! *shakes fist*). I have the stain *most* of the way out on one pair, but the other pair is being a bit stubborn.

I can't afford to buy pants right now and there is no real thrift store where I've just moved. Anybody have any methods for hiding such stains in a way that doesn't look like you have something to hide? (Ie, not just wearing something long enough to cover or tying on a sweater) I mean there has to be a nice looking way to go about this, right? Both pants are tan cordoroys if that helps any.

Oh, and if anyone can point towards a good tutorial for making old sweaters into leg warmers I'd also be very thankful. I have a couple of long skirts, but tis all snowy out here, so I'm afraid my legs would get cold wearing them. I plan to knit some...after I finish this scarf and a hat....and yeah...might take a while otherwise.
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2006 02:34:56 PM »

My mom got a rather big and dark flo stain out of a pair of my khakis with this rad soap called fels naptha. It's a yellow bar soap, probably in the laundry soap aisle. Old ladies will know what you're talking about if you ask.
I still take my favorite undies to my parents' house when they have "periodic" accidents. I suppose I should just get my own bar. You just put cold water on the stain, and rub it with the bar.
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2006 02:37:42 PM »

I also recommend making a paste from dawn dish liquid and baking soda, rubbing it into the stain and letting it set for awhile.

The shout stain stick [it's gel-like with a brush applicator] also takes out old stains, I recommend leaving it to set for awhile as well. [sometimes I'll leave items that are badly stained to set for up to a week, same for the dawn/baking soda combo].
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2006 02:40:47 PM »

1.  i use a baking soda based toothpaste, and a bit of cold water and rub it in, let it absorb it for a while, rinse it off, repeat, repeat.  it has gotten it out of my grey cords multiple times.   

2.  uhh.....dye them black? or dark brown?  dunno if you can dye courderoy.....but if you can, it would look like you just got a new pair of black or brown pants!

good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2006 02:43:50 PM »

Well... depends where the stain is.  I've put appliques onto jeans before to hide holes and stains.  Make them symmetrical or with some pattern, or it looks like you're covering something.  If the stain is down in an impractical spot... dunno.  Remember cold water takes out blood.  Usually.  Use a stain fighter and let it stand a while.  Soak, then wash.  Good luck!
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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2006 04:47:49 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions! I'm not honestly sure how well cordoroy takes dye, plus I have no washing mashine...I'm current stomp-washing everything in my bath tub...

The improved stain fighters on the other hand...what I'm using now is something cheap that came in a blue bottle, but I like you guys' suggestions much better. I'll try the baking soda combo first then I'll go with the fels naptha or shout.

The stains are decidedly in a non practical place to patch lol!

Thanks guys!

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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2006 09:36:52 PM »

Sunlight brand has a bar soap that is amazing on stains and is extremely cheap - don't let it the soap sit on material too long or it will take all the color out. I love this stuff.
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