But let’s have a little fun with this now. November is also Peanut Butter Lovers Month. Everyone that knows me, knows that I’m a huge foodie – and one of my obsessions is peanut butter. I seriously love the stuff. I buy Matt and Gray plain old Jif (not that Jif is not great too), and then I buy myself the freshly ground stuff at Whole Foods. But my obsession doesn’t stop there. I also have gourmet peanut butters like Honey Pretzel, Cinnamon Raisin, and White Chocolate Raspberry stashed away.
What’s the one thing all these flavors have in common? Peanut butter is an oil-based stain so it’s not the color that’s hard to remove, it’s the greasy film that’s the challenge. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a staple in most homes with children, so what should you do if your youngster gets peanut butter all over a favorite garment? Your best bet is to leave it alone and bring it to us as soon as possible. Why do I keep telling you to bring oil-based stains to us? Multi-purpose grocery store pre-treaters (which is what we normal folks have access to) are great at handling water-based stains, but they cannot break down oil-based stains. Why as soon as possible? If a greasy stain is left to oxidize, it will get darker and more difficult to remove. And why should you leave it alone? Using a wet cloth to wipe up oily peanut butter will cause the stain to both be forced into the fibers and to spread.
Many of us (myself included) like to attempt these things on our own so if you’d like to give it a shot, here’s what we would suggest:
- Carefully scrape off the excess with a dull knife, using care not to rub or dig into the fabric
- Sprinkle (don’t rub) the area with cornstarch and let it set for several hours
- Brush away the cornstarch and if a slight stain still remains, then treat the area with Fels Naptha – a bar laundry soap used for pre-treating stains
- Launder per the garment label directions