Stain Remover For Wedding Gowns

Every morning I open up my e-mail and receive many wonderful comments and good questions.

Last week, I received a tip on how to remove a stain from a wedding or bridesmaid dress.

In all my years as a wedding coordinator, I don’t remember a bride or bridesmaid spilling anything.

Maybe that was partly because we made sure they didn’t drink or eat anything that could cause stains.

It’s really important for a bridal party to have food and drink around, especially if the photo session before the ceremony lasts for hours.

And often times, they do.

I asked the bride to bring things such as water to drink and cheese, crackers and green grapes to eat.

Someone is always in danger of fainting under the warm lights or the hot sun outside, so it’s always a good idea to have something in their stomachs.

But, there’s always the chance of spilling something other than food or water on your gown.

You might drop your makeup or lipstick or who knows what and have a catastrophe on your hands.

So, Janet sent this tip and I wanted to pass it along to you.

Now, mind you, I haven’t tried this tip myself, but it sounds like Janet has used it several times and I’m willing to try anything when it comes to removing a stain on formal wear, aren’t you?

Especially when someone else has already been courageous enough to try it and had success!

She even included detailed instructions.

Thank you, Janet!

She wrote:

“I saw your tips for brides and bridesmaids and I wondered if I might add to your suggestions? I always try to bring what I call a ” bride’s emergency kit “. It is actually only one thing, but it has saved the day many times. It is a product most people have probably heard of called Dryel. It was created to allow you to freshen up your dry cleanable clothes in your own dryer, but it also contains an excellent stain remover.

It seems that inevitably just before the wedding, either the bride to be or one of her bridesmaids, spills something on their dress. When it happens, I take the bottle of stain remover and the absorbent pad and am able to remove most, if not nearly all, of the stain. You just slip the enclosed absorbent pad under the stained material and apply the stain remover sparingly to the spot, being careful to keep the liquid and pad away from their skin and yours. The pad absorbs any excess liquid and also provides a safe area to, using the top of the closed bottle, gently work the stain around until it disappears. The product really is amazing!

Dryel is found at Walmart, Target, most grocery stores, etc. My daughter uses it when she doesn’t have enough time to take something to the cleaners.

So, I just went into our laundry room and found her container of Dryel in the cupboard.

This is what it looks like, if you’re not familiar with it:

And, sure enough, it has a stain pen right inside:

She’s a “Tide To Go” fan, so I bet she didn’t know about this little gem.

Janet wrote about a stain bottle. I don’t know if it’s the same solution.

I e-mailed her last week and haven’t heard back from her yet.

Have you tried this product and stain treatment yourself?

I’d love to hear your comments on this or other stain removing secrets.

If you accidentally cut your finger and it bleeds on your dress, here is a great solution. It’s found in this post on Fun At The Wedding Reception.