How to Get Perfume Stain Out of Clothes

Don't let your favorite fragrance ruin your favorite top.
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Nothing ruins your favorite blouse like an oily perfume stain. While not all perfumes leave stains behind, perfumes with a higher oil concentration or fragrances that are dyed may leave behind a stain that ruins a top or pair of pants. Once perfume stains set, they can be difficult to remove. However, if the stain is fresh, you can get it out of your clothing.

Sponge the perfume stain immediately with cold water. This avoids the permanent setting of the stain once it's washed in the washing machine. Cold water eliminates the stain before it has a chance to set into the fabric.

Rub a pre-treater for stains onto the stain. Fill a bucket with lukewarm water and soak the treated garment in the water for half an hour to an hour until the stain is lifted off of the fabric.

Launder the item as you usually do once it's finished soaking. Follow the care instructions on the garment.

  • Follow the care label on your garment; don't treat it with water if it's a dry clean only item -- send it to the cleaners.
  • For perfume stains that have set, use a mixture of vinegar and water to pre-treat the item.

Christi Aldridge has been writing professionally since 2009. She graduated from Texas Christian University, where she was a featured contributor for several campus publications and won an award for best columnist.