Easy tricks to remove black stains from socks


If over time you notice that your socks take on a dark color, that their appearance quickly ages and they appear lumps, it is most likely that you are washing them incorrectly. For this reason, we teach you some very simple tricks to remove black stains and bad smell from socks.

How are the socks washed? It is a question that we do not ask ourselves very often, since we take the answer for “known”. However, if your new three-wash socks have an aged appearance, the presence of small balls and black spots on the heel and the sole is that something is failing in their cleaning.

Socks, tights or tights are essential garments at any time of the year, hence their washing is important. Therefore, on this occasion, we teach you some easy tricks to remove black stains and white, colored, cotton, wool socks or whatever they are! In addition, we provide you with some tricks to avoid the appearance of balls and a bad smell .

If you want your socks to last longer, odor-free and look fresh, read on!

Prepare the socks for washing

If you want your socks, tights and stockings to be preserved as the first day, you must prepare them for washing. It will not take long and you will greatly extend its useful life. So, before washing your socks, follow these guidelines:

  • Wash the socks with garments of the same fabric , similar fabrics and always inside out. For example, wash cotton socks with cotton garments and wool socks with wool garments. The reason? They are underwear, small in size and made in such a way that they absorb moisture.
  • In your wash, separate them by color . For example, white socks should be washed separately.
  • For stubborn stains, treat the stain in a soaked bucket . Below, we detail how to treat black spots.

To keep your socks, stockings and tights in perfect condition, do not make a ball with them or tie them together. Just put them together and roll them together to your partner. In this way we avoid that they give of themselves and form balls.

How to wash your socks and make them look like new

Wash colored socks

To wash colored socks, you simply have to turn them over and put them in the washing machine together with garments that are of the same fabric and that contain similar dirt. Avoid washing them with items such as jeans or jeans and with delicate fabrics such as silk or linen. As a general rule, to wash colored socks in the washing machine, follow these steps :

  • 1. Put them in the washing machine inside out .
  • 2. Add your usual detergent. Set a wash cycle for delicate garments and at 30ºC .
  • 3. Avoid using commercial fabric softeners .
  • 4. Instead, you can add 1 cup of white vinegar (cleaning special) that will prevent the appearance of lumps, eliminate the bad smell they may have and remove the most difficult stains on colored socks.
  • 5. We do not recommend spinning socks. If you do, try to keep it at low revs.
  • 6. Before drying, shake them to prevent wrinkles .

If you choose to wash your colored socks by hand, just use a good soap or detergent and scrub . If colored socks show very black stains, these stains must be treated before putting them in the washing machine. To treat this dirt, soak them overnight with vinegar, soap and half a cup of salt. The salt will prevent them from losing that bright color that we like so much.

How to wash socks with vinegar, lemon and baking soda

Washing very dirty white socks

If after continued use, your white socks (colored or light colors) have black spots and small balls, you should soak them to treat the dirt that has adhered to the fibers of the sock fabric. To return that pristine white of the first day, follow these steps :

  • 1. Prepare a basin (bucket) with warm water . The water temperature should not exceed 30 degrees. In this way we prevent them from shrinking and dirt adhering more to the fibers of the fabric.
  • 2. Moisten the socks to be washed and rub them with hand soap or special detergent for hand washing. Make sure the socks soak up well with the soap.
  • 3. Remove the socks from the water. This way you avoid that when you add the bleaching products the stains.
  • 4. Then, pour 1 cup of natural lemon juice into the bucket . You can substitute the lemon for 1 cup white vinegar and 3 tablespoons of baking soda (ideal for socks that have very black stains).
  • 5. Let the socks soak for at least 2 hours. Lemon juice, being a natural product, will not spoil the socks. On the contrary, it will treat stains, eliminate odors, and prevent pilling.

After the soaking time, you can continue with the hand wash or put them in the washing machine with a short wash cycle , especially for delicate fabrics and low temperatures. Like the previous guide, avoid using commercial fabric softeners. Before laying them out, shake them and you’re done.

You can perform this stain treatment at night, so you allow enough time for the products to act and leave your socks as new.

How to wash socks with bleach

Washing socks with bleach

To recover the original whiteness of your socks you can also use bleach. To do this, you just have to let them soak in a basin or bucket with 2 liters of cold water and 20 ml of bleach for at least 30 minutes . If you wash by hand, try to use gloves, rub thoroughly and rinse with cold water.

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