Man's best friend offers unconditional love in the form of companionship, a wagging tail and endless doggie kisses. Some breeds of dogs are more prone to drooling than others, such as Newfoundlands and St. Bernards. Owners with knowledge of these breeds know drooling is par for the course and a small inconvenience for the love and loyalty offered by their pet. Though canine saliva, a protein stain, may be a regular part of laundry concerns, it is easily removed with proper techniques and the right supplies.
Items You'll Need:
• Plastic spoon
• 1/2 tsp. dish-washing detergent
• 1 tbsp. ammonia
• Old toothbrush
• Enzyme prewash stain remover
• Laundry detergent
• Oxygen bleach
Step #1 - Scrape off excess canine saliva with plastic spoon. This prevents saliva, especially when still moist, from being smeared on surrounding fabric.
Tip #2 - Fill a bucket with 1 qt. of warm water, 1/2 tsp. dish-washing detergent and 1 tbsp. ammonia. Mix well to combine all ingredients.
Step #3 - Soak the saliva-stained garment in the ammonia mixture for 15 minutes. Lift the garment from the solution and scrub the backside of the stain with an old toothbrush. Dunk the garment in and out of the soaking solution a couple times before allowing to soak for an additional 15 minutes.
Step #4 - Rinse the article of clothing with cool water to wash away the ammonia solution and loosened saliva stain. Apply an enzyme prewash stain remover to break down and remove proteins in the stain. Leave the prewash on the surface of the fabric for half an hour; if the canine saliva stain has been left unattended on the garment longer, you can soak it overnight.
Step #5 - Wash the clothing with laundry detergent and oxygen bleach to remove last traces of saliva. Check your clothing prior to placing it in the dryer since heat will set any residual stain.
By Mary Ylisela
Alabama Cooperative Extension; Dog Companionship and Its Benefits to Humans: Other Services and Benefits of Dog Companionship; Julio E. Correa et al; November 1999
University of Illinois Extension: Stain Solutions: Mucous: Fabric
Iowa State University; Quick and Easy Stain Removal: Protein Stains; Janis Stone; 2009
Ohio State University: Quick and Easy Stain Removal Guide: Protein Stains
The Dog Guide: 12 Breeds That Drool and Slobber
About the Author
Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.