It may sound a little bit strange, but a surprisingly common question we get asked regarding Kratom is how you can remove Kratom stains from clothing and other surfaces.
Unfortunately, dried Kratom powders are very messy. The finely-ground powder tends to get everywhere, and it can create stubborn stains whenever it makes contact with fabric and other soft surfaces.
How Can We Help?
While the stains can be frustrating, there are several ways you can remove them from your clothing. To help you keep your clothing clean and take some of the frustration out of handling Kratom, we are going to go over some of the most effective ways to remove Kratom dust stains.
We will also offer some quick stain prevention tips, so you can avoid having to deal with these stains in the first place.
The Best Ways to Remove Kratom Dust Stains
We find that the following two methods are the most effective ways to remove Kratom stains from clothing:
The Dish Soap & Vinegar Method
Here’s how to remove Kratom stains with dish soap and vinegar:
- Start by mixing equal parts of dish soap with white vinegar in a clean bowl. One tablespoon of each is usually enough for most Kratom stains. Once you have measured out your soap and vinegar, add two cups of cold water.
- Dip a clean cloth or rag into your freshly-made cleaning solution. Ensure you are not using a towel or cloth that you care about, as the Kratom spot can spread to that fabric.
- Thoroughly dab the stain until it soaks with your cleaning solution. Let the solution sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Blot the stain with more of the solution every 10 minutes and ensure that the soaked stain does not dry out.
- After enough time has elapsed, you can begin sponging the area with cold water to pull the stain and the cleaning solution out of the fabric.
- To ensure the Kratom stain is fully removed, sponge the area with rubbing alcohol. From there, sponge it clean with cold water.
This method should effectively remove any signs of the Kratom dust stain from your clothing. If there is any remaining residue, you can repeat the steps for a second time. After you can no longer see the stain, you can wash your clothing in the washing machine as you would with any other piece of dirty laundry.
The Pet Stain Remover Method
- Place the stained item of clothing on a flat surface.
- Apply any commercial all-purpose pet stain remover to the Kratom stain. Follow the instructions on the label to determine how much of the product you should use.
- Allow the cleaning product to sit on the stain for at least 10 minutes.
- Lightly rub the fabric against itself to help loosen the stain.
- Dab the stain with a clean cloth that is soaked with cold water.
While it may sound somewhat unusual, pet stain cleaning sprays tend to work well for removing Kratom powder stains from clothing. This is a good method to follow if you are limited on time and just want quick and easy results.
Remember to follow the steps as outlined on the label of the pet stain spray!
What Should You NOT Try to Remove Stains?
Avoid the Washing Machine
While it may be tempting, you should avoid throwing Kratom-stained clothing directly into the washing machine. Doing so can set the stain and make it even more difficult to remove, especially if you are washing with warm water.
After removing the stain with one of the two methods described above, you can wash the garment in your washing machine, but you should always avoid starting the stain removal process this way.
Do Not Apply Water Directly to the Stain
You should also avoid applying water directly to the stain. Whenever you apply moisture to any dust-based stain, it can cause the powder to set and cling to the fibers in the clothing, making it much more difficult to remove in the future. In most cases, trying to remove the Kratom dust with water right away will end up doing significantly more harm than good!
Do Not Rub Kratom Stains
Avoid rubbing the untreated stain against itself as doing so can make it worse and cause it to spread. This is why most of the methods that work have you dab and sponge the stain rather than rub it.
How to Prevent Kratom Stains in the First Place
As with any stain, prevention is always better than removal. Luckily, there are a few simple tips you can follow to help prevent Kratom dust stains from occurring in the first place.
- When you are measuring Kratom powder, avoid using heaping scoops as it encourages spills, which will increase the risk that you will stain your clothing.
- Whenever you transfer Kratom powder from one container to another or even scoop it into a beverage, do so over the sink or large bowl.
- Consider wearing old clothes that you do not care about when spending a significant amount of time handling your Kratom powder. If, for example, you are making your own Kratom capsules, you should wear old clothes that you do not care about.
- Avoid wearing long-sleeve shirts when you are handling Kratom powder. By wearing a T-shirt, your forearms will be exposed, which will reduce the chances that some of the Kratom powder you handle will end up on your clothing. While it is very difficult to remove from fabric, Kratom powder will be relatively easy to wash off your skin.
- Always pour Kratom powders slowly and carefully, rather than abruptly pouring the powder into cups and containers.
- Consider switching to pre-made Kratom capsules if you find that Kratom powder stains are becoming a consistent problem. These pre-filled capsules are far less messy and can also help with dose control.
Simply by practicing the correct stain removal and prevention techniques, you can make stubborn Kratom dust stains a thing of the past. Remember, prevention is always preferable to removal!