“Oh $#*@!!” – did you accidentally get lily pollen on your clothes or furniture? Our recent posts about lilies had a couple readers ask us – what is the best way to remove lily pollen stains?
First thing – don’t panic! If you do it right, you can easily remove the pollen by following some of these tips:
- DON’T touch the pollen. You’ll just end up rubbing it in which will make removal harder
- Gently remove pollen in a number of ways:
- Use a vacuum cleaner (like a hand vac) to carefully suck it up
- Use tape (masking or clear cellophane tape work well) to gently lift off the pollen. Don’t reuse the same area of tape once it picks up pollen; move to a fresh piece so you don’t put the pollen right back.
These steps should completely remove the pollen from your clothes.
So, what if you already rubbed it in and tried to wash it out? You’re probably still seeing the stain. Don’t worry – you can still get it out by letting the sun bleach it. Just put your clothes out in a sunny spot and let nature do its thing. You’ll be surprised to see that the stain will disappear. For some stains, it only takes a few hours in the sun, for others it can take a couple days.
Hope these tips help and the next time you have lilies, we recommend you remove the stamens as soon as the lilies start opening so you can avoid getting pollen on anything.
Let us know if you have any questions or tell us other ways you’ve been able to get rid of these pesky pollen stains!
Enjoy the day,