orange flower

Step 1: Prepare the stained garment

Make sure to gently shake off any excess pollen to prevent it from spreading further and attaching itself to your other garments. If the stain is fresh, you can use a piece of tape to lift off as much pollen as possible. However, if the stain has already set, avoid rubbing or scrubbing it, as it may worsen the situation. Instead, move on to the next step and get to work treating the stain.

To get lily pollen out of clothes it's important to act very quickly and handle the stained garment with extra care as lily pollen can leave darker stains on the fabric than other pollen.

Prepare the stained garment

Step 2: Treat the stain

Begin by rinsing the garment under cold water, avoiding hot water as it can set the stain further. If you're dealing with a delicate fabric, such as silk or wool, gently blot the stain with a clean cloth or sponge instead of rinsing. Once you’ve rinsed or blotted the stain, use a stain remover that is appropriate for the fabric of your clothes. If the fabric is cotton or polyester, select Vanish Oxi Action Multipower stain remover powder, if it’s wool or silk, select Vanish Oxi Action Multipower stain remover gel. Whether you're dealing with lily pollen or yellow pollen, treating the stain with the right products and techniques is crucial.


Vanish Oxi Action Multi Power Powder

Vanish Oxi Action Multi Power Powder

Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White Powder

Vanish Oxi Action Crystal White Powder

Step 3: Wash the garment

Laundering the garment is an important step in the process of removing pollen stains. Always check the care label for any specific instructions regarding water temperature and washing machine settings. Washing clothes in cold water can remove stains, plus it has a positive impact on your carbon footprint, reducing CO2 emissions significantly. Add a scoop of laundry detergent to the washing machine and run. Once the cycle is complete, you can inspect the garment for any remaining stains before proceeding to the next step.

washing machine

Step 4: Dry your clothes

Once the garment has been washed, it's crucial to avoid drying it until you're sure the stain has been completely removed. Heat from the dryer can set the stain, making it much more challenging to remove later on. Instead, air dry the garment by laying it flat on a clean towel or hanging it up to dry. If the stain is still visible after drying, repeat the previous steps. Then leave the item to dry again and check for any lingering stains.

Dry your clothes

Step 5: Check for any remaining stains

Once the garment is dry, carefully inspect it for any remaining stains. If you notice any traces of the pollen stain, repeat the treatment process from step two. Remember to be gentle and avoid scrubbing vigorously, as it may damage the fabric. After treating the stain again, launder the garment once more, following the instructions from step three. By repeating these steps, you increase the chances of completely removing the pollen stain.

A stubborn stain may require additional treatment to completely disappear. By carefully inspecting the garment and reapplying the stain remover or detergent, you're giving yourself the best chance of achieving stain-free clothes and fabrics.

Check for any remaining stains

Step 6: Final tips for preventing and removing pollen stains

To prevent future pollen stains, try to avoid brushing against pollen-producing plants or flowers while wearing light-coloured clothing. This can be hard if you’re busy and rushing around, so you might want to check your flowers and remove pollen regularly. Additionally, promptly treating any fresh pollen stains can significantly improve the chances of complete removal. Remember, prevention is always better than cure when it comes to pollen stains. By following all these tips, you can keep your clothes and fabrics looking their best.

tips for preventing and removing pollen stains


Removing pollen stains from clothes and fabrics is a manageable task! By following our step-by-step guide, you can effectively tackle lily pollen, yellow pollen and other pollen stains. Remember to act quickly, treat the stain gently and avoid heat until you're sure the stain is completely gone. Now that you're armed with these tips and tricks, you're well on your way to becoming a pollen stain removal expert. Go ahead and buy that next bunch of flowers with confidence! You can also become an expert at removing mud from clothes and making grass stains disappear with our tips.