Stains are part of knowledge. But how to remove a laundry stain? That is where the challenge lies. We’ve got the tricks to remove any stain from clothes, carpet and more!
Life is messy. You spill wine on your new rug. The game scoring run on your son’s team results in grass stained pants. The spaghetti sauce splattered on your shirt while cooking dinner. The sharpie your toddler found results in new artwork on your wall.
Fighting laundry stains can feel like a never-ending battle. Many of the over the counter removers just don’t entirely tackle them. The original stain may be removed but may leave behind ghost stains.
Stains don’t just happen on clothes, but also around the house. To help you win the fight against stains, I’ve created a list of the methods I’ve used in the past.
And, since laundry stains are one of my biggest nemesis, I’ve even designed a free printable laundry stain removal guide (at the bottom of this post). Click to print one out so you will know which method to use on any stain that finds its way onto your clothes.
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- DIY Carpet Cleaner
GENERAL STAIN REMOVAL GUIDE
The sooner you can treat the stain, the more likely it will come out.
If there is any excess liquid on your stain, blot it away immediately. Blotting will reduce the chances of the stain spreading further.
Scrape off excess
If your stain is solid, remove as much of it as possible. Use a butter knife or other item to remove it.
Be careful treating delicate fabrics
Don’t be harsh when treating stains on delicate clothing items. Rub gently to remove the stain.
Watch for colorfastness
Test the treatment on an area of the garment that is not visible when wearing. Ensure that the product will not modify or remove the color.
Apply removers to the underneath side of the stain
Place your item with the stain against a towel. Then, apply the stain removal product to the other side. That will push the stain off of your garment and onto the towel.
Never dry the stain
If an item goes into the wash with a stain on it, check it before tossing it into the dryer. If it dries, it will make the stain permanent.
If you have a difficult stain, it may require several treatments to remove it entirely.
COMMON LAUNDRY STAIN REMOVAL TIPS
Here are some tips to help you remove some of the most common stains you will encounter in when doing laundry. As stated above, always test for colorfast before using any of these methods. Once you’ve applied the treatment, launder the item as usual.
Coffee or tea
Rinse the stain from the back, and it should come out. If not, apply a small amount of liquid laundry detergent or dish soap and scrub.
Mix one tablespoon of liquid dish soap with one table spoon of vinegar and two cups of warm water. Apply the mixture with a sponge to slowly remove the stain.
Wine stain removal
Create a mixture that is one tablespoon vinegar and 2/3 cup of rubbing alcohol. Blot the stain using the solution.
Grease or oil
Rub baking soda or water onto the stain. You can also soak it in vinegar for 10 – 15 minutes and then use dishwashing liquid and rub out the stain.
Apply alcohol to break down the stain.
Pre-soak in a mixture of warm water and liquid laundry detergent then scrub the stain. If it remains, use vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.
Create a mixture that is one part and two parts hydrogen peroxide (example: 1/3 c. water and 2/3 c. peroxide). Scrub and rinse. If stain persists, you may need to soak in this mixture.
There are a couple of options to try when it comes to removing sweat from clothing.
Option 1: Create a mixture of one part lemon juice and one part water. Apply and allow it to dry in the sun to help bleach out the stain (and odor).
Option 2: Create a mixture of one part water and one part hydrogen peroxide and allow to soak for an hour.
Ink or Paint
Try one of these methods to remove this from your clothing.
Option 1: Rub with Dishwashing Liquid & Rinse
Option 2: Rub with Hairspray & Rinse
Option 3: Rub with Rubbing Alcohol & Rinse
Option 4: Rub with Nail Polish Remove & Rinse
Option 5: Use Color Safe Bleach
Blood, urine or feces
Rinse in cold water. Apply hydrogen peroxide to the stain and allow it to work. Rinse again. If the stain remains, you can try to use dishwashing liquid for final stain removal.
Allow it do dry completely and then scrape off as much as you can with a butter knife. Then, put paper towels or brown paper bags over the waxy area. Rub with a warm iron over the top of the paper. The heat will transfer the wax from the clothing onto the paper. You will need to move the towel or bag around or even replace until all of the wax is gone.
I can’t tell you how many articles of clothing and household items I’ve saved because of these tips. I can tackle any stain my kids throw my way!