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Stain Removal Tips That Work

Stain Removal Tips That Work

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How many pairs of pants have been condemned to the bottom of the closet after splashing oil onto the front? And how often has your favorite shirt gone into the garbage because of that pernicious stain that ruined everything? Here is a list of easy stain removal tips that may help salvage some of your favorite apparel or linen items from being trashed.

There are different categories of stains that need to be dealt with. The stain removal tips for each type of stain differs slightly but the general procedure is to apply the mixture, let it set in (unless otherwise specified as with vinegar), rub vigorously, and rinse. Repeat if necessary. Combining a small amount of mild detergent with lukewarm water works on 90% of stains. For tougher stains, a solution of one part white vinegar to two parts water normally does the trick. The general procedure is to dab the stained area with a clean, white, dry cloth to remove any excess liquid. Some tougher stains require the mixture to stand on the stain for a few minutes (5-10) before rinsing. This method can be hazardous to dry clean only items and delicate materials such as silk or wool. Isopropyl alcohol mixed with cold water often works on tougher stains and can be used on most garments.


Oil and oil-based stains such as butter- Lots of regular dishwashing soaps with extra grease fighting action work great on these stains. If that doesn't work, try this easy stain removal idea. First apply an absorbent such as baby powder or cornstarch to remove as much of the excess as possible. Allow the solution to sit for a few minutes and then brush away. Spray the stain with a stain remover, and place the garment stain-side down on a clean paper towel. Rub against the backside to loosen and remove the stain.

Chocolate- (This stain removal tip is also good for candy in general.) First soak in cold water and detergent to remove as much of the chocolate as possible. Then use warm to hot water and wash normally. If stain persists, rinse with hydrogen peroxide and launder again.

Ketchup or tomato based stains- It's important to know for any of these types of stains no to rub the stain. This just makes it worse. Instead, work on the backside of the stain to rub it out with a warm water and detergent or vinegar solution.


Soda- Combine hydrogen peroxide with water at an approximate ratio of ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide to 3 cups of water. Spray the mixture and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse and repeat if necessary.

Juice- Here's an important stain removal tip. Don't use detergent or warm water, on juice stains. They will only act to set the stain in further. Instead use cool water or vinegar solution to remove the stain.


Blood- If the blood is fresh, rinsing with cold water and rubbing repeatedly should work out the stain. If the blood has dried, use peroxide to break down the stain before rinsing.

Pet urine or feces- (Always a fun one!) Mix 2 Tablespoons of ammonia with about a cup of water and rub into the stained garment or carpet area. Once the stain is removed, sprinkle baking soda over the area and allow it to sit for a few hours before vacuuming to remove the odor as well. White vinegar and water (heavy on the vinegar) also removes the smell of urine completely.


Ink and dye- This is a really unusual way method for getting rid of stains, but it really works. Saturate the stain with hairspray and then press from behind with a clean paper towel onto another clean paper towel until all the ink has been removed. Isopropyl alcohol mixed with a little water will also remove ink and dye from carpeting and other large items that can't been handled easily.

Polish- Create a mixture of two parts water to one part isopropyl alcohol to remove liquid polish from colored clothing. For whites, you can use the alcohol undiluted.

Food coloring- First soak the garment in warm water mixed with a small amount of liquid detergent and white vinegar. Rinse and launder regularly. If the stain remains, try an ammonia solution mixed with water.

Some more stain removal tips

- Stains are much easier to remove before they've been allowed to dry.

- Always test solution on an inconspicuous area of the garment to ensure no further damage is caused.

- Vinegar can bleach clothing if left for too long. For this reason, it is advisable to rinse immediately after application.

- If the garment has already been washed, do not put in a dryer. The heat will set in the stain permanently.

- White vinegar or strong dishwashing detergent mixed with lukewarm water will eliminate the majority of household stains such as coffee, tea, beer, wine, and.

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