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How To Get Stains Out Of Anything

October 22, 2018

How To Get Stains Out Of Anything

How To Get Stains Out Of Anything

Whether it’s your nicest white shirt or a pair of pastel bottoms, stains seem to be attracted to light-colored clothing. No matter how neat you are, the occasional flick of a sauce-covered noodle, a drop of wine down from the mouth of a wine glass, or a fleck of chocolate can somehow find a way on and into your clothes.

Wine

Flush the stain out by holding the fabric wrong side up under running cold water. Mix a solution of oxygen bleach and cool water and soak the garment in the solution for at least 1 hour (ideally you want to soak the article of clothing for about 4 hours or overnight). Check for stains and repeat the process if necessary, then wash the garment as usual.

Ink

Dip a cotton swab in clear rubbing alcohol and pat around the stain, starting from the outside and moving towards the center, swapping out cotton swabs as each one absorbs the ink to avoid spreading the stain.

Grease

Create a mixture of ½ white vinegar and ½ water and apply liberally to the stain. Wash the article of clothing until the stain disappears. Repeat the vinegar + water application as needed. Once the stain has lifted, toss the clothing into the dryer. DO NOT dry the garment until the stain is gone!

Grass

Grass is a bit of a pain in the… Yah. The best way to treat a grass stain is to use a stain remover or heavy-duty laundry detergent. Work the remover or detergent into the fabric of the clothing with your fingers or a soft brush (like a toothbrush). Set the article aside for about 15 minutes and then wash the garment as usual. If the stains remain after washing, mix a solution of oxygen bleach and cool water and soak the article in the solution overnight before washing again.

Coffee

Run hot water through the stain. If the stain has already set, use a mixture of ½ vinegar and ½ water and rub with a toothbrush before throwing into the wash.

Blood

Rinse the stained area with cold water ASAP. Work laundry detergent into the fabric with a soft-bristled brush. Set aside for about 15 minutes and wash in cool water.




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