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I’m sure most of us had an accidental wine spill or a toddler making their clothes dirty and greasy. Hardly a day goes by where we don’t have to declare war against stains. And if we are unable to figure out anything to remove stains, we decide to throw away the piece of garment.
You don’t need to throw away your favorite pair of jeans or top when you can easily remove these stains.
Yes, with just some simple tips and tricks, you can say goodbye to that dirty oil stain and save your precious clothes as well as your money. You just require some simple household stuff and in some cases, advanced products to remove tough stains from clothes.
- Treat the stain as quickly as possible. The more you wait, the more difficult it is to get rid of it.
- Clean the excess stain liquid immediately.
- Before applying any product or any remedy to treat the stain, make sure that it won’t damage the cloth by applying it to a small area of the cloth and observing its reaction after 2-3 minutes.
How to Easily Remove Stains from Clothes at Home
1. Rust Stains
The first step is not to rub this stain. Rubbing it may cause it to get more engaged with the fabric and stick to it.
Mix salt and lemon juice in somewhat equal proportions and apply that mixture to the stain. Salt adds up to the strength of lemon juice to remove the stain. Wash it with some detergent after some time. If you can, allow the garment to line dry in the sun which helps in eliminating any light brownish marks which might be left.
Another method or substitute for lemon juice is white vinegar. Apply it in the same way as lemon juice (covering the stained area with the liquid then washing the cloth with some detergent). If the stain persists, then repeat the step until the stain vanishes completely.
If you want don’t want to go with the DIY method, then Magica rust remover works perfectly for dealing with rust stains. It is very efficient in dealing with rust stains on clothes as well as carpets.
Related: 24 Vinegar Cleaning Hacks
2. Coffee Stains
After blotting the excess coffee with a clean cloth, soak the stain in a solution of 1-quart warm water (around 0.9 – 1 liter), 6-7 drops of liquid dishwashing soap, and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar for 10 minutes.
Now, rinse the stained area with warm water and gently rub the other side of the stain (inner side of cloth) with a sponge dipped in rubbing alcohol. After this, wash as normal with some good bleach for whites or if the stain has turned very faint then just wash with a good natural detergent.
3. Grease Stains
For grease stains too, we will use the cleaning power of vinegar. All you need to do is to rub the affected area with a toothbrush dipped in white vinegar. The toothbrush will help loosen and remove the particles from the fabric. Keep it for a while and then wash it as usual.
Another trick is to apply cornstarch to the stain and leave it for a while so that it can absorb the stain. Then wash the item, if needed. Cornstarch has some amazing uses around the home.
4. Red Wine Stains
Apply some salt to the affected area. Cover the whole stain with salt and just rub it a little. The salt will begin to absorb the color. Soak the cloth in cold detergent mixed water for 2-3 hours. Then just wash it as usual. You will get the same old stainless cloth back.
If your cloth gets stained while attending some party, and you are unable to use the above method at that time, use club soda to moisten it and rush home to put it in the machine.
5. Oil Stains
Apply talcum powder or baby powder on the stain immediately. Form a good coat of the powder on oil affected area of the fabric. Leave it in this state for at least 30-45 minutes. The powder absorbs all the oil during this time. Then wipe off the powder and apply a good stain remover and wash the cloth as usual.
You can also consider using baking soda to clean instead of talcum powder or baby powder.
6. Blood Stains
Soak the cloth in ice-cold water for 10-15 minutes and then rub the stain gently from behind. Then again soak it in water. Still, if the stain has not vanished fully, soak in the oxi clean solution for 20-25 minutes and then wash as usual.
Even a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution can clean blood stains easily. Just apply some on the stain, rub the stain gently from behind and leave it for a while. Then just wash the cloth (a hospital nurse recommended this method).
You can even use castile soap for treating bloodstains. Soak the cloth overnight in liquid castile soap solution. Then gently rub the stain ( preferably from behind) if it has not vanished yet. And wash as usual.
7. Ink Stains
Ink stains are the most common type of stain but it’s easy to remove them. All you need to do is to use the cleaning power of rubbing alcohol to get rid of them. Apply some rubbing alcohol on the spot and leave it for some time. After that, just wash it with water, and the ink stain will be no more.
8. Lipstick Stains
It happens. Either you end up kissing the collar of your boyfriend’s shirt or smudge a smooch on your favorite scarf — lipstick stains are tough to get rid of and are one of the most difficult to deal with in the laundry room. But, you can use rubbing alcohol to clean these toughies easily.
All you need to do is to apply some rubbing alcohol on the lipstick stain and then rub it from behind. Let it stay for 10-15 minutes. Now, pat with a clean cloth and wash as usual with a good natural detergent, and your cloth will be as good as new.
9. Mustard Stains
Mustard stains! Another stubborn stain type and also common if you love mustard sauce. Thankfully, cleaning them is not hard if you use the correct method. This method for treating mustard stains is even suitable for a few days old stains.
Firstly, using a dull knife or a spoon you should gently scrape away as much mustard as you can (don’t scrape forcefully or you will damage the fabric). Now, rinse the stained part of the fabric and rub some natural liquid laundry detergent on the stain and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. Wash as usual and watch the stains disappear.
Even grass and ground stains can be treated using this method (see the next point).
10. Grass and Ground Stains
These stains are very easy to remove. All you need to do is apply some liquid detergent to the stain and let it sit for 20 minutes. Now, rub the fabric together and wash with warm water after some time. If some color remains on the garment, then apply some diluted vinegar.
Another method is using washing soda to treat such stains. Apply washing soda on the stain and allow it to soak overnight. Then wash as usual.
11. Sweat Stains/ Yellowish Clothes
With time, sweat stains and yellowness starts appearing on white-colored and even some light-colored clothes. So how to deal with this?
Make a solution of lemon juice and warm water and then rub it gently on the stained area. Now, wash it as usual and dry the cloth under direct sunlight. If it’s just a collar stain, then rub some shampoo (even a good washing soap works) on the collar and rub the collar together.
An easier and quicker way to get rid of sweat stains or yellowness from clothes is to use oxi-clean solution to treat the sweat stains. This stain remover is very efficient in dealing with stains and comes in handy in winters when there is no sunlight. Yes, it does not require you to dry clothes under sunlight. A must-try!
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