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How to Fight 5 of the Top Clothing Stains

Deodorant/Perspiration: Squeeze a lemon, mix with equal amount of water and saturate the stain. Leave the garment in the sun and together you have quite a green stain fighting team! If that didn’t do the trick, crush up two aspirins in a half cup of water. Pour it onto the stain, let it sit for two hours and then add a tiny bit of liquid detergent to the stain before rubbing it and throwing it in the wash.

Ink: There’s nothing worse that a pocket that needed protecting that has since been destroyed by a sea of black ink but there is hope! Take the garment and the stained area directly on top of a clean towel. Then use rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover to rub the stain out. As you rub, the ink will be transferred on the towel so make sure to monitor it and move the garment to un-inked sections of towel to assure it doesn’t seep back on.

Grass: If you didn’t catch the grass quick enough (you can blot it out with a sponge and water plus a run through the washer with a stain remover if caught in time), you can also use a white vinegar and baking soda paste (much like the coffee stain). Rub onto the stain and let it sit for awhile and then wash. If things are really serious, you can also take a window washing solution like Windex and soak the spot in it, let it sit for an hour then wash.

And if you’re prone to battling these brutes, next time you’re at the grocery store, check out the laundry aisle and nab yourself some OxiClean, a Tide Stain Brush or Spray & Wash Dual Power stain removers which work as awesome pre-treatments to garments before they hit the laundromat. I also discovered a great product called Wine Away, that does exactly that, makes red wine go away!

If you’ve taken all these steps and the spot persists, I’m sorry to say you’re probably stained for good but in that case you can always use the excuse I use – it adds character!

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6:15AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

thanks

6:56PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

thanks ! blood can be gotten out by using peroxide!

7:15PM PDT on Mar 26, 2012

Handy info!

10:08PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

I do know that an oil stain can be treated by adding some cooking oil to the spot and after having left it for a while, just wash as usual.
I find the most troublesome stains to be curry or tumeric. Perhaps I should write to Dr Oz about that, because he's repeatedly recommending that we use these spices regularly.

5:41PM PST on Mar 7, 2012

Good to know.

12:10PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

One that isn't mentioned is blood, that can be removed with soaking the stain in cold water and with salt added to the stained area. After that it can be washed as normal.

9:29AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Nice, thanks!

7:27AM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Since we seem to abide by our house rule: 'Stain only the expensive stuff'! These remedies are worth a try, Thank You

11:10AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

Great to know!!Thank you.

8:43AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

good to know

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