How to Fight 5 of the Top Clothing Stains

By Marissa Ross, Intent

I know I should use some positive affirmation here and not write that I am clumsy but the truth of my laundry hamper is, I am clumsy. I have this knack for getting something on virtually every piece of clothing I own. Whether itís something I was trying to make into my mouth or just putting on too much deodorant in a hurry, itís always something. Over the years Iíve learned that there are days you may have left your Tide To Go at home or youíre fresh out of Shout with a puddle of cranberry juice eating away at your brand new tank top. But just because you havenít restocked your supplies doesnít mean you canít be a champion of stain fighting!

Iím sure your mother or the tag of your favorite sweater has already told you all this but just a reminder that when stain fighting:

1. Act as quickly as possible.

2. Always use a test area before applying any stain remover to assure it is safe on the fabric.

3. Do not under any circumstance throw clothes in the dryer until the stain is completely gone otherwise it never will beÖ DUN DUN DUNNN!!!

Here are some of the top perps of stained clothing crimes:

Red Wine: Next time you spill red wine on yourself, throw some white wine on there too! The white wine will neutralize the stain and it will vanish. Then just throw it in laundry! If youíre a strictly Cab girl such as myself and white wineís as sparse as Brussels sprouts in your kitchen (unless Iím still the only one who never got over that childhood hurdle), blot the stain with club soda or use coarse salt to soak it up.

Coffee: For those of us who practically need it to make it through the work day, coffee is bound to get on something. Next time youíve drenched your blouse in latte, combine cold water, powdered laundry detergent and white vinegar in a tiny bowl. Mix until itís a toothpaste consistency then apply to the stain in a circular motion. Rinse with cold water and apply a touch of detergent to the stain before throwing it in the wash.

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 didnít 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: Thereís 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 doesnít seep back on.

Grass: If you didnít 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 youíre prone to battling these brutes, next time youíre 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 youíve taken all these steps and the spot persists, Iím sorry to say youíre probably stained for good but in that case you can always use the excuse I use – it adds character!

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Anteater Ants
Anteater A3 years ago


Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson5 years ago

thanks ! blood can be gotten out by using peroxide!

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G5 years ago

Handy info!

heather g.
heather g5 years ago

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.

Sandy Erickson
Sandy Erickson5 years ago

Good to know.

Mike and Janis B.
Janis B5 years ago

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.

Manuela C.
Manuela C5 years ago

Nice, thanks!

Jerry t.
Jerold t5 years ago

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

Marcia O.
Marcia Oyler5 years ago

Great to know!!Thank you.

Sue H.
.5 years ago

good to know