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How to remove coffee stains from clothes
Blot up the excess coffee using paper towels or clean, dry cloth. Make sure you do not rub, as this will spread the stain further. In 1 quart of warm water, add ½ teaspoon of a mild dishwashing liquid (not a laundry detergent), and one tablespoon of white vinegar. Soak the cloth in this for 15 minutes. Rinse the stained coffee area using warm water. Dip a sponge in rubbing alcohol and blot up the stained area. Once again, use warm water to rinse off the stained clothes. Launder your clothes as usual and allow it to dry.
How to remove red wine stains from clothes
The first thing you should do is dab the red wine with paper towels to remove as much liquid as you can. Be careful to only blot and not rub the stains. Now, pour some club soda on top of the stained area and let it sit for some time. Pour salt on top of this liberally. It will soak up most of the moisture from the clothes. Let it dry. Wash the clothes under cold water and use detergent directly on the stains. You can even pour some baking soda over this, as it will mildly bleach any leftover stains from the clothes.
How to remove white wine stains from clothes
Whether it is a new spill or an old white wine stain, the first thing you need to do is spot clean the white wine stain under cold water. Be sure to use only cold water and not warm water for this, as it might cause the wine stain to get further lodged into the fabric. Apply dishwashing liquid on the stained area and let it soak for a few minutes. Launder your clothes as usual, and add some bleach (if the clothes are not colored), allow it to dry.
How to remove blood stains from clothes
Turn the clothes inside out and flush out the blood stain with cold water spot treatment. It will force most of the blood stains out of the fabric. Do not use hot water for this step. Turn the clothes around, so you are facing the blood stain and rub some soap directly on the area. Scrunch up the clothes and scrub it using your hands only. Keep repeating this process, and you will find the bloodstains slowly disappearing. If there is any stained area remaining, you can rub a lemon wedge on the stained area and allow it to dry before rewashing it.
How to remove grass stains from clothes
Remove any excess grass and mud from the clothes by holding the cloth taut between your fingers and flicking from under the fabric, forcing the dirt out of the clothes. Create a mixture of 1:1 warm water and white vinegar and apply this on the grass stains. Let it sit for 5 minutes before applying laundry detergent directly on to the stained areas. You can also add some bleach if you want. Massage the stained area using your fingers or a toothbrush. Let it sit for 15 minutes, and then rinse under cold water. Repeat the process if you find any leftover stains on the clothes.
How to remove grease stains from clothes
Use paper towels to blot away as much of the grease as possible. Generously apply baby powder on top of the grease stains, as this will soak up the moisture and make it easier to remove. You can also use corn starch or salt for this. Using a spoon, remove as much of the dried up baby power using a flicking motion. Be careful not to spread the stain further. Apply detergent on the stain directly and work on it with your fingers from both inside and outside the cloth. Use a toothbrush to scrub it gently. Launder as usual and allow it to dry.
How to remove oil stains from clothes
Blot out any excess oil using paper towels immediately. Do not rub on the stains as it will spread. Make a mixture of one part vinegar and two parts water. Rinse out the oil stained area with this mixture. Now, apply some shampoo directly on to the oil stained area on your clothes. The shampoo will help cut the oil and grease from your clothes. Use your fingers to massage the area, then use an old toothbrush to gently scrub at the area. Launder your clothes as usual and allow it to dry naturally. If any stains remain, repeat the process again.
How to remove deodorant stains from clothes
If you find deodorant stains on light-colored clothing, apply a mixture of equal parts water and lemon juice directly to the stained area. Allow it to dry naturally, and then launder your clothes as usual. However, do not use this method on dark colored clothes as they might get bleached. Instead, soak the stained area in white vinegar for about an hour and brush away the deodorant stains using an old toothbrush. Launder your clothes as usual and allow it to dry naturally. You can use this method on both colored as well as non-colored clothing.
How to remove lipstick stains from clothes
Spray some hairspray directly on to the lipstick stain and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. If required, apply some more hairspray on the stain once again till you find the lipstick stained area to become completely dry and hardened. Dip a clean cloth in some warm water and dishwashing liquid solution. Blot out the stained area, remember not to rub as it will further spread the stain. Rinse out the stained area under cold water by turning the stained portion inside out. It will force the stain out of the clothes. Launder your clothes as usual and allow it to dry.
How to remove makeup stains from clothes
Apply a foaming type of shaving cream on top of the stained area. Remember to apply the foaming kind and not the gel type of shaving cream. Allow it to sit for 2 to 3 minutes. Using your fingers only, rub at the stained area of the clothes. If the stains are stubborn, apply some rubbing alcohol on the stained area rub at it. Rinse out the stained area in cold water only. Repeat the process if necessary, and rinse it out with warm water this time. Blot the area with clean paper towels and launder the clothes as usual.
How to remove ink stains from clothes
Place a cloth underneath the stained garment to prevent it from transferring on to other parts of the clothing. Blot up as much ink as possible. Blot the stain, do not rub, as it will spread. Spray an alcohol-based hairspray directly on the ink-stained portion and let it sit for about a minute. With a clean white cloth or cotton ball, blot up the stain. Keep doing this till the stain is completely lifted off. Launder your clothes as usual, but ensure that the stain has been lifted off before putting it into the wash with other garments.
How to remove mud stains from clothes
First, let the mud dry completely on your clothes. Use a spoon or a blunt knife to scrape off as much dirt as you can. Using a soft brush, gently scrub away at the particles of mud using circular motions. Keep wiping off the mud and continue the process. Apply a stain remover on the stained area of your clothes and allow them to soak for a few minutes. Rinse the garment and rub at the clothes to remove as much as you can. Launder the clothes as usual. This method should help you remove the mud stain!
How to remove paint stains from clothes
Scrape off as much wet or dried paint off the clothes using a blunt knife. Apply a strong tape over the stained area, and then quickly rip off the tape. It will remove a lot of the dried paint from the clothes. Apply hairspray directly on the stained area and let it sit for a minute. Rinse the stain under warm water. Pour dishwashing soap on the stained area and rub at it to remove the paint. Launder your clothes as usual. Make sure to remove the stain before allowing your clothes to dry completely. If the stain remains, repeat the process, then dry.
How to remove tea stains from clothes
Turn your garment inside out and rinse the area under cold water, to push the tea out of the fibers. In a cup of water, add some white vinegar and mix it well. Apply this directly over the stain and allow it to sit undisturbed for a few minutes. Gently blot the stain to remove most of it. Pour some baking soda on the stained area and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse it under water. Pour dishwashing soap over the stained tea area and rub at it to get rid of the stain. Launder your clothes as usual.
How to remove tomato sauce stains from clothes
Scrape off as much tomato sauce using the back of a spoon or a blunt knife. Blot the area using paper towels, but do not rub. Turn the garment inside out and rinse it under cold water. Do not use warm water as it will set the stain further. Apply white vinegar directly on the stained area of your clothes. Flush the stain under cold water again. Add dish soap and white vinegar to a quart of water and soak the stain for 30 minutes. Rinse off the stained area and allow it to dry directly under the sun.
How to remove chocolate stains from clothes
Scrape off any excess chocolate from your clothes using a knife. Refrigerate your garment for 15 minutes to let the chocolate dry completely. Use a blunt knife to scrape off as much dried chocolate as you can. Rub a bar of soap directly over the stained area and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Take the garment and rub it from both ends in a scrubbing motion. If the stain remains, mix hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar and dishwashing soap to create a solution. Apply it directly on the stain. Launder the clothes with cold water and allow it to dry.
How to remove fruit juice stains from clothes
Scrape off any bits of fruit from the garment with a dull knife. Turn the garment inside out and run it under cold water to flush it out. Apply stain remover along with some white vinegar or lemon on the clothes. Rinse it only using cold water, do not use hot water for this method at all. Launder your clothes using cold water again. You can add some bleach if your clothes are white, or skip this step if you have colored garments. Repeat the process if you find any residue still on your clothes. Launder the clothes again, and the stain should be gone.
How to remove rust stains from clothes
Lay down your garment on a plain surface. Pour some white vinegar or lemon juice directly over the rust stained area. Let it saturate completely, then start blotting at the stained area using paper towels or a clean white towel. You can also create a thick paste using lemon juice and salt and pour this directly over the stained area. Place this in direct sunlight and allow it to dry. Once the area has dried, launder your clothes as usual. If some stain remains, apply lemon juice directly on the stained area again, then let it dry and wash again.
How to remove sweat stains from clothes
In two cups of water, pour one cup of white vinegar. Soak your shirt in this solution for 10 minutes. Make a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, salt, and baking soda. Remove the stained shirt and wring out the excess liquid. Place the fabric on a flat surface and apply this mixture on the sweat-stained area. Let this sit for about 20 minutes. Apply some dishwashing liquid directly on the stained area and let it soak for a few minutes. Launder your clothes as usual.
How to remove wax stains from clothes
Place ice cubes on the wax so that it freezes. Allow it to dry completely. Use a blunt knife to scrape off as much wax as you can. Put blotting paper over the wax and run a hot iron over it. This will make the wax melt. Apply a stain remover directly on to the wax-stained area and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Use bleach on the area if the garment is white, or use color bleach for colored garments. Use the hottest water setting for laundering the garment. You can also choose to hand wash the garment instead.
How to remove chewing gum from clothes
Take an ice cube and run it over the chewing gum so that it freezes completely. Once it has frozen, the gum stain will harden, and it will be that much easier to remove it. Take a blunt knife and scrape it off your clothes. If there is any residue of gum left on your clothes, squirt some hand washing liquid directly over it. Use a toothbrush to work the soap into the gum stain. Scrape away at the gum again using a blunt knife. Put your garment for laundering as usual, and the gum stain will be removed entirely from your clothes.
How to remove glue from clothes
Firstly, allow the glue to dry up completely before working on it. If you work on it while it is wet, it might spread further. Use a blunt knife to remove the top layers of the glue as much as possible. There will still be some glue remaining. Soak the garment in cold water for a few hours (do not use hot water). Apply laundry detergent directly to the stained glue portion and rub it in gently, massaging it. Launder your clothes, as usual, using warm water instead of hot water.
How to remove nail polish from clothes
Remove as much excess nail polish as possible by blotting it with a clean, dry cloth or paper towels. Place the garment on top of cardboard or old cloth. Apply acetone directly to the nail polish stained area with a sponge or cotton balls. Keep doing this until you’ve obliterated the stain. Rinse the clothes under cold water immediately. Launder your clothes, as usual, using good quality laundry detergent and warm water settings. Allow the clothes to dry only after the nail polish stain has been removed completely.
How to remove urine stains from clothes
Fill a large bucket with water and add some white vinegar to the water. You can use cold or hot water depending upon the kind of garment you are washing. Place the urine stained garment into this solution and allow it to soak for about 45 minutes before removing it. Launder your clothes as usual. Allow the clothes to naturally air dry. If some stain remains, add half a cup of apple cider vinegar to your wash and launder your clothes again as usual. Air dry your clothes after it has been washed.
How to remove mustard stains from clothes
Scrape off as much mustard as you can using a blunt knife. Be careful to not spread the stain further, instead, use a flicking motion to scrape off the excess mustard. Create a cleaning solution of water, three parts of liquid dishwashing soap, and one part rubbing alcohol. Place the mustard-stained clothes into this solution and allow it to soak for about 10 minutes. Be careful and watch the time as you do not want to leave it in the solution for too long. Rinse out the mustard-stained area completely using hot water. Launder your clothes as usual.
How to remove feces from clothes
Scrape off any excess material from your clothes. Make sure you do not spread the stain further. Wear protective gloves while doing this step. Create a mixture of 1 quart of water, 1 tablespoon ammonia and a few squirts of dishwashing liquid. Soak your stained garment in this solution for 15 minutes. Remove the clothes and rub at the stain gently to loosen the particles from the fabric. Soak it in the solution for another 15 minutes. Rinse the clothes under cold water. Soak the stained area in enzyme product for another 30 minutes. Launder your clothes with oxygen bleach and dry naturally.
How to remove shoe polish from clothes
Use a dull knife to lift off as much stain as you can. Do not rub, as this will spread the stain even further. Pour a mixture of water and a heavy duty laundry detergent directly on the stained area and work it into the fabric using a soft bristled brush. Allow it to sit for 15 minutes. Rinse off the stained area by turning the garment inside out and flushing it under hot water. Launder your garment in the hottest water setting. Add oxygen-based bleach into cold water and submerge the garment into it for a few hours. Wash as usual.
How to remove ketchup stains from clothes
Using a blunt knife, scrape off as much excess ketchup as you can without spreading it further on to the garment. Turn the garment inside out and flush out the ketchup stain using cold water only. Hot water will simply deposit the stain further into the clothes. Pour liquid laundry detergent directly on the stain and work it in using circular motions. Use white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide directly on the stain using a sponge. If some stain remains, rub detergent on the stained area and soak in hot water for 30 minutes, then launder as usual.
How to remove crayon stains from clothes
Use a dull knife to scrape off excess crayon from your garment. Scrape off most of the solid portions from the clothes. Apply some dishwashing soap directly on the stained area and work it in with your fingers. The dishwashing soap will fight against the oily waxy crayon and help to break them down. Run the fabric under hot water to remove as much crayon stains as you can. Launder your clothes under the hottest water setting which your garment can handle. Air dry your clothes instead of using the dryer as this can cause any remaining stain to get set in. Repeat the process if required.
How to remove turmeric stains from clothes
Using a clean spoon, remove as much turmeric as you can from the clothes. Pour some baking soda or baby powder over the stain generously. This will absorb most of the liquid and make it easier for you to remove. Flush out the stain under cold water and blot it with a clean towel. Do not rub at the stain. Pour detergent directly on the stain and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Wash the garment in hot water. Dry the garment in direct sunlight. If the garment is white, you can add bleach while laundering the garment.
How to remove peanut butter from clothes
Remove as much peanut butter as possible using a spoon or a blunt knife. Apply a stain remover or a heavy duty laundry detergent directly on the peanut butter stained clothes. Rub the stain into the fabric using a soft bristled brush. Let it soak for about 15 minutes in a mixture of water and laundry detergent. Launder your clothes in the hottest water setting that the garment can handle. Check the stained area; if some stain remains, repeat the process again. If the stain is gone, dry your clothes naturally.
How to remove soy sauce from clothes
Blot up the excess soy sauce from your clothes using paper towels or a clean, dry cloth. Create a solution of 1-quart warm water, ½ teaspoon liquid detergent, and 1 teaspoon white vinegar. Mix it well. Soak the soy sauce stained area of your garment in this solution for 15 minutes. Flush out the area with cold water. You can turn the garment inside out so that the force of the water forces the stain out of the fabric. Dip a clean sponge into rubbing alcohol and blot the soy sauce stained area with this. Launder the clothes as usual.
How to remove beer stains from clothes
Create a solution made of warm water, 1 tablespoon white vinegar and ½ teaspoon detergent. Mix it well and add the garment into this solution. Let it soak for about 15 minutes. Pour some rubbing alcohol on a clean sponge and start blotting up the stain with this. Wash off the sponge with soap and water if the sponge gets dirty and continue the process. In a quart of warm water, mix a tablespoon of enzyme cleaner and soak the garment for half an hour. Launder the garment as usual with hot water, and add some oxygen bleach to it.
How to remove iodine stains from clothes
Blot up as much iodine as possible using paper towels. Use cold water to flush out the stain immediately. Add ¼ teaspoon dishwashing liquid into a cup of warm water. Apply this solution directly on stain, and then blot it with a clean, dry cloth. Keep applying the cleaning solution and then blotting it continuously. Be patient and continue the process till all the stain has lifted off the garment. Place a few layers of white paper towels, then weigh them down with some weights, leaving them overnight. Use a vacuum cleaner over the stained area the next morning.
How to remove perfume stains from clothes
Turn the garment inside out and use cold water or soda water to flush out the stain from the fabric. Pour a few drops of dishwashing liquid directly to the front and the back of the stained area on the garment and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Rinse out with cold water. In 1 liter of water, add 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. Soak the area for 15 minutes, and then launder as usual. If the fabric is white, you can use hydrogen peroxide to blot up the stained area, and then launder as usual.
How to remove berries stains from clothes
Remove any excess berry from the garment and flush out the area with cold water. Turn the garment inside out when doing this. Sponge the stained area of the clothes with lemon juice, and flush it out with cold water once again. Place the stained area of the garment in direct sunlight. The UV rays will help break down the enzymes and make the stain easier to treat. If some stain remains, soak it in laundry detergent overnight, then launder the clothes as usual. If the fabric is white, you can add some bleach to the laundry cycle.
How to remove vomit stains from clothes
Scrape off as much material as you can from the garment. It is best to work very quickly. Flush out the stain with warm water. The force of the water would be enough to remove most of the stains and make it easier for you to treat. Soak the garment in some launder detergent and hot water. Apply baking soda generously over the stained area and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Apply white vinegar over this and work in the mixture using a soft toothbrush. Launder your clothes as usual.
How to remove milk stains from clothes
Soak the stained garment in cold water for 10 minutes. Rub some laundry detergent over the stained area and allow it to soak in room temperature water for half an hour. Every few minutes, rub the stained area with your fingers to loosen up the milk residue and make it easier to treat. Rinse out the fabric completely. If you find any stain remaining, apply a heavy-duty detergent over the stain and let it sit for 7 minutes before laundering your clothes as usual. Check if the stain has been fully removed before drying your clothes off.
How to remove baby formula from clothes
Fill up a large bucket with cold water and oxygen-based bleach. Soak the stained clothes into this for a few hours. Rub the stained area of the garment with your fingers or using a soft bristled brush. Launder your clothes, as usual, using strong laundry detergent. Avoid using hot water to initially treat the stain, as it will set in the stain even further into the clothes. Repeat the process a few times till the stain is completely removed from the clothes.