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An Index to Stain Removal

Removing Alcohol Stains

Stain Removal Step 1.

Rinse the alcohol stain thoroughly from the back of the clothing with cold water.

Stain Removal Step 2.

Use a liquid detergent and rub gently into the alcohol stain. Allow the detergent to stand on the alcohol stain for at least 5 minutes.

Stain Removal Step 3.

Rinse the stained area thoroughly.

Stain Removal Step 4.

Wash according to the clothing directions.

Stain Removal Step 5.

If the alcohol stain still remains, soak in cold water with a liquid laundry detergent for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

Stain Removal Step 6.

If traces of the alcohol stain remain, apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray and let stand for 5 minutes.

Stain Removal Step 7.

Wash according to clothing directions.

 

Stain Removal for Baby Food Stains

Stain Removal Step 1.

Remove as much excess food as possible with a dull knife or spoon.

Stain Removal Step 2.

Use a liquid detergent and rub gently into the stain.

Stain Removal Step 3.

Allow the detergent to stand on the stain for at least 5 minutes.

Stain Removal Step 4.

Soak the stain in cold water for 10-15 minutes or until the stain becomes more loosened. Every three to five minutes rub the stained area between your thumb and forefinger.

Stain Removal Step 5.

Rinse thoroughly.

Stain Removal Step 6.

Repeat until no more stain can be removed.

Stain Removal Tips

If the garment is white apply lemon juice and set in sunlight to dry.

Stain Removal for Baked Beans

Stain Removal Step 1.

Remove as much of the excess beans as possible from the fabric.

Stain Removal Step 2.

Run cold water through the back of the stain as quickly as possible. This will force the stain back out through the fabric.

Stain Removal Step 3.

Rub a liquid detergent into the stained portion of the fabric. Work it in gently.

Stain Removal Step 4.

If the garment is white, or you have tested it for colourfastness, apply a mild bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar with a sponge. You can also use lemon juice on white fabrics. Rinse well.

Stain Removal Step 5.

Repeat with detergent followed by mild bleaching agent until the stain no longer appears.

Stain Removal Step 6.

Apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray and allow it to sit for at least 5 minutes.

Stain Removal Step 7.

Launder with detergent. Before drying double check the stain.

Stain Removal Step 8.

If the stain remains, rub detergent into the stain and soak in warm water for 30 minutes. Rinse well.

Stain Removal Step 9.

If the stain remains, apply stain remover stick, gel, or spray and launder according to directions

 

Barbecue Sauce Stain Removal

Remove as much of the excess barbecue sauce as possible from the fabric.

Stain Removal Step 2.

Run cold water through the back of the stain as quickly as possible. This will force the stain back out through the fabric.

Stain Removal Step 3.

Rub a liquid detergent into the stained portion of the fabric. Work it in gently.

Stain Removal Step 4.

If the garment is white, or you have tested it for colourfastness, apply a mild bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar with a sponge. You can also use lemon juice on white fabrics. Rinse well.

Stain Removal Step 5.

Repeat with detergent followed by mild bleaching agent until the stain no longer appears.

Stain Removal Step 6.

Apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray and allow it to sit for at least 5 minutes. Stain Removal Step 7.

Launder with detergent. Before drying double check the stain.

Stain Removal Step 8.

If the stain remains, rub detergent into the stain and soak in warm water for 30 minutes. Rinse well.

Stain Removal Step 9.

If the stain remains, apply stain remover stick, gel, or spray and launder according to directions.

Beer Stain Removal

Removing Beer Stains

Stain Removal Step 1.

Rinse the beer stain thoroughly from the back of the clothing with cold water.

Stain Removal Step 2.

Use a liquid detergent mixed with cold water and pour onto the beer stain. Allow the detergent to stand on the alcohol stain for at least 5 minutes.

Stain Removal Step 3.

Rinse the stained area thoroughly.

Stain Removal Step 4.

If the beer stain is really set in, you can try blotting the stained area with a 1 part vinegar/2 parts water mixture. Vinegar will bleach clothing though, so you'll want to rinse this out immediately and thoroughly with warm water.

Stain Removal Step 5.

Wash according to the clothing directions.

Stain Removal for Dried Berries

A little spot of strawberry shortcake on your skirt not noticed until laundry day can be annoying, but can it be removed after it's dried at the bottom of the hamper?

Stain Removal Step 1.

Mix one tablespoon of water with 3 tablespoons of Borax and spread it onto the stain.

Stain Removal Step 2.

Let the garment sit for 15-20 minutes, then rinse well.

Stain Removal Step 3.

Rub liquid detergent into the berry stain.

Stain Removal Step 4.

Let it stand for at least 5 minutes before rinsing hot water through the back of the stain over the sink. Making the water as hot as you can will force the stain back out through the fabric.

Stain Removal Step 5.

Apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray, and wash regularly with liquid detergent.

Stain Removal Step 6.

If the stain remains and the garment is white, or you have tested it for colourfastness, use a mild bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar. You can also use lemon juice. Use a sponge to apply. Rinse well. Allowing the item to dry in the sun can increase the bleaching effect.

Stain Removal Step 7.

Apply stain remover stick, gel, or spray again and rewash with liquid detergent

Stain Removal for Fresh Berries

Stain Removal Step 1.

Treat this stain as soon as possible for the best results. Use a spoon or the back of a knife to remove the excess berries.

Stain Removal Step 2.

Rinse the remaining area thoroughly with cold water.

Stain Removal Step 3.

Rub liquid detergent gently into the stain.

Stain Removal Step 4.

Let it stand for at least 5 minutes before rinsing hot water through the back of the stain over the sink. Making the water as hot as you can will force the stain back out through the fabric.

Stain Removal Step 5.

Apply a stain removal stick, gel, or spray and wash regularly with liquid detergent.

Stain Removal Step 6.

If the stain remains and the garment is white, or you have tested it for colourfastness, use a mild bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar.

You can also use lemon juice. Use a sponge to apply. Rinse thoroughly.

Stain Removal Step 7.

Apply stain remover stick, gel, or spray again and rewash with liquid detergent.

Stain Removal Tip: If you can’t get to the stain right away, try sprinkling salt on the affected area. The salt will help absorb the stain until you can treat

Stain Removal for Margarine

Margarine can be added to almost any meal at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Butter stains cause oily discoloration on our clothes. Be sure to wash any stained clothing in the hottest water that is still safe for the clothing.

Stain Removal Step 1.

Remove as much excess margarine as possible with a dull knife or spoon.

Stain Removal Step 2.

Apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray and let stand for several minutes to allow it to go completely through the fabric.

Stain Removal Step 3.

Use liquid detergent to rub through the stained areas of the fabric.

Stain Removal Step 4.

Allow the garment to sit for a 3-5 minutes.

Stain Removal Step 5.

Wash in the hottest water that is still safe for the fabric.

Caramel Stain Removal Stain Removal for Caramel

Stain Removal Step 1.

Treat stain as soon as possible. Use a dull knife to remove the excess caramel.

Stain Removal Step 2.

Rinse the stained area thoroughly with cold water.

Stain Removal Step 3.

Rub liquid detergent into the stain.

Stain Removal Step 4.

Let it stand for at least 5 minutes before rinsing hot water through the back of the stain over the sink. Making the water as hot as you can will force the stain out.

Stain Removal Step 5.

Apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray, and wash regularly with liquid detergent.

Stain Removal Step 6.

If the stain remains and the garment is white, or you have tested it for colourfastness, use a mild bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar. You can also use lemon juice.

Use a sponge to apply. Rinse thoroughly.

Stain Removal Step 7.

Apply stain remover stick, gel, or spray again and rewash with liquid detergent.

Dried Caramel

Stain Removal Step 1.

Mix 1 tablespoon of water with 3 tablespoons of Borax and spread it onto the stain liberally.

Stain Removal Step 2.

Let the garment sit for 15-20 minutes, then rinse.

Stain Removal Step 3.

Rub liquid detergent into the stain.

Stain Removal Step 4.

Let it stand for at least 5 minutes before rinsing hot water through the back of the stain over the sink. Making the water as hot as you can will force the stain out.

Stain Removal Step 5.

Apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray, and wash regularly with liquid detergent.

Stain Removal Step 6.

If the stain remains and the garment is white, or you have tested it for colorfastness, use a mild bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar. You can also use lemon juice. Use a sponge to apply. Rinse thoroughly. Allowing the item to dry in the sun can increase the bleaching effect.

Stain Removal Step 7.

Apply stain remover stick, gel, or spray again and rewash with liquid detergent.

Chalk Stains

Removing Chalk Stains

Shake the clothing outdoors to remove as much of the chalk as possible.

If the chalk stain still remains, lay the clothing on a clean white towel and blot with rubbing alcohol. Rinse thoroughly.

Rub liquid laundry detergent into the stain and wash according to the directions of the label.

Stain Removal for Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise finds its way into many recipes, making it a likely candidate to stain our clothing. With its combination of eggs and oil, it requires several steps to make sure a greasy remnant of the stain won't be left after washing.

Stain Removal Step 1.

Remove as much excess mayo as possible with a dull knife or spoon.

Stain Removal Step 2.

Apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray and let stand for several minutes to allow it to go completely through the fabric.

Stain Removal Step 3.

Use liquid detergent to rub through the stained fabric.

Stain Removal Step 4.

Allow the garment to sit for 3-5 minutes.

Stain Removal Step 5.

Wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric. Check clothing tags to determine what temperature the clothing can be washed in.

Adhesive, Glue, and Sticker Stains

Removing Adhesive, Glue, and Sticker Stains

Stickers

Use an ice cube to freeze the stain. Use a spoon to scrape away as much of the adhesive residue as possible. Repeat with the ice cube and spoon until no more can be removed.

Blot the stained area with baby or cooking oil until the residue loosens. Use a spoon to scrape as much of the residue as you can away. Rinse the stained area thoroughly.

Treat the area with a stain remover stick, spray, or gel. Wash according to the clothing instructions.

Water-based Glues and Adhesives

Use a spoon to remove as much of the excess stain as you can.

Rub petroleum jelly directly into the stain. Gently rub and remove the glue pieces from the fabric. To remove the petroleum jelly, rub dishwashing liquid into the stained area and rinse thoroughly in warm water.

Continue repeating and removing the glue until no more remains.

Wash in the hottest water that the clothing can safely tolerate.

Removing Ink Stains

Ink Stains

Ink stains fall into a few different categories. Water based ink stains are easier to remove and include markers that are available in different colors. Permanent ink stains can present a much tougher challenge and include permanent highliters and markers.

Water Based Ink Stains

Lay the stained area on top of a clean dry white towel. Apply water to the ink stain and blot with another clean white cloth, removing the stain as you blot.

Apply your normal liquid laundry detergent onto the ink stain and allow the garment to sit for 3-5 minutes.

Wash in the warmest water that the fabric can tolerate.

Before drying, double check to make sure the ink stain was removed, if not, repeat the previous steps until it is.

Permanent Ink Stains

It’s important to remember that permanent inks and markers represent some of the most difficult stains to remove.

If a permanent ink stain happens on a fabric or pattern that cannot be bleached, it will be difficult to impossible to remove. You can try and you might get lucky, but don’t hold you’re breath for too long.

The first solution to try is rubbing alcohol. Place the clothing on top of a clean white towel. Be sure to test in a hidden spot before applying rubbing alcohol to the permanent ink stain. Blot rubbing alcohol onto the stain. The towel underneath will become wet and discoloured from the ink. Be sure to move the garment to a clean dry section of the towel as this happens. Continue until no more ink stain can be removed. Make sure you rinse the stained area completely free of the rubbing alcohol.

Next try fingernail polish remover. Blot in the same way as you did with the rubbing alcohol, moving the stained area to a clean dry section of a towel as the ink stain is removed. Rinse thoroughly.

As a last resort, you can try acetone, although this doesn’t do well with a lot of fabric types and cannot be used on acetate and rayon fabrics. Test first in a hidden spot. Apply the acetone in the same way as the rubbing alcohol and fingernail polish remover. Remember to rinse thoroughly.

Next, try rubbing baking soda mixed with water into the ink stain. Rinse thoroughly.

Apply a stain stick, gel, or spray to the ink stain and wash according to the fabric directions.

If the ink stain still remains after washing, try repeating the baking soda step again before rewashing and drying.

Ballpoint Ink Stains

Lay the stained area on top of a clean dry white towel. Apply rubbing alcohol to the ink stain and blot with another clean white cloth, removing the stain as you blot. Rinse thoroughly.

Lay the stained area on top of a clean dry white towel. Apply nail polish remover to the ink stain and blot with another clean white cloth, removing the stain as you blot. Rinse thoroughly.

Apply your normal liquid laundry detergent onto the ink stain and allow the garment to sit for 3-5 minutes.

Wash in the warmest water that the fabric can tolerate.

Before drying, double check to make sure the stain was removed. If not, repeat the previous steps until it is.

Ketchup Stain Removal

Stain Removal Step 1.

Remove as much of the excess ketchup as possible from the fabric.

Stain Removal Step 2.

Run cold water through the back of the stain as quickly as possible. This will force the stain back out through the fabric.

Stain Removal Step 3.

Rub a liquid detergent into the stained portion of the fabric. Work it in gently.

Stain Removal Step 4.

If the garment is white, or you have tested it for colourfastness, apply a mild bleaching agent like hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar with a sponge. You can also use lemon juice on white fabrics. Rinse well.

Stain Removal Step 5.

Repeat with detergent followed by mild bleaching agent until the stain no longer appears.

Stain Removal Step 6.

Apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray and allow it to sit for at least 5 minutes.

Stain Removal Step 7.

Launder with detergent. Before drying double check the stain.

Stain Removal Step 8.

If the stain remains, rub detergent into the stain and soak in warm water for 30 minutes. Rinse well.

Stain Removal Step 9.

If the stain remains, apply stain remover stick, gel, or spray and launder according to directions.

Red Wine Stain Removal

Removing Red Wine Stains

Stain Removal Step 1.

Pour cold water onto the stained area as quickly as possible.

Stain Removal Step 2.

Blot with a cloth and sprinkle salt onto the red wine stain. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes.

Stain Removal Step 3.

Rinse with cold water while rubbing out the red wine stain.

Stain Removal Step 4.

Repeat steps 1-3 until no more red wine stain can be removed.

Stain Removal Step 5.

Rub with liquid laundry detergent and allow to stand for several minutes before rinsing thoroughly with cold water.

Stain Removal Step 6.

Apply a spot stain remover stick, spray, or gel and wash according to clothing directions with liquid laundry detergent.

Tea Stain Removal

Removing Tea Stains

Stain Removal Step 1.

Rinse the tea stain thoroughly from the back of the clothing with cold water. Try to rinse out as much of the stain as you can.

Stain Removal Step 2.

Use a liquid detergent and rub gently into the tea stain. Allow the detergent to stand on the tea stain for at least 5 minutes. If the stain is old or dry, rub the tea stain with detergent, and allow to soak in cold water for 30 minutes.

Stain Removal Step 3.

Rinse the stained area thoroughly.

Stain Removal Step 4.

If traces of the tea stain remain, rub liquid laundry detergent into the tea stain and soak in warm water for 10-15 minutes.

Stain Removal Step 5.

If traces of the tea stain remain, apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray and let stand for 5 minutes.

Stain Removal Step 6.

Wash according to clothing directions

Stain Removal for Cooking Oil and Vegetable Oil

Fried foods may pose a risk for our health, but cooking and vegetable oil and their greasy residue can pose a pretty big hazard to our clothing. They key to getting out oily and greasy stains is to wash clothing in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric.

Stain Removal Step 1.

Remove as much excess oil as possible with a dull knife or spoon.

Stain Removal Step 2.

Apply 3-5 minutes to allow it to go completely through the fabric.

Stain Removal Step 3.

Use liquid detergent to rub through the stained fabric.

Stain Removal Step 4.

Allow the garment to sit for a few minutes.

Stain Removal Step 5.

Wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric. Check tags to determine what water temperature to use for washing.

Vomit Stain Removal

Removing Vomit Stains

Vomit Stains On Fabric

Use a spoon to remove as much of the vomit stain as possible.

Rinse with cold water from the back of the stained areas.

Mix ¼ cup of ammonia with 1 cup of warm water and sponge the back of the vomit stain area. Rinse thoroughly.

Soak with liquid laundry detergent and warm sudsy water for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Rinse thoroughly and apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray to the vomit stain. Let sit for 3-5 minutes.

Wash according to the directions.

Vomit Stains On Carpet

Use a spoon to remove as much of the vomit stain as possible.

Pour club soda or cold water onto the vomit stain. Let it stand for 30 seconds.

Blot the vomit stain with a clean dry cloth, soaking up the stain. Replace the cloth as it becomes wet.

Repeat until no more vomit stain will come up.

Treat the area with a carpet spot stain remover according to its directions. Look for a carpet stain remover with enzymes. Many stain removers for pet carpet stains will be a good choice.

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