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6 Common Clothing Stains And Quick Ways To Remove Them

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1. Oil and grease stains

Greasy foods are delicious, messy and drip on your clothes despite your best efforts to contain them while eating them. These stains are easy to come by and tricky to remove but not an impossibility. There are several ways you can remove oil from your clothes. At times using water and laundry detergent applied to the stain before throwing it in the wash will clear it up. The stain however could be more stubborn and in that case there are more options.

common clothing stains. woman eating bruschetta
Image by Adrienn

What you’ll need

  • paper towel
  • liquid soap
  • tooth brush
  • vinegar
  • baking soda
  • cold water

What to do

Method one

If it’s a recent stain blot it with a dry paper towel to remove excess.

Lay your garment on a counter top or flat surface and pour the liquid soap to the stain.

Rub it in with your finger until the stain is fully coated.

Sprinkle a little baking soda onto the soaped up stain is until it’s coated and scrub it into the fabric using a toothbrush.

Once the combination of liquid detergent and baking soda forms a paste, let it sit for an hour.

Rinse your garment in cold water and toss in washing machine, make sure the stain is out before putting it in dryer.

Method two

Apply liquid soap on the stain.

Add cold water and scrub with tooth brush to remove the stain.

Rinse the garment with white vinegar.

2. Sweat stains
how to remove sweat stains . tired plump ethnic woman in gym with towel
Image by Andres Ayrton

As some might refer to it as armpit tears or fondly armpit juice is a healthy release for the body but not so much for your favorite clothing. Once the pit stains cling you might be tempted to toss your shirt or dress, there’s no need to be rash. The solution is simple and in your home to wipe away the unsightly stains.

What you’ll need

  • Small bowl
  • Cold water
  • Vinegar – can be substituted with hydrogen peroxide or baking soda and water

What to do

Mix one cup water and quarter cup in the small bowl.

Pour mixture on the stain or submerge garment in it.

Allow it to soak for thirty minutes.

Rinse and check if the stain is out. If it is then put it in the washer and dryer.

3. Grass stains

As an outdoorsy person going out on a picnic, hike or you play a sport that involves grassy fields, getting grass stains are common. They are hard to remove because grass stains are categorized as dye stains that contain carotenoids, chlorophyll and xanthophyll. These cause stains to bind to the cloth fibers, especially cotton.

how to remove grass stains in clothes. woman in dress reading book lying in grass
Image by joao Guerreiro

What you’ll need

  • White vinegar
  • Small bowl
  • Detergent
  • Baking soda
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Rag/ towel
  • Cold water
  • Toothbrush

What to do

Method one

Pour a cup of white vinegar in a small bowl then pour mixture on the stain.

Soak the garment for thirty minutes.

Rinse out and see if any stain remains. If it’s gone put in washer.

Method two

Dip rag/towel in rubbing alcohol and dab the stain.

Mix baking soda and detergent.

Apply mixture on the stain and let it sit for thirty minutes.

Rub it in with toothbrush.

Put the garment in the washer and use cold water cycle.

Method three

If the stain is older, baking soda and water paste then rub it in with a tooth brush.

Let it sit for fifteen minutes then wash.

4. Blood Stains
blood stain on white towel
Image by Karolina Grabowska

Cuts to grazes, bouts of nosebleeds, raw foods such as beef and menstrual blood are ways you can get blood stains on your clothes. Blood falls under the protein stain category which makes them a challenge to get rid of. The most effective way to remove blood stains is to treat them as quickly as possible.

What you’ll need

  • Cold water
  • A bar of soap
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Ammonia
  • Enzyme based detergent

What to do

Method one

Rinse the stain with cold water. Hot water causes stains to set.

Soak the garment in a mixture of cold water and detergent for ten to fifteen minutes.

If the stain traces are still present, spot treat them with ammonia, enzyme-based detergent or hydrogen peroxide.

Tip- Test products on a hidden area of your clothing to test for compatibility. An example is synthetic fibers don’t react very well with hydrogen peroxide and often result in a yellow tinge or stain.

Method two

Rinse the stain with cold water.

Use a bar of soap to wash off the stain.

After rinsing it off, soak the stain in a small amount of hydrogen and ammonia.

Method three

In the case of dried blood stains, use the pre wash cycle with warm water and enzyme based detergent.

If you don’t have a pre wash cycle, soak the clothing of enzyme based detergent and warm water for thirty minutes.

Follow with a regular wash cycle.

5. Coffee stains
woman in white dress shirt using white laptop computer
Image by Andrea Piacquadio

As a hot or cold coffee drinker, you’ve probably spilled some on yourself accidentally. Coffee stains fall under tannin stains which are difficult to remove because of the temperature of the spill and added substances in the beverage. The variety of add-ons that could impact cleaning are milk, cream or it could be decaffeinated brand that also have artificial coloring which could make it even tougher to remove. When hot coffee is spilled on your garments the heat of the beverage opens up fibers and penetrates through the fabric.

What you’ll need

  • Warm water
  • White vinegar
  • Liquid detergent
  • Water
  • Paper towel
  • Cold water

What to do

Method One

Dab the stain using paper towel to remove the excess liquid.

Put it under running water and make sure it’s cold to remove the stain.

Rub liquid detergent onto the stain making sure to cover it fully.

If it doesn’t work make a solution of water, powder detergents and vinegar in equal parts forming a paste.

Cover the stain with the paste and rinse it off.

Method two

If it’s an aged stain, soak it in warm water.

Apply detergent or diluted white vinegar on the stain.

Machine wash on hottest setting that is recommended for your clothes’ fabric.

6. Red Wine Stains
women holding goblets
Image by Mwabonje

A wine hangover is bad but a red stain on your favorite white clothing is worse. Red spills stand out a lot which may cause you to panic but no need to worry; with the right cleaning tools the stain will be gone faster than your hangover.

What you’ll need

  • Salt
  • Water
  • Enzyme detergent
  • Dry towel
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Dish soap

What to do

Method one

Blot the stain using dry towel.

Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and dish soap which you will then apply onto the stain.

Allow it to soak for two minutes before repeating if the stain persists.

Method two

Blot the stain to remove excess.

Cover the stain with table salt and pour club soda on top.

Let it sit for an hour, after which you remove the salt and blot with towel.

Method three

Pour a handful of salt on the stain and let it absorb the wine until pink.

Once pink, soak garment in cool water mixed with enzyme detergent.

Leave it to soak overnight.

If the stain still remains you can now pull out the heavy duty cleaning detergent.

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