Get stains out of clothes with these tricks

By: Hailey | Last updated February 15, 2019
hand showing stain on white shirt washing machines

Everybody has their tricks up their sleeve when it comes to getting stains out. There are so many solutions out there, that it is hard to know which one really works and which one is just an old wife’s tale.

Here are some common stains and how to get rid of them with some tested, guaranteed to work tips:

Grass stains. You’re going to confront with this problem at least once in your lifetime or more, if you spend a lot of time in nature. One easy way to remove grass stains is to use toothpaste and a toothbrush. Apply the toothpaste (not gel) on the stain, dip the toothbrush in water and start scrubbing. Rinse afterwards. Another solution is to put rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) or even white vinegar, although the latter might not be that effective.

Red wine. As much as we all enjoy a nice glass of red wine every now and then, we hate equally or even more to see our favorite outfits ruined by a red wine stain. But don’t panic, all is not lost yet! Club soda can be a miraculous stain remover, especially in combination with salt. Pour club soda on the red wine stain and then add salt. After a few minutes, remove the salt, which by then would have soaked most of the wine. Wash the item just like you would normally do, but try to do it as soon as possible, while the stain is still fresh.

Blood. We’re not going to refer to a particular scenario, but hey, it happens! Blood stains can be removed with salt too. Another way to go, is to use hydrogen peroxide and a third option would be milk, which seems to work even on older blood stains. For milk to be effective, you have to wait for a couple of hours and only then wash your item.

Oil. Whether it is cooking oil, engine grease, etc., this one’s indeed on of the most feared types of stains, because it is usually very difficult to remove. Oils tend to quickly and deeply embed into the fabric. That is why it is best to act while the stain is still fresh, if you want to have more chances to remove it. You will need some white blackboard chalk and to apply it from the center of stain outward. Liquid dish detergent might do the trick too, if you can’t find any chalk. Once you cover the entire stain, quickly wash the item.

Deodorant stains.  If you’re not using a special deodorant, the ‘no stain, invisible’ one, expect to deal with deodorant stains around the armpits, sooner or later. It can happen to anyone. Here’s a quick trick to fix the problem: white vinegar. Use a 2:1 solution and let it soak overnight.

Baking soda is also good for those yellow stains on your white clothes. Let it soak overnight and then in the morning, also add white vinegar.

By: Hailey | Last updated February 15, 2019