If you’re anything like me, you can’t wear white because you’ll stain whatever garment you’re wearing within the first five minutes of it being on your body. Clothes in general are just hard if you’re a clutz. My biggest offenders are usually (always) coffee, food stains, or ink. I drew the line about a week ago when I stained my new white blouse (that I got for 50 percent off) with coffee, and even though I got most of it out, there’s still a vague little outline on it, staring at me, whispering, “Look what you’ve done to me.”
Enough. Enough of this. Follow the tips below to rid your clothes of these common stains for good.
1. For Coffee Stains
According to Good Housekeeping, the way to get coffee stains out of your clothes is to sponge the stain with cool water or soak the garment in cool water for 30 minutes. They recommend pre-treating the stain with stain remover, and then washing it as you normally would. Martha Stewart’s site recommends rubbing the stain with ice and a towel behind the fabric of the shirt to absorb the stain. If that doesn’t work, they recommend dabbing white vinegar on the stain with a cotton swab.
2. For Ink Stains
Real Simple recommends dabbing the ink stain with glycerin or hair spray on a cotton swab. Next, mix cold water with a mild laundry detergent and use a cotton swab rub the mixture onto the garment. Then, wash the garment on a cold cycle with enzyme-based detergent.
3. For Blood Stains
For a fresh stain, Good Housekeeping recommends applying Hydrogen Peroxide directly on the stain with an eye dropper. If the stain is dry, they suggest you “brush the stain well to remove the surface deposits, then pretreat or soak in cool water with a laundry product containing enzymes.”
4. For Red Wine Stains
According to Apartment Therapy, the best way to get rid of a red wine stain is to use paper towels to absorb as much of the liquid as possible (if the stain is fresh). Next, spread salt liberally all over the stain, and let it sit for a while. Then wash with cold water and detergent. If salt doesn’t do the trick, try using club soda. If neither work, amp up the treatment by mixing hydrogen peroxide with laundry detergent, applying it to the stain liberally and letting it sit.
5. For Sweat Stains (On White T-Shirts)
Good Housekeeping suggests rubbing an enzyme-heavy detergent on the stain and letting it sit for 15 minutes. Then, “wash with a full dose of enzyme-bleach alternative detergent in the hottest water that’s fabric safe.”
6. For Makeup Stains
Few stains are more annoying than the infamous foundation stain. One second you’re hugging someone and the next, their foundation is imprinted on your collar. According to Popsugar, shaving cream is the secret formula. They also suggest mixing in a drop of alcohol if the shaving cream isn’t enough to do the job on its own. Wash the garment regularly afterwards.
7. For Berry Stains
To get rid of berry juice stains, mix white vinegar with liquid laundry detergent. Good Housekeeping says to soak the stain in the mix for 15 minutes and then wash the garment in chlorine bleach if it’s safe for the fabric.
8. For Grass Stains
According to Hhgregg, use a sponge soaked in rubbing alcohol and let the garment air dry. Then, rinse under cold water and apply a liquid detergent directly onto the stain. Let it air dry one more time before washing it regularly with the rest of your load. If that doesn’t work, try applying a mixture of warm water and vinegar onto the stain and then washing the garment with your regular load.
9. For Tomato Sauce Stains
The Huffington Post suggests running cold water and a dab of dish soap on the stain. Rub both sides of the fabric together to lather the soap and dissolve the stain as much as possible, and rinse the soap off.
10. For Melted Wax Stains
Put your garment in the freezer to freeze the wax, then use a dull knife to scrape it off as much as you can. Put it to wash as you regularly would. Then, if you have residue, Real Simple suggests ironing the back of the section with the wax on a sheet of wax paper. The wax should melt off onto the wax paper.
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