Discovering that your favorite shirt has a giant stain on it is one of the most disappointing feelings, ever. After hours of scrubbing with warm water and a toothbrush, you may think that the garment is ruined but you may not be fighting it properly. Next time you come across a stain on your clothing items, use this guide to quick ‘n easy stain removal!
Blood: It may sound gross, but your own saliva is the best way to remove blood from your clothing. If that does not work, soak the item in warm water after you applied peroxide to the stain and then proceed to wash as normal.
Chocolate: Rub detergent into the stain with cold water then wash in hot water. If the stain persists, treat the stain face down with a sponge and a pretreat product.
Coffee: Create a mixture of half a tablespoon white vinegar and two cups of cold water. Apply the mixture to the coffee stain and watch if vanish.
Deodorant: The best way to remove deodorant stains is by combing a few drops of vinegar and half a teaspoon of dish detergent into a half-cup of water. Press the mixture into the deodorant stain with a rag, flush with water and blot; Repeat this process till the stain disappears.
Grass: Place the stain face down on a paper towel and blot with rubbing alcohol if it is safe for the fabric. If you can not use bleach on the material, rub the stain with dish detergent and allow it to soak in cold water before washing it in hot water.
Gum: Freeze the gum right off of your clothing by applying an ice cube to the affected area – The gum will fall right off in a matter of minutes!
Ink: If you are wondering how to remove ink stains, the answer is simple: Massage hairspray into the stain and then rinse with cool water.
Ketchup & Other Tomato Products: Before doing anything, you will need to soak the tomato stain in cold water for at least 30 minutes. When the time is up, rub dish detergent to the area and then proceed to wash in warm water as normal.
Lipstick: Rub the lipstick with a bar of ivory soap and rinse.
Makeup: To remove stains caused by makeup, pretreat the stain with a normal laundry detergent and then wash. If safe for the fabric, you may want to pretreat with rubbing alcohol as well.
Red Wine: The best way to fight red wine stains is with white wine! If you do not have any on hand, sprinkle the stain with salt and then wash immediately.
Sweat: Apply a mixture of baking soda and water to the stain and then throw it in the wash. You can also try simply soaking the garment in salt water for an hour or two.
If the stains ever need to be pretreated, here is an awesome DIY pretreat recipe: 1 cup of water, half a cup of peroxide and half a cup of baking soda. This homemade solution will work just as well as an expensive store-bought version!