How to Remove stains from clothes

Published On: Tue Jul 16 2024

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We have all been there; you are taking your favorite drink or having the best of times outside and then you realize you have a stain on your cloth.Stains can sometimes be very hard to remove, yet having a few tips on how to go about it can be very useful especially if one is struggling to get rid of the stains on a favorite piece of clothing. In this blog we will discuss the steps to clean the 12 most usual kinds of stains that you might experience in the process of life.

1. Ink Stains

To remove ballpoint pen ink from the area you got ink on, place a paper towel under it. Next, apply some of the regular rubbing alcohol where you consider it necessary. Thus, the bigger spots might need up to 15 minutes to get soaked. Dab the blotter until you start noticing that the ink is no longer transferring onto the cloth or absorbent paper. Next, rinse with a pre-treatment, and then wash as usual in hot water if required.

You will find that removing ink from a felt-tip pen is slightly more challenging than cleaning a ballpoint pen; it is still feasible, however. It is recommended that the mark should be washed off with cold water to the last drop. Subsequently, immerse the item in hot water with the help of liquid washing detergent or soap.

You may add some ammonia as well. Pour all the ingredients together, then place the item, and softly massage where you want it. Immerse it in water for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or even longer if color will not be easy to remove. When it appears to be washed off, add some more soap and wash it.

2. Red Wine

To remove the stains caused by wine you can use some daily used household items to remove the stain. When possible, immediately absorb the spilled red wine using baking soda that has been placed on the affected region.

Alternatively you can also try using a clean piece of cloth and patting the stain area tenderly to try and soak up wine. Another thing you can do is to also use cool water to wash the stain or rinse your cloth in cool water for approximately 30 minutes. If this still does not work in eliminating the stain from your cloth then you should visit a professional dry cleaner who can use chlorine bleach during the washing of your garment if the fabric used in the making of the garment can withstand it.


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3. Grass Stains

As much as they seem so tough to remove you will now learn that grass stains really are not so tough after all. Depending on the type of grass stain it is advisable to use toothpaste if you do not have any other material compatible with the type of stain which is a household item. It is recommended to take white toothpaste and an old toothbrush to clean the stained garment with grass stains. Using a small quantity of toothpaste, apply it on the region with a stain, then rinse the region with clean water, take the used old toothbrush, dipped in water and scrub the stain. If after that, the stain is still stuck on your garment, perform the following process again. Wash the cloth as normally if the stain is not coming out, then rinse the part with water containing a little soap. Powdered and liquid based detergents that contain enzymes can also be used on garments that have been stained by grass. Sodium hypochlorite bleach or oxygen bleach can be used if it is safe to the fabric being washed.

4. Blood Stains

For fresh blood stains try to avoid hot water because it will set blood stains in your garment. Instead of hot water use cold water and soak the stain-affected cloth in it and wash. For dried blood stains use warm water with enzyme-based cleaner and soak your garment in it and wash. Bleach can also be used to remove stains. Hydrogen peroxide which is found in the drug store can be used to remove blood stains from clothes. Use 3% of hydrogen peroxide soak the stain with it and use blade, knife or fingernail to scrape away the blood stain. Soad can be used to remove blood stains when you don’t get hydrogen peroxide near you. Soak your garment in soda overnight and then wash as usual.

5. Tea Stains

If possible, wash the fabric with cold water to remove the stain as soon as possible. But just remember not to pour the water beginning at the top of the stain and going down to the bottom! Then take any old liquid soap that you can find and scrub it into the stain.Allow it to stand for at least 5 minutes. Dried stains must be washed with cold water, which may contain detergent for approximately 30 minutes. When it comes to wet tea stains, you should apply a thick layer of baking soda. The powder should take the color out of the clothes!

6. Oil Stains

Stains, especially oily ones, can be dealt with using simple shampoo or liquid dishwashing agent. Just spread the product over the affected area and massage it gently, then just let it stay for some time. Just wash it with water and then wash with your normal detergent and water. Something else you should be able to do is to rub the chalk over the oil stain and leave it for approximately 15 minutes. Bake off any of the leftover chalk dust, then wash as usual. If you find oil stains simply treat them with liquid laundry detergent before washing the clothing. After this, it is recommended to wash it using hot water and a detergent that contains enzymes in it.

7. Collar stains

For such a problem as the collar rings you don’t need some powerful stain products, using only the special laundry soap will be enough. To wash the collar using the shampoo all that is required is to damp the collar and apply some shampoo on the collar then make sure that you massage the collar so that the shampoo that you are using spreads out on the collar and leave it to soak for at least 15 to 30 minutes and then rinse it. Wash as normal after follow-up.

8. Lipstick Stains

Lipstick is almost always one of the most stubborn things to eliminate from a fabric or material. Indeed, if there is a stain on the object that is made of cashmere, wool or silk, it would be better to use a professional service. As for the lipstick, you should scrape off any more of it very gently. Next, lay down some paper towels on an ideal surface on which the ink bleeding effect is desired. Lay a paper towel on the affected area with the stained side touching the pant material. Next, it’s necessary to select a dish detergent with properties that allow it to attack grease, and apply the detergent to the back of the stain. After that, you should turn the garment with the stains facing up. Gently wash this area using a toothbrush. Rubbing alcohol may also be applied to the stain affected area. Then Wash as usual and let it dry on its own. If such a small stain is left, then it is recommended to repeat the process, and this should work.

9. Grease spots

For light grease stain apply prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent or liquid detergent booster before washing. Wash with hot water as per the care label instructions on the garment.


To remove heavy grease stains, put the stain face down on clean paper towels. It continues with the application of cleaning fluid to the back of the stain. Gently wash the area under the stain then replace paper towels with another one if necessary. Then wash using the hot water.


10. Deodorants 

Stain can be caused by using deodorants. Sometimes it can be noticed that light stains appear due to deodorants, at the same time, strong deodorants can lead to the formation of heavy stains on your garment. For such stains, pretreat the stain with liquid laundry detergent and then wash out the cloth. For cleaning of heavily stained surfaces, prewash stain remover can be applied in the area of staining and left for 5 to 10 minutes. It is also possible to wash the clothes containing deodorant stains using oxygen bleach.

11. Nail Polish

Stains caused by nail polish can be impossible to remove once they are set or dried. To remove nail polish stains soak the affected area with nail polish remover avoiding using nail polish remover on acetate or triacetate material. Lay the stain face down on a clean paper. Waste back of stain using nail polish remover. Replace paper towels frequently.  Repeat if the stain comes out after the process is done all over.

12. Paint

To remove water-based paint as soon as possible wash the fabric in hot water when the stains are still wet. But once the paint is dried it is impossible to remove from the fabric. 

To remove oil-based paint try to use the solvent that is advised on the label of the can for a thinner. If it is unavailable then you can use turpentine. You can also pretreat the affected area with prewash stain remover and laundry detergent. Then rinse and wash.


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