How to remove all kinds of stains from clothes
Want to see a nightmare come true? Just drop some tomato sauce, wine, coffee or any other food that makes you run immediately after the nearest tap! And when you’re ready to go out and end up smearing your clothes with makeup, lipstick or – worse – nail polish? How to get rid of these stains as quickly as they appeared?
Sometimes it’s not as simple as it sounds. In some cases, you really need to take that outfit off and wash it quickly, before the stain penetrates the fabric and causes even more headaches. But it’s important to know that as soon as the stain appears on clothing, you should at least try to minimize it quickly. The faster you try to get rid of the stain, even if only removing the excess of spilled product, the greater the chances of the item being washed more easily.
Personal organizer Rafaela Oliveira, from the Organize sem Freshness blog, has several tips to help. She says that most of the tips that are on her website were sent by followers, but she also goes after the information. “I get tips from followers, but I also do research and test all tips before posting. I don’t share the tips that don’t work, I’m very careful about that”, he explains.
Lucy Mizael, from Lucy’s Tips blog, also uses the knowledge that each one’s story offers. “I come from the interior of Minas Gerais, from a family of matriarchs who always took care of the home with care. Many recipes came from this time. When I started sharing knowledge, memories surfaced. Sometimes I called my mother, aunt, neighbor, sister-in-law, and I ended up retrieving some tips”.
Do you want to know what these tips are and many others on how to remove stains from clothes? Come check!
What do I need to know before I start removing stains from my clothes?
Before you simply start getting rid of stains, you need to know that they work differently on each type of fabric. Are they:
It is a sturdier fabric. Therefore, several techniques are well accepted without damaging the fabric.
Synthetic clothing is generally very durable, which allows you to firmly rub the fabric when removing a stain. Detergents work as a great agent in removing stains from this fabric, and keep it well away from bleach. If you have a specific stain remover, see if it is specifically recommended for that fabric.
There are products that can damage the wool fibers. Ideally, a detergent or washing powder for delicate clothes is chosen. And try to dry pieces of wool horizontally, so that they keep their shape.
Silk is an extremely delicate fabric. Cleaning products for delicate clothes is the most suitable option, in addition to leaving the entire garment to soak to prevent the stain from spreading to another part.
If you have questions about the type of product to use in specific cases, or when the item is delicate, look for a specialized laundry. Now, write down all the tips from the experts:
1. How to remove sweat stains from clothes?
This is a problem that many have experienced and is sometimes even difficult to avoid. When it happens, remember not to put your sweaty shirt in the hamper to wash, as if it dries for a long time, it’s harder to take it off. With the shirt or t-shirt in hand, you can follow these tips:
Water with baking soda
Mix 1 liter of water with 5 tablespoons of baking soda. Let the piece soak for 30 minutes in this solution and then wash normally.
What if the stain is recent?
Put 1 liter of warm water and 3 tablespoons of white vinegar in a bucket. Soak the piece in this mixture for 10 minutes before washing. If desired, you can alternatively soak the stain in hydrogen peroxide, but test it on a piece of clothing first to make sure it doesn’t fade.
Is the stain on the clothes old?
Mix baking soda with lemon to make a paste. Whenever handling lemons, keep them out of the sun as they can burn the skin. Apply this ‘paste’ with a brush and let it act for 45 minutes. Then soak the laundry in soapy water for 1h30 before washing as usual.
2. I dropped coffee on my clothes! How to remove the stain?
Who never spilled coffee on their clothes, right? If this happens to you, don’t worry: this is an easy stain to remove, especially if you ‘run’ to eliminate it.
I just spilled coffee on my blouse!
Immediately wash the area with hot, nearly boiling water. This way you dissipate the coffee and don’t let it penetrate the fabric. If the garment is in a place of difficult access to wet it with water, rub 1 ice cube on the garment until the stain disappears.
Is the stain already dry?
Wet the stain with warm water and add 1 tablespoon (coffee) of baking soda. Allow it to soak up the coffee and then wash normally.
I dropped coffee with milk!
As milk has fat, the procedure is a little different from removing pure coffee. Apply hydrogen peroxide or benzene over the stain and wash afterwards.
3. The wine stained my clothes! And now?
When this happens, the first thing you shouldn’t do is use hot water. The heat will help the wine stick even more to your clothes.
If the stain was at that moment, place paper towels on top, without rubbing, so that it absorbs the wine. Then wash with soap and water.
Salt also helps to ‘suck’ the wine. Place a portion on top of the stain and let it act for 5 minutes.
Use 3 scoops of white vinegar to 1 of water and apply this mixture to the stain.
White wine can neutralize red wine. It doesn’t remove the stain, but if you can’t remove it right away, it will at least soften the color.
4. Is the clothing stained with rust?
If the garment has been in storage for a long time, and is close to metallic objects, rust can get into the fabric. Buttons, zippers and even metal pegs can stain your clothes with rust.
lemon with salt
On top of the stain, apply the lemon juice with salt. Put this mixture in the sun and leave it in a basin of water. Remove the piece before it dries and rinse well.
Use an industrialized remover.
5. I soiled my clothes with a pen
Almost every week you, without realizing it, stain your clothes with the ink in your pen. It’s simple to remove, as long as it doesn’t take too long.
Use a cotton swab soaked in alcohol on the stain until it comes off.
Quickly rub alcohol with a cotton swab and place a paper towel on top so that it absorbs the ink.
Put a paper towel on the underside of the fabric and pour some milk over the stain. Put another paper towel, but this time over the stain – like a sandwich. And do this as many times as you need to until she comes out completely.
6. Did the children stain their clothes with a marker?
It is normal for this stain to happen during school activities, during vacation fun or even if you use this pen in your day to day.
Place paper towels under the stain. Then pour hot milk over the stain and press it with another paper towel (the same idea as the sandwich). Cream can also be used instead of hot milk.
Pen stain on the leather
Soak a cotton ball with a little warm water and ammonia. Put this mixture on top of the stain and wipe it off with a dry cloth.
7. I stained my clothes with ink. And now?
This is one of the stains that needs a lot of attention, especially if the clothes are white.
Wet the region with an alcohol-based product such as hairspray. Press the stain with a paper towel until the ink is removed.
8. Can you remove oil paint stains from your clothes?
All stains involving inks need special care. The golden tip is, first, to remove excess paint. Then, one of the following options:
Detergent with hot water
Mix 1 teaspoon detergent in a glass of warm water and apply to the stain with a clean sponge. Then wash with cold water.
hot milk or lemon
In case of ink stain on dark fabrics, pass hot milk or lemon rind over the stain and then wash with soap and water.
9. I cut my finger and stained the clothes with blood
Some accidents can happen and cause you to stain your clothes with blood. As with wine, do not use hot water. If you act quickly, no one will notice.
If it is at that moment, a cold soapy water will remove all the stain.
Apply sparkling water to the stained part and let it soak for a few minutes.
Using salt water also solves the problem.
Use 10 volumes of hydrogen peroxide on top of the stain and let it act. Then wash naturally.
If you have an aspirin in your bag, crush the pill and make a paste out of it by adding a little water. Place on top of the stain and let the mixture act.
10. How to remove grease stains from clothes?
This is for sure one of the most feared stains, whether due to the coloring of the fat or the fear of never having your clothes as before. If the grease that you stained was too hot, you will hardly be able to remove it, because it has already burned the fabric fiber. If that’s not the case, check out the tips:
Put talcum powder on top of the stain and leave it overnight. The next day, wash your clothes normally. Cornstarch or chalk also serves the same purpose!
Hot water with detergent
Mix hot water with detergent and place on top of the stain, rubbing.
To make it you need a cup of washing powder dissolved in liquid ammonia until it becomes a thick mixture. Add 4 tablespoons of white vinegar, 4 tablespoons of rectified alcohol and 1 tablespoon of salt to this mixture.
If you have ether, benzene, gasoline, or kerosene at home, you can use them to remove fat from tissue. Just apply a little to the fabric and rub the stain gently with a brush. In the case of benzene, it is indicated both for non-washable fabrics (such as leather) and for very delicate ones. Only colored clothes that cannot receive these removers. Wash them with soap and hot water or sprinkle a little talcum or wheat flour on the stain.
11. And oil stain?
This is another stain that makes everyone’s hair stand on end!
Just use a laundry detergent or dish detergent, applying directly to the stain. Rub and then wash with hot water.
12. And a grease stain on the clothes, can you remove it?
As grease is a grease stain, you can also remove it! Don’t forget to remove excess grease first, pressing with a paper towel – but not rubbing.
Cover the stain with talcum powder. If not, you can use cornstarch or salt. Then spread detergent over the stain. Wait about 20 minutes and wash the piece.
Put talcum powder on the stain (or cornstarch) and allow the grease to be absorbed. Brush carefully so as not to spread the stain and rinse with hot water, applying laundry detergent. Leave on for 10 minutes, rub and rinse again with hot water.
If the stain is already dry, apply butter or margarine over the stain using a toothbrush. This grease joins the grease, leaving it moist, which will make removal easier. Then, rinse with hot water and wash with laundry or dish detergent, leaving the item to soak for 10 minutes.
13. How to remove tea stain?
The procedure is almost the same as for coffee and the result is the same. In other words, there is salvation!
Use an ice cube and rub over the stain, then wash it off.
For old stains, use liquid glycerin. You can also use 20 volumes of hydrogen peroxide. If the stain is on an unsteady colored fabric, rub in a mixture of ethyl alcohol and soap, then wash with cold water.
14. Deodorant stain on black clothes… Is there a solution?
It does, and it’s simpler than you think!
Just pass a wet handkerchief on the spot, as soon as it’s stained… and that’s it!
15. How to remove the yellowish stain from clothes?
If your clothing has been in storage for a long time, it may turn yellow. But there is a solution!
Baking with lemon
Mix baking soda with lemon juice and rub in place using a sponge or toothbrush. Wait 45 minutes and then soak for another 1h30. Then wash as usual.
Put away your clothes! It’s traditional and error free! Rub with coconut soap and soak in the sun.
very old yellow
When the piece is very old, boil water with 45g of baking soda and 45g of salt. Then put the clothes in the pan and leave for 10 minutes.
16. Does mold and mildew stain have a solution?
Every stain has a beginning, a middle and a solution! The fabrics are quite vulnerable to serving as food for the fungus, so it is important that you clean it with a cloth or cotton soaked in a neutral pH soap to try to remove the fungus. You can also clean it with white vinegar and lemon juice, leaving the piece in the sun for a few hours and then washing it separately.
Bleach with sugar
Put 1 cup of sugar in 1 liter of bleach and put the clothes in this mixture. Let it soak and then just wash it.
Bleach with detergent
For white pieces, use 2 tablespoons of bleach with 2 tablespoons of detergent or 2 tablespoons of vinegar in a bucket of water. Leave to soak and then wash normally.
Cod can be an ally at these times when the spot is very old. Place the piece in an aluminum bucket filled with water with a piece of raw cod. Bring the mixture to a boil until the stain disappears.
17. Can chocolate stain clothes?
Yes! That’s why it’s important to remove excess chocolate before trying to remove the stain.
After removing the excess chocolate, place the clothes in the freezer. After a few minutes, scrape off the hardened chocolate.
Wet the back of the fabric on the stain with hot water, so it melts the chocolate.
Detergent with milk
Rub the stain with a little mild detergent and let the piece soak in milk for about 1 hour. Then you can wash it.
chocolate on woolen clothes
Just remove it with a cotton soaked in glycerin.
18. Sauce stain on clothing
You may be preparing a meal or eating and you’ve smeared your clothes with gravy. Check out the tips on how to get rid of them for good:
Detergent with warm water
Use 1 tablespoon of detergent dissolved in three tablespoons of warm water. Scrub with a soft bristle brush.
Detergent with white vinegar
If the sauce is ketchup or mustard, mix detergent with white vinegar and rub into the stain until it disappears.
Detergent, lemon or alcohol
If it’s tomato sauce stain, use detergent with hot water. If that doesn’t work, soak a cloth with lemon juice and alcohol and rub. Then use soap and soak the piece in coconut soap before rinsing.
19. Tomato stain on clothes
If the clothing is light, it turns into despair!
Use vinegar to remove tomato stains from colored clothing. Just apply 1 to 2 tablespoons of white vinegar on top of the stain and let it act for 30 minutes. Rinse and rub mild detergent onto the stain before washing with cold water.
20. Red fruit stain. How to get rid of?
Any stains that involve reddish coloring such as wine, blood, tomatoes and others need to be treated quickly.
In the case of white clothes, wash the stain with neutral detergent and leave it in the sun for a while. Sunlight has a whitening effect.
For tough stains or colored clothing, rub in lemon juice or place a slice of fruit on the stain. Rinse and repeat the process if necessary.
21. How to remove strawberry and grape stains from clothes?
The procedure for removing fruit stains from clothes is basically the same, you just need to remove the excess quickly so as not to penetrate the threads.
Water and soap
Put the stained clothes in the running water and you will see that, little by little, the stain will come out. Apply a little soap and rub gently. Then wash it off.
22. I stained my clothes with lipstick. Can you take it off?
In the rush, you can end up smearing your clothes with lipstick, but you can solve this problem quickly:
Hot water with detergent
Mix hot water with detergent, apply to the stain and rub.
If the garment is white, use acetone. If it’s colored, apply an ice cube and then a little dishwashing detergent.
23. I messed up my clothes with makeup!
Like lipstick, makeup can be removed easily.
Just sprinkle some alcohol on the stain. You can also add liquid petroleum jelly or soak a cotton ball in ether and rub the stain.
If the garment is made of cotton, wet the stain with white vinegar. If it is silk, rinse with cold water with 20 volumes of hydrogen peroxide.
24. Did you stain your clothes with enamel?
The nail polish was fresh and you stained your clothes. No neurons, it’s easy to remove!
If it’s not synthetic fabric, use acetone without fear.
Apply over the stain. Then brush the spot gently.
25. The perfume stained the clothes!
There are perfumes that can end up staining your clothes. In these cases…
Apply a mixture of 4g of sodium sulphate for every 100ml of water to the stain. Just don’t do this on synthetic fabrics.
26. How to remove stain from other fabric?
It’s extremely common to go wash clothes and suddenly see that your garment is stained with the color of other clothes – especially if you don’t have your mother around to give you some tips (or even to wash the clothes…).
Take the stained piece and place it in boiling water with a piece of potato, without peeling.
pepper in the machine
The idea is to put a tablespoon of black pepper in the washing machine along with the clothes to help prevent the colors ‘changing clothes’.
Vinegar with water
Once the stained garment is removed from the machine, wash the stain under cold running water and apply alcohol vinegar. Rub until it comes out. If that doesn’t work, you can heat 2 cups of vinegar and pour it on the stain, then rub.
Clothes on the stove
If the stain is resistant – and the clothing is linen or cotton, bring a pot of water and 2 tablespoons of washing powder or coconut soap to a boil. Put the piece inside and let it boil for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and wash the piece in cold water, rubbing.
With so many useful tips, it’s now easier to take that infamous spot from your favorite blouse or that piece of clothing that’s in the back of the closet, abandoned because of a stain.