Clothing Stain Removal Guide: How to get red wine, blood, lipstick, grass and more out of your laundry
Learn how to get stains out of your clothing
Ever pulled a favorite shirt out of your drawer only to realize it’s unwearable because of a stain that never came out? Or maybe you’ve felt a sense of dread the moment you spill a food or drink on your favorite top that you’ll never be able to remove successfully. Before you panic or throw away your soiled laundry, follow these stain removal tips from hhgregg!
Getting stains out starts with fast action and pre-treatment
The longer a stain sits on your clothing, the tougher it is to remove. So, acting quickly is important. You’ll need to pre-treat the stain first. Throwing it into the laundry machine without doing so risks ruining your clothing forever. Remember to blot the stain gently. Scrubbing or rubbing may seem like a good approach, but it usually sets the stain in deeper.
There are different remedies for treating stains depending on what you spill on it, and you’ll want to read the garment label before trying anything to make sure you don’t ruin your clothing item. For many stains and fabrics, blotting the stain and soaking it in cold water with detergent or an all-purpose stain removal may suffice.
What about specific type of stains?
While you can still follow a general stain removal plan, you may want to target your approach specifically to the substance on your clothing.
A few quick stain removal tips:
- Red wine stain removal: Club soda is a great stain remover and can be used in a pinch if you’re out to dinner and spill red wine on your clothes. Blot the stain with a clean cloth dampened with club soda.
- Oil stain removal: Cover oil stains in baby powder as soon as possible. Let it sit for a half hour or so, then brush off and apply a generic stain remover before throwing it into the washer using the highest heat setting.
- Grass stain removal: These stains are inevitable if you have small children (or even if you are enjoying the great outdoors as an adult). Use an old toothbrush and plain toothpaste to scrub the stain away.
- Blood stain removal: Your best bet to remove blood is 3-percent hydrogen-peroxide (if it’s already dry). For newly spilled blood stains, blot with an ice cube or club soda.
- Grease stain removal: Grease can also be another pesky stain to remove. Try using cornstarch to soak up the grease.
- Lipstick stain removal: Lipstick can also leave stains on clothing. To remove, blot with a baby wipe. Another trick is to use a wadded up piece of white bread sans crust and rub it gently over the stain. The bread will remove the lipstick.
Want even more tips on getting stains out? hhgregg partnered with Maytag to provide videos that show how to remove specific types of stains, including:
View the full list of stain removal articles on our blog for even more tips and videos! And be sure to check out our article for tips on how to wash baby clothes.
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