Spot Removal from Clothes!

My information is mainly regarding washable fabrics. I have used these tips for years, but a few tidbits for only dry cleanables too (however I mostly like to leave the dry cleanable problems to the professionals).


Alcohol beverages:

Soak item in cold water, and wash in warm sudsy water, rinse in cold. If stain remains, soak silk, wool, or colored items in 4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon (4 litres) of water for 1 hour then rinse twice. Whites, soak linen, cotton and rayon for one hour in a mixture of 2 tablespoons of bleach to 1quart (1litre) water. Rinse again twice in cool water then rewash in regular manner. Alcohol may remove dyes out of fabric.

Dry cleanable fabrics: Gently sponge stain with water let slightly dry then dust lightly with cornstarch on the inside of garment. When totally dry brush cornstarch off with clothes brush.


Blood:

Soak in cold water and detergent. If stain remains soak in mixture of 4 tablespoons of 'bleach for unbleachables' per 1 quart (1litre) of water if colored item or regular bleach (same mix) for whites. For stubborn stain in whites only apply a few drops of ammonia. Then re-launder in regular manner.

Dry cleanables fabrics: Place thick towel under stain and treat with cold salt-water mix (2 tablespoon of tablesalt per quart or 1 litre water) Rinse well and blot gently with towel. To remove final traces treat with hydrogen peroxide then rise again with a little lukewarm water. Point out area to dry cleaner...

Chocolate:

Rinse in lukewarm water. Whites, if stain remains soak for one hour in a mixture of 4 tablespoon of bleach per 1 quart (1 litre) of water. If it's heavy sturdy fabric pour boiling water over stain with thick towel on the backside of garment.

Dry cleanables fabrics: only on colorfast fabrics, gently sponge with lukewarm water let slightly dry then lightly dust with cornstarch on the inside of garment let totally dry then using a bristle clothes brush off all traces of cornstarch. Point out area to dry cleaners...

Coffee or tea:

If whites pour boiling water through the spot from a 3' (90 cm) height. If stain remains soak for an hour in mixture of 4 tablespoons of bleach to 1 quart (1 litre) of water.

Dry cleanables fabrics: Gently sponge with cool water, work in small amount of detergent. Rinse. If detergent ring remains sponge with alcohol.

Grease:

Only on colorfast (Tshirts, jog suits etc) place towel under stain pour lighter fluid or naphtha gas over. (Do not inhale as naphtha is toxic) Dust lightly with cornstarch or baking soda. Let dry totally then brush off cornstarch residue and then launder in regular manner.

The hotter the water the better the chances of removing grease and oil splatters. Pre-treat the spots with a good dish detergent first since the molecules in such liquids are prepared to trap oil.

Dry cleanables fabrics: Gently sponge wool fabric with trichloroethane. Point out spot to dry cleaner...

Perspiration:

If the color of garment has been affected gently sponge a fresh stain with ammonia, an old stain with white vinegar. Repeat 2-3 times then launder in regular manner.

Or

Crush 2-3 aspirin tablets, add enough water to make a paste and brush it on the stained area. Leave sit for a couple of hours. If stains are severe crush another 2 aspirin and add to 1/2 cup of warm water then soak stained part of clothing in the solution overnight. Launder in regular manner.

Dry cleanable fabrics: same as washables point out stains to dry cleaners...

Obviously you should try every method out in an inconspicuous spot first. However my opinion is that if the clothes are spotty or stained I will not wear them anymore anyway so eventually I will give every cleaning method a trial.

Hope some of these work out for you...

If you have some great solutions to any stains etc. please add them into the comment cell and I'll add it to this post later, naturally with your name credited.

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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Dolores, always glad when you drop in for a visit. You wearing an apron when you're cooking is so smart. I have a couple of dozen in the linen closet. So here (hub) is the result of never remembering to wear one.

kindest regards

Zsuzsy


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Zsuzsy - at my age I should know how to get rid of any stain but I don't. I always wear an apron when cooking and usually wear printed shirts so the stains don't show. Now I'll know just what to do!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Habee hope it will work for you. It's really hard to get any type of stains out of the new blends of fabrics of today.

hope you're well and new baby too

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Perfect timing, my friend! I just got a grease stain on one of my fave shirts!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Paradise7, how are you? Thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Such useful advice! Thank you!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Kaie Arwen thank you for taking a look and for commenting.

kindest regards

Zsuzsy


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

Another Hub for me to bookmark......... thank you for this!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

mhuze, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. I'm always doing stuff where I get messy...

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

lctodd1947, how are you? Glad you were able to stop by and comment. The hairspray also works on lipstick on natural fibers like cotton.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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mhuze 6 years ago from USA

Thanks for the tips! There are some days I could really use these!


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

Zsuzsy Bee, this is great information. Thank you for sharing with us. I will try some of these when needed and I have used harispray on pen stain also.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

GmaGoldie thank you for taking a look and for commenting. I forgot to add pen stains and you're absolutely right hairspray does work especially if the ink hasn't had too much time to dry into the fibers.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Wonderful hub. You may wish to add my frequent foe - pen marks - hairspray of all things does really work!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Mystique1957, thanks for reading and for commenting. I have not tried milk and sugar that's for sure.

hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Dearest Zsuzsy... Pretty interesting tips and very workable ideas! You do experiment a lot, don't you? hehehe!

I will share a secret one I was forced to prove its effectiveness on an embarrassing situation! It worked on a white jean, do not know about other fabrics though. For a blood stain, brush vigorously with liquid milk using sugar as an "exfoliant". Wash with cold water thoroughly, then laundry normally with lukewarm water.

Thumbs up!

Warmest regards and infinite eternal blessings,

Al


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

TamCor, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. What a great idea about the wet wipes, that makes a lot of sense.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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TamCor 6 years ago from Ohio

Another great hub to bookmark--thanks for the great tips! I did know a few of them, but definitely not all, so I can't wait to try the new ones out.

One hint I've learned when you're away from home, and get something on your clothes is to use a wet wipe--I keep a travel-size pack in my purse, because my husband tends to spill on his shirt more often than not, lol...

Anyway, they work wonders on a LOT of different stains, especially if you catch them right away!

Thanks again for these great ideas--I really enjoyed learning about them!

Tammy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Pamela99 thank you for taking a look and for commenting. Sometimes a reminder does help doesn't it.

hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Support Med. thanks for taking a look and for commenting. The aspirin really work well. I recommended it to my customers who came to my tailor shop often. Doing alterations on others clothes with stains on always gave me a eeeekk feeling.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Zsuzsy, I knew a few of those, but marked this hub for the great tips.


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Support Med. 6 years ago from Michigan

Thoroughly written! I'll have to try the aspirin, never heard of that before. And pointing out stains to the dry cleaners is a good idea as well because sometimes they seem to not see what we see. Good hub.


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hiya D.G. how are ya? even as a kid my poor mother despaired in ever having me in clean clothes, no sooner was I dressed up I was in the thick of things. Mud and grass were my friends and came and hugged me regularly, leaving me grubby. Even in adulthood that never changed. Just on the weekend I changed the chain on my bike; result: a thick black grease smear on my good slacks (lucky I was able to get them clean) Throwing things out has never been my first choice...I've been known to tie-dye my kids clothes or paint a funny face into a stain (if it was in the right location) all to camouflage spots and stains...

hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

breakfastpop, I'm a fixer and in the thick of everything person, I've been known to crawl under a car in my silk Sunday best blouse but hate to walk around in spotty stained clothes. So it's either clean them or sew new ones...

thanks for taking a look and for commenting.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

green tea-cher, how are you? Glad you came for a visit.

The aspirin works really well on natural fibers especially 100%cotton.

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

AlexK2009, thanks for taking a look and for commenting. Vinegar is a useful for many things not just for spot removal. It also takes away the shine from pants that have been pressed with an iron that was a bit too hot and so much more...hmmmm possibly worth a hub all of its own

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Singlmomat52 glad you dropped in for a visit. Thanks for commenting.

Kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Alekhouse, thanks for stopping by and for commenting. I used to have a tailor shop next door to a drycleaners who I learned quite a few tips from.

hope you're well

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Ah, Zsuzsy, now you have entered the realm of the practical male. Once we men have a garment that will not come out of the washing machine spotless, it goes straight into the dustbin without the need to think.

Thinking strains the male brain, such as it is, a fact that all females will no doubt agree with, because according to the female of the species, the male brain is smaller than that of the female. In consequence, we males have to strain our grey cells to comprehend instructions which deal with more than one specific action. :-)

Hence the simple expedient of throwing things away when they get dirty :-)


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Thanks for the tips. I am notorious for plopping things on my clothes!


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green tea-cher 6 years ago

Great tips Zsuzy. My son battles with perspiration stains on white t-shirts. I'm going to give this a try. Thanks for the hub.


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AlexK2009 6 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

I have seen someone remove food stains from a shirt, in a restaurant, using white wine, and simple vinegar and water is often helpful. I tend to use that combination as a first resort


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singlmomat52 6 years ago

Great tips Zsuzy!

Thank you so much for sharing!!


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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Now this is a hub I can really benefit by. I own a bed and breakfast and we get every kind of stain imaginable on our linens, furniture, and carpets. A lot of the tips I'm already using, but I did get a few new ones. thanks, Zsuzsy


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada Author

Hmrjmr1, how are you? If the hub helps then it's done what it was supposed to do.

Always glad when you drop by for a visit

kindest regards Zsuzsy


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Hmrjmr1 6 years ago from Georgia, USA

Great Stuff Zsuzy! This is the stuff my wife and mom didn't pass along and now being a bachelor again I'm gonna print this and hang it in the laundry room. Sure do appreciate it!!

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