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How To Remove Stains From Clothing

Updated on October 22, 2011

Removing stains from clothes: a huge target that a woman often faces at her home. Not only for her clothing but also for her husband’s and kids clothing. Usually stains found on kids’ clothes are thought to be harder ones to be removed.

This is so because children do get some really tough stains on their clothes while playing and partying, like stain of grass, paints and ketchup.

You think of these stains and you’ll find yourself going crazy that a either a new and expensive dress of your kid is being ruined or you need to knock your head into wall to get this stain off the clothes.

A misconception found in people commonly is that put more of stain remover and you will get better results, no, beware this is going to damage your cloth definitely. Here I am going to provide you with tips to remove some common tough stains.

Grass Stains are easy to get and difficult to remove.
Grass Stains are easy to get and difficult to remove.

How To Remove Grass Stain

Simply use denatured alcohol or methylated spirit (this is solution composed of 95% ethyl and 5% methyl alcohol). Now just rub the stain with a rag of cloth dipping it into this alcohol before you put these clothes for wash.

How To Remove Blood Stains

Another tough stain very difficult to be removed as usually even after washing with very strong detergent the stain is somehow left. It will become very light but yet could be seen. For removing blood stain completely off your clothes use hydrogen peroxide, but don’t forget to check it on any covered part of the shirt like back of collar so that you may be sure that this is not going to hurt your fabric especially if it’s colored.

How To Remove Chewing Gum Stains

Chewing gum usually does not have a stain instead it remain stick itself to the fabric, easiest way to remove it off is that keep the cloth if small piece into freezer overnight.

While if the cloth is big enough than get an ice bag and set it onto the cloth wherever the gum is and leave it till the gum is really very hard.

Once it has hardened you can remove it off easily. Still if some of it is left you can again keep ice over it and finally all of it can be removed.

How To Remove Ink Stains

Oh the world toughest stains ever are those of inks. Often you may find wishing to kill you husband hen he comes back from work with a big bang stain on his chest pocket just because he forgot to cap pen before fixing it in pocket.

Now if the stain is fresh immediately soak it in milk overnight and wash it later. While on the other hand if the stain is harder than you need to put hair spray over it.

The deeper and harder stain the more the hair spray to be used. After spraying let the cloth dry and than wash it with any washing detergent.

How To Remove Grease Stains

This is another hard stain to get rid off. For this you should use eucalyptus oil, just put a little on the stained area and then rub it, later wash it out normally. If the stain is left than repeat the process and this time it’ll be gone.

How To Remove Hair Dye

Hair dyes are commonly used at homes too by every other person. So when you get them on your clothes, be fast and furious because leaving it on for long will make the stain permanent.

Take the cloth immediately and soak it into cold water, now take a sponge and dip it into dish washing liquid, with this sponge now rub the place of stain forcefully. Rinse it now and this time soak in warm water and detergent and rinse well.

How To Remove Rust Stains

For rust it’s really easy; make a solution of 1 part of salt and 2 parts of lemon juice, and with this rub the stain area. Leave it under sun for 3 to 4 hours; this will give a natural bleach effect. Later on wash with any detergent of your choice.

This is what you should get after the hard work you put in cleaning.
This is what you should get after the hard work you put in cleaning.

Another very helpful tip to remove spot stains is to use old heads of your electronic toothbrush.

This is found really effective tool as it removes stain easily due to its rubbing power, hence making cleaning process easier for you.

Here I shared some of the very useful tips and ways to remove tough stains that we often come across in our daily life, and find removing them difficult than anything else. So enjoy a light moment next time you see such stains.


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      Roseann Cole 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Great article. I am going to try some of your tips right now. Thanks.