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How to Remove Ink Stains and Other Stains on Clothes

Updated on September 21, 2015
Remove stain as soon as possible to make cleaning easier
Remove stain as soon as possible to make cleaning easier | Source

Do you have problem removing stains on clothes? Most of us do.

You can, however, remove stain easily if you take action immediately. The longer you let it be there, the tougher it will be. Remember to treat this offending stain first, before you put your clothes in the washing machine. Blot it gently. Do not rub, as it will only make matter worse especially if you do it with hot water.

Here are lists of possible stains that you may get on your clothes, and how to remove them.

Ink Stain

If you get stain from fountain pen ink, soak the affected part of your clothes in milk. Then wash out in the usual way

For ballpoint pen and felt tip ink stains, dissolve stain in neat methylated spirit. Use a clean cotton bud to avoid transferring the ink mark. Follow with a usual wash.

If you get stain from marking pen or Indian ink, try WD-40. Spray WD-40 to the stain. Then wrap it with plastic food wrap and leave it for five minutes. Add a few drop of liquid detergent to a bowl of warm water. Then sponge the stain with this mixture.

Remove Blood Stains

If you get a small spot of blood, it is easy to remove if you do it immediately. Make a tiny ball with cotton thread, chew on it and then 'sponge' the spot of blood. The saliva in the cotton thread will dissolve the blood.

If the stain is much bigger, soak the spot in cold salted water. Keep rinsing in fresh salted water until the water is clear. Then, wash as usual.

For old and stubborn blood stains, soak the clothes overnight in a solution of biological washing powder then, wash as usual.

Please do not use hot water.

Remove Coffee, Tea or Cocoa Stain

You can remove light, fresh coffee or tea stains by soaking in detergent. To rid a stubborn stain, sponge it with a solution of warm water and one tablespoon of borax, or two tablespoon of household ammonia to every pint of water.

Remove Curry Stain

Curry stain and especially curry oil stain, should be remove immediately. Sprinkle talcum powder over the stain to soak up some of the oil.

Shake off the powder and then soak in a solution of water and borax.

Remove Jam Stain

If your kids love to have jam all over their clothes, do not worry. Just soak the clothes in a warm borax solution (1 pint water to 1 oz borax). Then, wash as usual.

Fruit stain can be a problem. Take immediate action to remove them.
Fruit stain can be a problem. Take immediate action to remove them. | Source

Remove Fruit Stain, Tomato Sauce Stain, Spaghetti Sauce Stain,

Take immediate action for fruit stain including beetroot; tomato sauce and spaghetti sauce stains. For strong materials like washable linen and cotton, put the affected material in a basin and pour boiling water directly onto the stain from height.

For delicate fabrics, first wash in cold water. Then, rub glycerin into stain and leave for an hour or so to 'float' the stain off the affected area. Then, wash out with detergent and warm water

Treat non-washable materials carefully in order not to spread the stain. Leave glycerin for several hours then, sponge with liquid detergent and water.

Remove Grass Stain

If you get grass stains from working in the garden, or your kids from playing in the field, you know how tough it is to remove them.

Next time you have this problem, try this method.

Sponge cotton with neat methylated spirit. For nylon and rayon, use a solution of half water and half methylated spirit.

An alternative would be to rub in glycerin, leaving it on for an hour. Complete all treatments by washing as usual.

Remove Stain before Washing

Remove stains before washing. Stains set with hot water are difficult, if not impossible to remove.

If stain remains, then you have to wash again. If it is not removed, the dryer heat can set some of the stains to be permanent part of your clothes' design!

Remove Lipstick Stain

You have problem and do not know how to remove the telltale lipstick stain? Do not worry.

Scrape off as much as you can with a knife, then rubs in Vaseline or glycerin to loosen the stain.

Then, wash in the usual way.

Remove Perspiration Stain

If you have perspiration stain, do not take too long before removing these stains as perspiration can damage the fabric.

You can treat perspiration stains in three ways:

  1. Soak affected part of your clothes in one part of ammonia to three parts water
  2. Sponge the stain with white vinegar
  3. Soak the affected clothe in a solution of detergent

Then, wash as usual.

Remove Urine Stain

Sponge or wash the clothes in warm water. Sponge any remaining stains with a solution of vinegar and water (1 tablespoon vinegar to 1 pint water)

Remove Nail Polish Stain

If you have nail polish stain, the nail polish remover works safely and quite effectively on all fabrics except rayon and tricel. Try it.

Other Common Stains

Stain from Water-based Paint
As paint is difficult to remove once it is dried, take action immediately. Rinse clothe in warm water when paint is still wet. Then, wash as usual.
Stain from Oil-based paint
Treat the paint with the same thinner as recommended in the can label, or you can use turpentine, if this recommended thinner is not available. Then, rinse. Next, pretreat it with your washing detergent, rinse, then, wash as usual.
Deodorants or Antiperspirants stains
Pre-treat it with your favorite liquid laundry detergent. Allow it to stand for about 10 minutes before washing as usual.

Now that You Know

Now that you know how to handle and remove stains from your clothes, laundering should no longer be a tedious chore.

You can still look good without having to buy new clothes!


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    • greatstuff profile image

      Mazlan 13 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, CYong74 . Thanks for dropping by and commenting and do let us know of your success in removing sweat stains.

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      Cedric Yong 13 months ago from Singapore

      Very useful info. Going to try the suggestions for sweat stains.

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      Mazlan 15 months ago from Malaysia

      Hi, Carol. You are welcome.

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      Carol Morris 16 months ago

      Thanks for the great info. Now, just to get off HP and start cleaning those stains....

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      judalyn eres 2 years ago from cebu city, philippines

      wow, let me try it

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @Vesiko. Thanks for these infos. Yes, it sounds strange that you have to 'waste' a white wine to remove red wine stain! Thanks also for the tip on removing fat stain. Really appreciate your input and sharing these informations.

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      Vesiko 5 years ago

      I can add more, I think it will be useful for you. For example, red wine stains you can remove as you pull over white wine. I know it sounds ridiculous but it really works. And then if it is a fat stain you should put some salt over it before you wash it.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @CyberShelley, thanks for sharing this tip. I am sure that is a common problem for most people. Thanks also for the votes

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      Hi greatstuff, Thanks for this, I had to look up a method for getting chewing gum off clothing today. The answer was place garment in a plastic bag in the freezer. One gum has hardened you can pick it off - any marks can be cleaned off with white vinegar.

      Thanks for the hub, voted up and useful!

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      @Heather Jacobs, Thank you for your kind comment. Have a great day!

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      Heather Jacobs 5 years ago

      Great info! I always panic when I find stains. Yesterday I got lemon juice all down the front of my new (of course) pants and had a small fit! Thanks for Sharing!