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Removing Stubborn Stains from Clothing

Updated on January 30, 2011

Tips to Remove 6 Stubborn Stains

Stains are annoying, but most can be beaten with common household products. Below is a list of ways to remove 6 common stains. Will they always work?- probably not. Depending on how long the stain has been in the fabric and what type of fabric it is, some of these methods may not work. It is always worth trying, though, as cleaning it is better than throwing it away.

Mustard: work glycerin into the stain, or sponge with rubbing alcohol, and then wash.

Ketchup: soak the stain in cold water, then rub with detergent, and wash.

Rust: cover the stain with copious amounts of lemon juice, and a little salt and then place in the sun. The rust color should go away.

Grease: Soak the stain in club soda. Best if it is a fresh stain.

Wax: Place the stained area between brown paper bags, or other absorbent paper and press with a warm iron to melt the wax out.

Ink: Ink can be a very hard stain. Water based inks can be rinsed out. If that doesn't work apply hairspray and rub that in with a dry cloth. Then rub with rubbing alcohol until the stain runs. Rinse it out and repeat if necessary.  



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