How To Remove Any Stain Out of Your Clothes
You’re wearing your new favorite dress out with a few friends, and someone accidently bumps your arm. You spill red wine all over your new dress. Don’t worry–there’s a way to get it out and save your dress! Same goes for all of the other cooking spills, dirty knees, and typical spills we see in everyday life. Use this guide to keep your clothes looking their best, while living your best life.
- Grass Stains: Grass stains are a type of dye stain. The natural chlorophyll in plants transfers the green onto your clothing, leaving a nasty streak. To treat the stain before washing, soak the garment in cool water and a cleaner with enzymes like Shout Advanced Ultra Gel Brush. Let the garment soak for about 30 minutes if it’s a fresh stain, and for several hours if it’s an old stain. After soaking, launder in warm water. If the stain remains, repeat the soaking cycle.
- Protein Stains: Protein stains come from organic elements like blood, sweat, vomit, or other bodily fluids. Treat the garment with an alkaline stain removal solution, which will digest the proteins. After letting the garment soak in the pre-rinse solution for about 30 minutes, you can then transfer it to the regular wash. Before putting it in the washing machine, give the garment a rinse to see if the stain has visibly reduced. The final wash should remove all of the other discoloration.
- Dairy Stains: These are similar to protein stains because they are organic in nature. They also contain a good amount of fatty lipids which can make the stains especially difficult to remove. Soak and agitate the garment in cool water with an enzyme solution for several hours. The fats make the stain want to cling to the fibers in the clothes. Wash as normal in warm water. If the stain remains, repeat the soak and wash.
- Tomato-based Stains: Treat the area with ½ teaspoon of liquid dish soap and 1 tablespoon of distilled vinegar for 30 minutes. Gently scrub the area, and rinse to see if the area still remains. If so, then treat with a prewash stain remover, liquid laundry detergent, and water, and then wash the article in warm water and hang to dry. Do not put it in the dryer, because if the stain remains, the heat will make it permanent.
- Mud Stains: Mud stains are another form of protein stains. They are organic, and are caused from the carbon in the soil. Let the garment dry before treating it. Flake off any excess mud before working on the stain. Soak in a solution of 1 quart of warm water, 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap, and 1 tablespoon of distilled vinegar for about 15 minutes. Rinse it with lukewarm water, and let it air dry for a few minutes. If the stain remains, then sponge it with rubbing alcohol and rinse it with water until the stain is gone.
- Fruit/Fruit Juice Stains: We all know this one–the classic red wine spill. Rinse the fabric in the hottest water allowed for it. Do not use soap. Soak the garment in a warm water solution for 30 minutes with an enzyme presoak solution. The warm water is to help dissolve all of the sugars from the fruit juice. The enzymes help eat the organic matter remaining after the sugars. If all of the sugars aren’t removed from the stain, then you’ll have a brown stain on the garment.
Of course, look on the instruction tag to see what the manufacturer suggests for cleaning. Dry clean when needed, but not everything needs to go to the cleaners. Accidents happen, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice your clothes for it. Understand the properties of the stain so that you know how to remove it.