Stains are a hazard of living. While there could be worse side effects for going out and enjoying life, there is no escaping the fact that getting a stain on your favorite shirt or your brand new white carpet can really put a damper on your mood. Thankfully though, there are many solutions to getting rid of those annoying spots of color. You just have to act quickly and homemade stain removers are how you get it done.
Learn how to wipe out any spot, smudge, and splatter with a few household items and a little patience. You’ll be glad you took the time to read this stain removal list. While most of these stain remover recipes cover fresh stains, most work well on old stains, too.
First thing’s first for tough stains. If you spill red wine on yourself or a carpet, immediately coat the area in salt. Once the salt has absorbed most of the excess liquid, vacuum it up and pour boiling water on the leftover stain. Let the hot water sit for 30 minutes then rinse.
For white wine, simply rinse in cool water, no need for a DIY stain remover there.
Once you’ve removed any chunks you can scrape off by hand, coat the stain with a dish soap solution of 1 tablespoon of clear dish soap in 10 ounces of water. Any dish soap you have at home will do, from Dawn to a castile soap.
Let sit for 30 minutes and rinse. How’s that for a natural stain remover? This same treatment also works wonders as a spot remover for most of the common stains on this list.
Flush out the stain with undiluted white vinegar. Next, soak the fabric in a dish soap solution of, you guessed it, 1 tablespoon of clear dish soap in 10 ounces of water. Let sit for 30 minutes and rinse.
Dishwashing liquid is a lifesaver and miracle cleaner, even in small amounts, can you tell?
It’s going to happen, you are going to bleed on something eventually. It’s no big deal though. As blood stains are such a common occurrence, there are a million and one recipes for removal. This just happens to be a good one.
Soak your fabric in cool water (cool salt water if it’s a dry stain) and then dab on undiluted ammonia with a cotton swab. The stain should disappear like magic.
We’ve all dribbled coffee down the front of our favorite shirts at one time or another. It’s extremely frustrating – especially when you’re running late for work – but it’s much easier to remove than you think.
Simply stretch the stained fabric over a bowl and pour boiling water over the affected area from about a foot above. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then wash.
Apply a thick layer of baking soda to the stain while it’s still wet. An old toothbrush with functioning bristles is a great idea for spreading the paste. The baking soda will absorb the liquid and the color with it. Next, apply a dish soap solution (1 tablespoon of clear dish soap in 10 ounces of water). Let sit for 30 minutes and rinse.
When it comes to keeping your white shirt clean, just make sure you always have plenty of Dawn dish soap or otherwise on hand, it’s the magic laundry stain remover.
To remove sticky jam, flush the stain with cool water and then apply a solution of 1/2 teaspoon laundry detergent, one tablespoon white vinegar, and one quart warm water. Let sit for 30 minutes, then rinse.
If the stain remains, sponge with rubbing alcohol and rinse thoroughly using a spray bottle with water.
There’s no use in crying over spilled milk because it’s rather easy to remove. Simply rinse in cool water, apply a stain pretreatment like Shout, and wash as you normally would.
If you prefer to make your own stain pretreatment instead of using store-bought, feel free to swap that in.
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Tomato stains can be a tough because they are so quick to set. So make sure to take care of these immediately.
Apply a dish soap solution (1 tablespoon of clear dish soap in 10 ounces of water) and rinse after 30 minutes. If the stain still persists, add several drops of white vinegar to the stain and run through the washing machine as you normally would.
If you’re dealing with a tomato sauce carpet stain, use the dish soap solution. If the stain is still present, use a spray bottle with water and a few drops of white vinegar for a spot treatment.
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If you smooshed a berry into something, before you do anything else you’re going to need to scrape off the excess berry. Once that’s done, add a solution of half dish soap and half hydrogen peroxide to the stained area. Let sit for 30 minutes then rinse out.
11. Ice Cream
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Rinse off the colored area in cold water, then apply a stain pretreatment such as Oxy Clean. Once you’ve pretreated the stain, soak the fabric in cool water with some detergent. Finally, wash as you normally would.
12. Scorch Marks
Scorch marks happen despite your best intentions. Thankfully, they are a relatively easy problem to fix. All you need to do is grate a quarter of an onion and then rub the grated onion and as much of the onion juice onto the stain as you can.
Let it stand for 8-10 minutes and rinse. If you still see scorch marks, re-apply just as you did before. When the stain is removed, launder as usual.