Most stains can be removed with the proper treatment, so take a moment to consider how to best care for your garments before tossing them in the washer. If you make a mistake, you could cause that stain to set and become permanent. Read on for some stain-removal tips to help keep your wardrobe in tip-top shape.
General stain-removing hints
No matter what kind of stain you have, there are a few tips that can help improve your chances of removing it.
Spot-treat the stain with liquid detergent or white vinegar and soak the fabric in warm water. Stay away from bar soap because it can cause a coffee stain to set.
Soak the stain in cold water with detergent for 10-30 minutes, spot treating with ammonia or enzyme cleaner. Wash in cold water, since hot water can cause blood stains to set.
Spot-treat the stain with alcohol. If you don't have any rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer is a convenient substitute.
Soak the area for 10-30 minutes in white vinegar or liquid detergent. Then launder the with an enzyme detergent. Use bleach on your whites as a last resort.
In the future, keep in mind that your antiperspirant will be less likely to stain if you let it dry before putting on your shirt.
Rinse with cool water and spot-treat the stain with liquid detergent.
Spot-treat grass stains with stain remover or rubbing alcohol, then soak the fabric in warm water with enzyme detergent. When you wash the garment, you may need to add color-safe bleach for stubborn grass stains.
Blot the wine as much as possible, then pour club soda on the stain and blot again. Avoid bar soap because it can cause the stain to set.
First, try rinsing the stain in warm water. If that doesn't work, spot-treat the area with liquid detergent. Whitening toothpastes can leave a permanent white stain, so treat these stains as quickly as possible.