Ways to Remove Stains

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Stains, especially ones that have had time to set in, can be difficult to remove. Try a few of these stain removing tricks to get the job done without getting frustrated.  What other ways to remove stains have worked for you?

Ways to Remove Stains .

  • Deodorant Stains
    • Remove deodorant stains by wiping them with a baby wipe. It will take off the stains without soaking your shirt and can be done on the go.
  • Pretreat Stains
    • You can pre-treat stains on the go by using a baby wipe immediately after the stain occurs.
  • Grease and Oil Stains (Hard Surfaces)
    • If you have stuck on grease stains in the kitchen, try cleaning them with dawn dish soap rather than your normal cleaner. It will break up the grease much easier.
  • Grease and Oil Stains (Cloth)
    • To remove grease stains from cloth such as a couch or tshirt, rub the stained area with a piece of chalk, coat it well. Let it sit for 12-24 hours. The chalk will pick up the stain and after washing it should be gone.
  • Lipstick
    • Hairspray will remove lipstick stains. Spray the area well, and wash as you normally would. The hairspray makes the lipstick attach to the spray lifting it off of the cloth.
  • Yellowing Collars and Cuffs
    • Applying shampoo to yellowing shirt collars and cuffs and giving it a good lathering and scrubbing will remove the stains. Wash as usual after for the best results.
  • Replace Bleach
    • Try using ¼ cup lemon juice rather than bleach in your laundry. It works just as well without the harmful chemicals.
  • Fruit Stains
    • Anyone who has children knows how hard it can be to get strawberries out of white or light colored clothing. When something gets stained with fruit, before washing it place it in a pot of boiling water for a while. This will pretreat the stains without chemicals and the stains should be removed when washed as usual.
  • Wine Stains
    • Pouring salt on a fresh wine stain will lift up the liquid and make the spot easier to clean. Be sure to use a lot of salt, and let it sit a few minutes, you may need to clean up the salt and repeat the process depending on how much liquid spilled. You can then treat the area with stain remover and a hot wash cloth to lift the remaining color.
  • Basic Carpet and Clothing Stains
    • You can use a mixture of vinegar and water for set in stains on clothing and carpeting. Add half water and half vinegar to a spray bottle, spray it on the stained areas and then treat with hot water.
      • For carpeting place the mixture on the stain, then a hot cloth, and over the cloth place a hot iron for 30 seconds. This creates an at home carpet steamer.
      • For clothing, spray on the area, scrub, and wash as usual.


  1. Great list! I am a mom of three and I deal with stains every day! I definitely can use some tips and tricks for easier stain removal! I have discovered lately that it is really easy to remove fresh blood stains with salt! I tried it very soon after learning about it as my youngest son came home with blood running of his knee. It works! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for all tips, I was trying to use bleach to remove wine stains last week yet failed. I’d be trying your tips. Thank you!

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