Home Remedies for Removing Stubborn Laundry Stains

                                                                                                                                         The Correct way to Remove Stains! 
The working area for removing stains should be a hard surface that will not be affected by the stain such as a glass pan or towel-covered surface. 
1. Place the garment with stain side down on working area. 
2. Use a clean white or light colored sponge to blot the stain. 
3. Blot stain from the center of stain outward.
4. As you blot the stain it will transfer onto working surface towel. 

Tips for Washing Two-Tone Colored Clothing
 Stop color bleeding! 

1. White or lightly colored clothing with dark or bright colored collars and trims can bleed when washed. 
To avoid this problem wash the garment in a heavy-duty detergent with warm or hot water. 

2. Soak a new two-toned garment in white vinegar 10-15 minutes before washing for the first time to prevent color bleeding.


Laundry Stain Removal Remedies

1. Tough Set-in Landry Stains 
Mix 1 teaspoon liquid dawn dish washing detergent with 4 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide and 2 tablespoons baking soda. Scrub cleaning solution onto stain and allow to sit for a couple minutes then wash. Great stain remover for stubborn set-in stains!  

2. Blood Stains 
Treat blood stains immediately they usually set after 24 hours. Pour white vinegar onto blood stain and soak for 5-10 minutes then blot with a towel or wash immediately if possible. 

3. Brighten Whites 
Soak whites in a tub of warm water with 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of baking soda. After several hours rinse with warm water and dry. 

Add 1/2 cup of lemon juice to wash to brighten whites.

Soak garments overnight in 12 parts warm water and 1 part white vinegar. 

4. Coffee and Soda Stains 
Pour a bit of vinegar on coffee stain or soda stain and wash. 

5. Collar and Cuff Rings 
Mix 2 parts white vinegar with 3 parts baking soda and apply onto stain leaving the paste on the garment for one hour before washing. 

6. Crayon Stains
Dip an old toothbrush into white vinegar and rub onto crayon marks then wash. 

7. Deodorant Marks 
Gently rub spot with white vinegar before laundering. 

8. Fabric Softener 
Use the same proportions as you would with liquid fabric softener and use white vinegar instead for a much lower cost fabric softener. 

9. Grass Stains 
Pour a bit of vinegar on grass stain and wash as usual. 

Apply some toothpaste and rub into grass stain for a minute or so then wash. 
(Caution: toothpaste can damage some fabrics. Test small area first.)

10. Grease Splatters  
Immediately apply baking soda to soak up grease splatter to prevent the stain from setting into the fabric. 

11. Gum Removal 
Remove gym from clothing with an old toothbrush and warm vinegar. 

Rub an ice cube over gum until it hardens and is easily removable. 

12. Hair Dye  
Dab hair dye stain with white vinegar then wash. Add 1-2 cups of vinegar into the washing machine for stubborn stains. 

13. Ink Stains 
Immediately spray ink stain with hair spray and wash in cold water. If the stain is still visible apply a solution of white vinegar and water and gently rub into the stain and wash a second time. 

Mix 2 parts vinegar with 3 parts cornstarch and rub paste into ink stain leaving the paste on stain until it dries then wash in the washing machine. 

14. Ketchup Stains 
Dab ketchup stain with white vinegar before washing in the machine. 

15. Lip Stick 
Create a mixture of lemon juice and salt then apply onto stain allowing it to air dry. 

16. Lint Remover & Prevention 
Use a dryer sheet to remove lint and to add a fresh scent.

Add a cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle to keep lint off clothes. 

17. Mud 
Allow mud to dry then brush off built-up dirt then soak in a solution of warm water, detergent and vinegar for 15 minutes before washing. 

18. Old Stains 
Mix 3 tablespoons of white vinegar with 2 tablespoons liquid detergent and one quart warm water. Rub the solution into the stain then blot and run through the machine. 

19. Pencil Stains
Use an art gum eraser to lift off stain; avoid hard rubbing. 

20. Perspiration Stains 
Grind up two aspirin and mix with equal parts of lemon juice, vinegar and water to create a paste. Rub paste onto fabric stain and leave on for an hour before washing in the machine. 

Soak the shirt in a mixture of hot water and salt allowing the garment to air dry before washing. 

Pour vinegar directly onto perspiration stain and rub into the fabric before washing. 

21. Rust Stains
Make a paste using lemon juice and salt and rub into stain allowing to dry in the sun. 

Moisten stain with white vinegar then rub in a pinch of salt and allow the garment to dry in the sun. 

22. Reshape Wool Sweaters
Stretch shrunk woolen sweater by boiling for 25 minutes in a solution of 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water. After boiling stretch garment into original shape then air dry. 

23. Shine ( iron scorch clothing shine) 
Erase iron shine by gently brushing the area with an old toothbrush dipped in a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar then blot dry with a white towel. 

24. Scorch Marks
Erase iron scorch marks by rubbing the spot with a cloth dampened with white vinegar then blotting with a clean towel until removed. 

25. Sharpen Pant Creases
Lightly spray pant crease with a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water then iron. 

For extra sharp creases moisten clothing with a mixture of one part white vinegar and 2 parts water then place a paper bag over crease and iron. 

26. Static Electricity 
Substitute a dryer sheet with a ball of aluminum foil. Replace foil after one year. 

Add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle to remove static cling. 

27. Suede Grease Stains 
Dip an old toothbrush in white vinegar then gently brush over the stain then allow to air dry. 

28. Tar Stains
Pour a bit of vinegar on tar stain then wash in the machine as usual. 

29. Ultimate Stain Remover 
For set-in stains mix one teaspoon dishwashing detergent, 3-4 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide and 2 tablespoons baking soda. Dab mixture onto stain then gently scrub with a small brush then allow to sit for 5 minutes before washing as usual. 

30. Un-stick Zippers  
Add a little oil to teeth of the zipper with a Q-tip to lubricate. 

31. Vinyl Stains
Spot check before trying any stain removal methods.

Grease or oil stains can be removed by lightly sponging surface with a barely dampened sponge with dry-cleaning solvent. Do not make more than a few strokes with the sponge or may change the appearance of the vinyl and possibly ruin the finish. 
Can also try cleaning stain with water and liquid dishwashing detergent with a bit of white vinegar or ammonia. Blot with a lightly dampened sponge, do not rub. 

32. White Marks from Old Hem Lines 
To remove white marks left behind after taking down a hem dip an old toothbrush into some water and "diluted white vinegar" and gently brush onto old hemline mark then apply a warm iron. Repeat if necessary. 

    33. Wine Stains 
    Dab stain with white vinegar then wash the garment in the washing machine. 

    34. Water Soluble Stains  
    Beer, orange, and other fruit juices, coffee, tea, and vomit by blotting with a white vinegar-moistened cloth then washing. For stubborn stains soak garment overnight in 3 parts white vinegar and 1 part cold water the wash the next day.

    35. Protein Stains 
    Baby food and formula, milk, blood, cheese sauces, mud, cream, pudding, egg, urine, feces, vomit, gelatin, white glue, and ice cream can be removed by soaking and agitating in cold water before washing.   ( Do not use hot water! it cooks protein making stain more difficult to remove.)

    36. Tannin Stains 
    Alcoholic beverages, beer, berries, coffee, cologne, felt-tip water colored pens or washable ink, fruit juice, soft drinks, tea and tomato juice are usually removed by detergent (not soap) washing in hot water.  

    37. Oil Based Stains  
    Automotive oil, hair oil, bacon fat, hand lotion, butter, mayonnaise, collar, and cuff greasy rings, salad dressings, cooking fats and oils, suntan oil and face creams can be removed by pre-treating with a heavy-duty liquid detergent then washing in hot water. Repeat before drying if stain not completely gone. 

    38. Dye Stains  
    Cherry, blueberry, color bleeding in the wash, felt-tip pen, grass, ink, kool-aid, mustard, tempera paint stain are very difficult to remove. First pre-treat stain with heavy-duty liquid detergent, and rinse thoroughly. Soak stained garment in a diluted solution of all-fabric powdered bleach. (Since bleaches can alter color of fabric bleach the whole garment not just area of stain.) 

    39. Paint
    Use rubbing alcohol to remove paint stains! Apply rubbing alcohol onto the area of clothing with paint stain and use an old toothbrush to brush away paint. Watch the paint crumble and wash away. 

    40. Chemical Solvent Solutions 
    Heavy-duty liquid detergents: (Era, Fab, Grease Relief, Tide, Wisk)                                                                                           
    Light-duty liquid detergents: (Delicare, Ivory, Lux, Woolite)                                                                                                       
    Powdered detergents (Amway, Cheer, Dash, Oxydol, Sears, Tide)                                                              
    Hydrogen Peroxide, Clorox 2, Biz, Borateem, Snowy, Vivid, Clorox, Purex                                            
    Note: Liquid bleaches have a shelf life of 6 months.                                                                                                                                      
    Colorfastness Test for chlorine bleaches: 
    Mix 1 tablespoon bleach with 1/4 cup water. Use eyedropper and test solution on hidden seam. Let sit for two minutes, then blot dry. If there's no color change it's safe to use.                            

    Stain Removal Chemicals: 
    Alcohol, ammonia, enzyme pre-soak products, lemon juice and salt, nail polish remover, turpentine, white vinegar, dry cleaning solvent. 


    Home Remedies

    How to Spray Away Wrinkles 
    Mist dried wrinkled clothing with 1 part vinegar and 3 parts water then let air dry. 

    Avoid overloading the washer and dryer. 

    Use "warm" not "hot" water. 

    Use permanent press settings.
    Remove clothes from the dryer at the end of the cycle and don't over dry. 

    Hang on a hanger for wrinkles to "relax" and fall out.