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13 stain removal tips for clothes

It's Murphy's Law: if something can spill, drip, ooze, or run, it will do so all over your lucky shirt or favorite jeans.

Fortunately, once you know the stain removal tips, you can save your beloved shirt from ending up in the rag pile.

These 13 stain removal tips for clothes can help. 

1. blood stain removal tips.

Rinse or pre-soak the blood-stained clothes in cold water; then wash in cold water with your regular laundry detergent. 

Don't use chlorine bleach here - it can actually make blood stain removal more difficult. Instead, use chlorine-free oxygen bleach.

2. stain removal tips for chewing gum.

To remove chewing gum on clothes, start by rubbing the gummy spot with ice to harden it. Scrape away as much of the gum as possible with a dull knife. Saturate what remains with a pre-wash stain remover, rinse, and launder as usual.

3. chocolate stain removal tips.

Pre-treat or pre-wash a chocolate stained garment in warm water with a laundry detergent that contains enzymes. Then wash and dry as usual.

4. coffee stain removal tips.

Remove coffee stains on clothes by soaking the stained area (or the whole garment) in cold water. Apply a pre-treating product (such as undiluted laundry detergent) on the stain. Wash as usual and air-dry. Repeat the process if you can still see any of the coffee stain.

5. how to remove makeup stains.

To remove make up stains on clothes, pre-treat the spot with a pre-wash stain remover or undiluted laundry liquid.

Wash the garment in the wash water temperature recommended on the item's label. Check that the make up stain is removed before you pop it into the dryer. If not, repeat the process above and then send it for a spin in the dryer.

6. crayon stain removal tips.

To remove crayon stains on clothes, start by scraping off surface crayon wax with a dull knife. Soak the fabric in a product containing enzymes or oxygen bleach in the hottest water safe for the fabric. Launder using the hottest water it can withstand.

7. grass stain removal tips.

Pre-soak or pre-wash the grass stained clothes in warm water using your washing machine's pre-soak setting, adding a laundry detergent containing enzymes. Wash as usual with chlorine bleach if it's safe for the fabric, and pop in the dryer.

8. ink stain removal.

To remove ink stains from clothes, place the stained area over the top of a jar or glass. Hold the ink stain taut over the jar or glass, then slowly drip rubbing alcohol through the stain. The ink will drop into the container as it is removed from the clothes. Rinse thoroughly before laundering as usual.

9. how to remove grape juice stains.

To remove grape juice stains, soak the clothing in cold water, then apply a pre-treating product on the stain, such as undiluted laundry detergent.

Wash as usual following the care label instructions. Air-dry; do not place in dryer until the stain is completely gone.

10. how to remove mildew stains.

To remove mildew stains on clothes, douse the mildewed area with a diluted solution of bleach. Allow to sit for several minutes, and then wash as usual. For mildewed leather, lightly brush on an antiseptic mouthwash.

11. how to remove underarm stains.

Use a pre-wash stain remover to remove underarm stains. If the stains are old, apply white vinegar. Rinse, then launder using oxygen bleach in the hottest water that's safe to use on the fabric.

12. how to remove urine stains.

To remove urine stains on clothes, generously sprinkle salt on the freshly stained area until all excess liquid is absorbed. Rinse in cold water. If a residual stain remains, apply white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. Launder according to the instructions on fabric-care label.

13. red wine stain removal.

To remove wine stains, generously sprinkle salt on the site of a fresh wine stain to keep additional liquid from saturating the surface. Immerse item in cold water or a solution of borax for 30 minutes. Wash as label instructions recommend.

Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for all the stain removal products, supplies, and more you need to keep your laundry clean and bright - safely.

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Tara Aronson

Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.