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 laundry stain removal tips can help you get tough stains out - and keep your favorite clothes in the weekly rotation.
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.
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.
Pre-treat or pre-wash a chocolate stained garment in warm water with a laundry detergent that contains enzymes.Or, try Whink Wash Away Laundry Stain Remover - one of the best laundry products for stain removal around. It is specially formulated to remove the most difficult stains and heavy soiling, including chocolate, grease, blood, grass, barbecue sauce and coffee.
After, apply your stain treater of choice, lauder as usual.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.