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Laundry stain removal tips

Smudges, drips, drops, and smears - no matter what their source, the key to keeping them from ruining your favorite clothes is to take quick action before the stain gets the chance to dry.

For most fabrics, this means blotting up the excess or rinsing the stain with cold water. (Don't rub; this spreads the stain and grinds it in deeper.)

When mixed with water, powdered laundry detergents are especially effective at loosening ground-in dirt before washing so it can be carried away during the machine wash.

And liquid detergents can help make oil, grease, and food stains disappear.

And for those really resistant washday challenges: The stain removal tips below can help get rid of the unsightly mess.

  1  Blood Stain Removal Tips

The best way to remove blood stains is to rinse or presoak the garment in cold water and wash in cold water with your regular laundry detergent. 

Don't use chlorine bleach - it can actually make getting blood out of fabric more difficult.

Instead, use chlorine-free oxygen bleach.

  2  Removing Chewing Gum

To remove gum from 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  How to Remove Chocolate Stains

Chocolate stains are always a challenge - as they are usually set (and dry) by the time you get around to tackling them. These chocolate stain removal tips can help.

The key to removing chocolate stains from fabric is pretreating or presoaking the 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 applying the stain removal method of choice, launder as usual.

  4  Getting Coffee Stains Out

To remove a coffee stain, sponge with or soak the stained area in cold water. Apply a pretreating product on the stain. Wash as usual and air-dry; repeat if the coffee stain remains.

  5  How to Remove Makeup Stains

To remove makeup stains on clothes, pretreat the spot with a prewash stain remover or undiluted liquid laundry detergent.

Wash the garment in the wash water temperature recommended on the item's label. 

Check that the makeup 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  How to Remove Crayon Stains

To remove crayon stains from clothes, start by scraping off surface 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  Getting Grass Stains Out of Clothes

To get grass stains out of clothes, presoak or prewash the garment in warm water in a laundry bucket or your washing machine (using the presoak setting) with a detergent containing enzymes. Launder as usual with chlorine bleach if it' safe for the fabric. If the cleaning label advises against it, use oxygen bleach instead.

  8  How to Remove Ink Stains

To remove an ink stain, place the stain over the mouth of a jar or glass. Hold the fabric taut. Drip rubbing alcohol through the stain so the ink will drop into the container as the soil is removed. Rinse thoroughly and launder as usual.

  9  Juice Stain Removal

To remove a juice stain, soak the stained area in cold water, then apply a pretreating product on the stain. Launder 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, douse the garment with a diluted solution of bleach and launder as recommended for the garment. For mildewed leather, brush on an antiseptic mouthwash.

  11  Sweat and Deodorant Stains Removal

To remove sweat stains, use a prewash stain remover; if the sweat stains are old, apply white vinegar. Rinse, then launder using oxygen bleach in the hottest water that's safe to use with the fabric.

  12  How to Remove Urine Stains

To remove urine stains on clothes, cover with salt 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 the item's fabric care label.

  13 How to Remove Wine Stains

To remove wine stains, generously sprinkle salt on the site of the 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.

  14  How to Remove Mud Stains

Brush off as much of the surface dirt as possible. Pretreat or presoak with a laundry detergent. Launder as usual. 

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