Getting rid of stains on clothes

How to Remove Stains from Clothes

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Remove Stains from Clothes

Discovering that our favourite garment are stained is a fairly common situation, and it is clear you do not want to throw away that shirt or pair of trousers that fit you best, so it is important to know how to resolve this domestic problem, and know that each stain must be treated differently. No more running to the dry cleaners in search of help, here are some tricks to remove the most common stains on clothes at home.

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Steps to follow:


While we eat we can get our clothes dirty with oil or fat. If the stain is recent, apply some talcum powder, leave to dry and then clean with a brush, water and detergent. If the stain has dried and has some time you must soak the garment overnight in a mixture of mostly vinegar with water, then wash the area with soap.

If the oil stain is on your shoe, take a look at the following article: How to get rid of oil stains on shoes or from clothes.

How to Remove Stains from Clothes - Step 1

Coffee is one of the great enemies of our clothing, but mixing alcohol with white vinegar and water will create a liquid that, when applied to the affected area, will help to fade the stain. Egg yolks are also effective in white fabrics like linen and wool, apply and wash the garment.

How to Remove Stains from Clothes - Step 2

Delicious chocolate is the adversary of those who wash clothes for children. When this kind of stain crosses your path, apply carbonated water on the stain. If it is old you should leave the garment to soak for a few hours in very hot soapy water.

How to Remove Stains from Clothes - Step 3

If lipstick has come into contact with some of your clothes you can rub the stain with white chalk, Vaseline or classic toothpaste and the problem will disappear. You can find more ideas in the following article: How to remove lipstick stains from clothes.

When it comes to other types of make up such as blush you can apply washing up liquid or shampoo or soak in a mixture of water with lemon. Check out how to get rid of liquid foundation too.

How to Remove Stains from Clothes - Step 4

Mold, enemy of coats, can be a big problem especially when it comes to a new garment with little use. First let the item air outdoors for a day, then dip it in a mixture of water, lime and soda or freshly boiled milk. For more home remedies, take a look at how to remove mildew stains from clothes.


Usually when dying hair an old garment is used, but if the hair dye has left its mark in an unwanted place there are several solutions. If it is a water-based stain and the stain is recent apply the dye shampoo on it, if it has dried you can apply detergent spray used to clean toilets.

How to Remove Stains from Clothes - Step 6

Sauces are a nightmare when they fall onto our clothes, to eliminate these mix cold water with washing up liquid detergent and let the garment soak for a few hours, then wash normally.

How to Remove Stains from Clothes - Step 7

Nail varnish also damages our clothes, if some has fallen onto a garment avoid using polish remover because it can cause the varnish to extend more, however try with thinner or olive oil but only on the affected area. Whenever you use thinner always remember to try it on an inconspicuous part of the fabric first.

If you need more ideas, check our article How to get rid of nail polish on clothes.

How to Remove Stains from Clothes - Step 8

Though we usually use discarded clothes, we may get something stained while painting our house, children painting on a piece of paper or others. There are differences in how we should clean paint, depending on the base of his one.

For water-based paint, you should always remove it while it hasn't dried as you won't be able to remove it otherwise. Rinse the clothes item in warm water and wash in the washing machine.

For oil-based paint, use the same treatment as we would use with nail varnish.

How to Remove Stains from Clothes - Step 9

It's quite common to be drinking juice and accidentally staining our shirt. Fear not, you can wash it with bleach specific for fabric and the stain will disappear.

How to Remove Stains from Clothes - Step 10

If you haven't found the stain you need to remove in this article or want to know more ways of removing stains at home, OneHowto offers other articles you may find useful:

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  • If you try to remove a stain at home and only make it worse do not insist on the matter and take it to a dry cleaner for a solution.
  • Avoid the effort when it comes to a very old garments, if it already has many stains it is time to throw it away and buy a new one.
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