Best DIY Tricks for Removing the Toughest Stains

If there is one inevitable, odious problem that constantly plagues humanity no matter what background or time period, it’s tough stains on clothing.

This goes even for the most punctual, decorous types. The introverted ones aren’t exempt either, since you will still have to eat at some point, which increases the likelihood you will inadvertently cause a stain on your own clothing.

Of course, stains aren’t limited to just apparel either. They can easily be promulgated on your hard surfaces and other places in your abode.

In this list, we’ve provided a list of the toughest stains out there and how to get rid of them if you want to try it on your own.

Ink stains

Blue ink on a wet background by Dave Croker via Wikimedia Commons.

These kinds of stains might seem nearly impossible to treat, but there are ways to get rid of ink stains. For starters, you need to stop the stain from spreading. So apply a border around the stain in the form of petroleum jelly.

Next, apply isopropyl alcohol with an eyedropper. Now dab the affected area with a cotton ball and mineral spirits to get rid of any surfeit residue. Finally, let the area dry and rinse it off with a dish-soap solution. This should get rid of the problem, or at least mitigate it to a great extent.

Coffee stains

Coffee stain texture by Jacob Gube via Wikimedia Commons.

This is probably one of the most common stains anyone will experience at some point in their lives, especially if they have to wake up early on a consistent basis.

First, take a spray bottle and combine one cup of white vinegar and water. Now spray this onto the stain, and pat with a damp cloth.

Then dab using diluted ammonia solution and finish it off by blotting it with a damp cloth, and followed up by a dry cloth. You can also repeat this process for tea stains, too.

Snow stains

Snow stain on a barnyard door by user via Pixhere.

One of the more unknown types of stains, it can also be fairly deduced that many people don’t know how to treat them either. To begin, first take a vinegar solution composed of one part white vinegar and water.

Next, pat with a towel from the outer boundaries of the stain toward its nexus. Round off the process by combining warm water and dish soap. Then remove all of the leftover contents with a damp towel. You can also note that this process works for salt, too.

Lipstick stains

Lipstick stain on collar by user via MaxPixel.

Another one of the more common stains, lipstick stains are actually quite easy to remediate and remove altogether. First, apply oil solvent and let the affected area dry off. After this, remove as much residue as you can.

Then take a liquid detergent and water droplets and combine to form suds, then rinse. Before rinsing off the area with cool water, use an eyedropper and diluted vinegar to remove if there is any coloring leftover.

Ice cream stains

A young child eating ice cream by Canon EOS 40d via MaxPixel.

For ice cream stains, the removal process is quite expedited and easy. First, flush the area with cool water. Next, apply a prewash stain-removal product concoction to the affected region and soak it in a sink filled with cool water along with a few drops of detergent.

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