How to Get the Toughest Stains Out of Clothes

Updated: Oct 21

It’s probably one of the most bacteria-ridden items on this planet.

That is, a children’s laundry basket. For families who can’t afford a maid cleaning service, then it could be prudent to come up with a DIY method to deal with these tough stains yourself.

Here’s a list of methods we came up with along with the Cleaning Institute that should help you with your next laundry cleaning adventure.

Use lemon juice to deal with grease stains

This might seem like an unorthodox strategy of sorts, but using lemon juice to deal with grease stains can prove quite effective. First, apply a paste of salt and lemon juice to remove the stain spot. You can also opt to use a combination of lemon juice and baking soda, too.

A top view of lemon juice by Marco Verch Professional via Flikr.

If you want to bleach your clothes, then soak the fabrics in ⅓ cup of lemon juice and ⅔ cup of water, then wash as you usually would. Always make sure to test this strategy first on a hidden area to ensure it won’t cause harm to the clothing fiber.

Try using white vinegar

By doing this, you will deodorize and cut the grease stain. First, try mixing equal parts of white vinegar and water to get rid of the brown/yellow grease spots. Of course, you can also use lemon juice for this step, too.

Distilled white vinegar by Artizone via Flikr.

For a more effective way to get grease stains out, try using undiluted vinegar on fabric; and apply it using a sponge or cloth.

Hydrogen peroxide can work for certain stains as well

For fruit, juice, grass and blood stains, hydrogen peroxide application is probably your best option.

Hydrogene peroxide disinfectant by Amanda Mills via Pixnio.

Simply mix one tablespoon of dish soap with one cup of hydrogen peroxide. Next, blot the mixture you have just concocted onto the stain, but make sure to place a towel underneath the clothing beforehand.

By doing this, you will enable your mixture to soak the stain from the bottom side.

Use cool water for chocolate stains

After you contract this stain, try cautiously—if you elect to do this haphazardly, then you risk spreading it on the surface of the fabric—scraping off the surfeit chocolate left on the fabric.

Swiss chocolate by anncapictures via Pixabay.

Once you get home from the event, make sure to soak the clothing in cool water. You can then pretreat it as a prewash stain remover and launder in the hot water that’s deemed safe for that specific type of fabric.

If the stain remains on the clothing, then try rewashing it using a bleach that is safe for fabric.

Use sodium hypochlorite bleach for coffee and tea stains

If you find what is probably one of the most commonly occurring stains out there, start with soaking or using a sponge with cool water on the coffee and/or tea stain.

Clorox by Mike Mozart via Flikr.

Next, pretreat it with prewash stain remover along with liquid laundry detergent. You can then launder it using sodium hypochlorite bleach if it is safe for the fabric or oxygen bleach.

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