Stain Removal ~ General Tips

Stain Removal ~ General Tips
With the right tools and methods, most stains can be removed from washable clothes. When a spill or stain happens, blot-do not rub-with a clean towel right away. If the garment is dry clean-only, then take it to a dry cleaner-do Make sure you point the stain out to your cleaner and tell them what it is so they can treat it properly. For machine-washable items, try treating the stain yourself, but always use caution. If a stain is severe or you are afraid of ruining the item, take it to a cleaner.

For all stains:

  • Always read care label instructions before attempting to remove the stain.
  • Scrape off dried or crusty matter with a dull knife before treating the stain.
  • If the stain persists after treating and laundering, do not put the garment in the dryer-heat will permanently set the stain.
  • For colored garments, test stain-removal technique on a hidden area first to make sure it won't bleach or fade the fabric.
  • Read instructions on stain-remover packaging-make sure it is safe to use on the fabric.
  • If attempts to remove the stain do not work, take the garment to a dry cleaner.
Stain fighting tool kit
Keep these items in your laundry room so you're ready to treat any kind of stain, any time it happens. You probably already have most of them in your kitchen!

  • Gentle liquid laundry detergent, such as Ivory Snow
  • Liquid detergent with bleach alternative, such as Tide with Bleach Alternative
  • Grease-fighting liquid dish soap, such as Dawn
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon juice
  • White vinegar
  • Glycerin
  • Salt
  • Dull knife or spoon
  • Old towels
  • Eyedropper
  • Plastic bucket