10 Quick Tips for Removing Stains from Clothing (2023)

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You're out to dinner, and you drop a sauce-covered fork on your white dress. You're playing outside and realize your knees are covered in grass stains. You give your sweetie a few extra kisses, but you get lipstick on his collar.

We spend so much time in our favorite clothes, it's impossible that we're never, ever going to mess them up. You never see stains coming, but they seem to have you targeted (like the grease that jumps right out of the pan onto your shirt!)


Whether it's your favorite top, that dress your best friend doesn't know you borrowed, or your son's brand new shorts, don't sigh in frustration just yet. Those seemingly impossible stains — red wine, blood, tea — aren't so tough when you attack them from the right angle. We've got 10 tips and tricks for knocking those unwanted spots right off your fabrics.

It's important to note that not all fixes work every single time, so don't give up completely if a particular hack doesn't get a stain completely out. Keep trying – it's likely that eventually a tactic will work. The other cardinal rule of stain removal is never, ever run a garment through a heated dryer unless you're totally sure the stain has been removed. Doing so will only cause the stain to set and thus become a permanent, annoying part of your life.

What? You don't believe that we can help you get the ink out of your favorite jeans? You'll just have to click ahead and see it for yourself. We'll start with attacking on-the-spot.


  1. Emergency Spot Remover
  2. Grass Stains
  3. Blood Stains
  4. Collar Stains
  5. Lipstick Stains
  6. Grease Spots
  7. Oil Stains
  8. Ink Stains
  9. Red Wine
  10. Tea Stains

10: Emergency Spot Remover

Red wine or tomato soup simply doesn't go with the outfit you so painstakingly put together for that special evening. If you spill something on your clothes while you're out and about, don't panic. Just follow a couple of simple steps to banish that troublesome stain! First, be sure never to scrub or rub a spilled substance. Instead, dab carefully with a white cloth. Don't have a white cloth handy? In a pinch, a piece of white bread will work, a hack that's extra helpful if you're in a restaurant!

An oil-based stain, like from a salad dressing, can also be handled with tableside ingredients. Simply sprinkle it with salt, allow it to sit for a bit and then brush the seasoning off the garment. Voila! The salt should have absorbed the oil.


Then, continue addressing the stain at hand by spot treating with whatever you have available. Obviously, a stain pen would be great, but club soda or plain water works well, too. Do not apply too heavily, instead use the corner of a napkin. Then continue blotting until the stain is completely gone [source: Leverette].

If you're near a laundry machine — say, a romantic dinner at home? — you can create a simple but powerful stain remover by combining lemon juice with cream of tartar. Wash it like normal, and those marks you thought would be there forever will be long gone.

9: Grass Stains

Nothing sucks the fun out of a pickup baseball game quite like an unsightly grass stain. If you cringe at the thought of your kids roughhousing in the yard because of the work you'll have to put into their clothes afterwards, worry no more. Grass stains aren't as invincible as they seem.

One of the coolest ways to get grass stains out involves a product we all have – toothpaste! Grass stains on clothes can be removed with an old toothbrush and plain white toothpaste; just make sure you use a paste variety and not a gel. Squeeze a small amount of the toothpaste onto the stain, then dip the toothbrush in clean water and use it to scrub away the stain. Repeat this process as needed to treat all of the stain(s). Rinse the area and launder the clothing as usual. Now you can steal home plate without a second thought. Incidentally, toothpaste can also remove ink spots with aplomb! [source: Baker]. Who knew?


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8: Blood Stains

If you cut yourself, you're probably more focused on finding a bandage and possibly on not fainting than you are on keeping your clothes pristine. Once you're all fixed up and the dust settles, a stained garment just adds insult to literal injury. However, you don't have to slave for hours trying to get the blood stain out. Just use our quick and easy trick to turn the pain into a distant memory!

To remove spots of blood from clothing, use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide — the kind you find in the first-aid section of the drugstore. Soak the stain with the peroxide, use your fingernail or the blade of a butter knife to help loosen and scrape away the blood, then rinse it away with more hydrogen peroxide. Then launder as normal. In most cases, you'll have better luck removing stains — especially blood stains — if you treat them immediately after they happen, before the stains have a chance to dry.


Don't fret too much if you don't have easy access to hydrogen peroxide, however. No matter what you call it, cola/soda/pop is adept at addressing blood stains in a pinch. All you have to do is soak the stain, ideally overnight, in the soda. Then, wash as normal.

Yet another method for removing blood from clothing is to wet the stained area of the fabric with water, sprinkle it with plain old table salt, rub one half of the stain against the other to work in the salt and loosen the stain, then immediately launder the garment the way you usually do [source: Shea].

7: Collar Stains

You don't need a special stain remover or laundry pre-treater to banish ring around the collar. Instead, an item that you surely have lurking in your shower will take care of business!

Whether it's on work shirts or Sunday best, staining around the collar can be easily vanquished with a touch of something you're pretty much guaranteed to have in the house — shampoo. Just pour a little shampoo onto the collar, rub the collar together to work the shampoo in well, allow it to soak for about 15 to 30 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. Follow-up by laundering as usual. Although any shampoo will likely do the trick, some experts recommend using a brand that's formulated specifically for oily hair because it is designed to break down body oils, grit and other stuff that transfers from skin to collar [source: Taylor].


For a convenient and thrifty twist on this traditional tip, bring home the complimentary bottles of shampoo from hotels for a free package of ring-around-the-collar remover!

6: Lipstick Stains

If you've been kissing too much on your sweetheart's collar, we've got just the laundry trick for you! Experts say that lipstick is often one of the toughest stains to remove since there are so many colors and formulations. The type of fabric stained is also a major factor. In fact, if the stain is on a garment made of cashmere, wool or silk it's probably best to opt for professional cleaning.

For anything else, you should carefully scrape any extra lipstick off. Then, put down some paper towels on a hard surface. Place the affected area on the paper towels with the stained side facing down. Then, take a dish detergent with grease-attacking properties and apply it to the back of the stain. Next, flip the garment over to stain side up. Carefully scrub the area using a clean toothbrush. Do not rinse the piece. Instead, put it in the washing machine on the gentle cycle and wash as normal. Repeat the steps until the stain is a thing of the past [source: Gibbs]!


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5: Grease Spots

You probably have your work cut out for you on laundry day if the people pitter-pattering around your home prefer to wipe their hands on their clothes, rather than the perfectly good napkins you provided. This is particularly frustrating when delicious, but greasy meals like fried chicken are served up. Not only do stubborn grease stains often refuse to come out, they also never seem to blend into the fabric, so you can't just pretend they're not there.

Don't worry too much if this sounds like your life. Instead, hit the pantry and try this trick: Sprinkle the spot with cornstarch. Allow the cornstarch to soak up the grease for a few minutes, and then brush it away. The grease spot will lift right out, and you can get back to trying to convince everyone to use napkins instead of their clothes.


Another fantastic fix for grease spots is WD-40. That's right, the spray that takes the squeak out of door hinges and such. Simply spray the substance on the stain and let it soak in for up to 30 minutes. Follow up by treating with a little bit of dish soap or liquid laundry detergent, once again allowing it to sit for 30 minutes. Once that's all said and done, run it through the washing machine per usual and then hang it out to air dry, since running a stain through the dryer virtually ensures that it'll never go away [source: Kerr].

4: Oil Stains

If you have unsightly stains on your pillowcase, don't worry because you are absolutely not alone. Pillows often get stained by sweat and natural body oils. Sometimes, simply tossing them in the washer will do the trick and lift the stain right out. But if this standard fix isn't cutting it and the frustration is keeping you up at night, it's probably time to try another tactic.

Oily stains on pillowcases can be removed with plain shampoo or even liquid dish detergent. Simply apply to the area, rub it in and allow to sit for a little while. Rinse it out and then launder as you would normally. It's that easy!


Another fun fix involves something every parent has lying around – white chalk. All you have to do is rub the chalk over the oil stain, then let it set for about 15 minutes. Shake or brush off any extra chalk bits, then wash as normal [source: SFGate].

You can keep the problem from spiraling out of control in the future by following a few steps on laundry day. If you notice oil stains just pre-treat them with liquid laundry detergent before popping them in the washer. Then, be sure to launder using hot water and with a detergent that has enzymes. For lighter-colored sheets, it's also advised to include 3/4 cup of bleach for extra oomph. [source: Dr. Laundry].

3: Ink Stains

If you've ever been naïve enough to stick a ballpoint pen in your pocket for safe keeping, you probably learned there's nothing safe about ink exploding all over your clothes. Don't give up on those jeans yet —they may not be beyond repair. However, not all ink types are the same, so the treatment varies accordingly.

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If you get ballpoint pen ink on a piece of clothing, put a paper towel under the stain. Then, apply some standard rubbing alcohol to the affected area. Larger stains may need to soak for up to 15 minutes. Blot/sponge at the stain with a clean cloth until you notice that ink is no longer being transferred. Rinse, apply a pre-treatment (if you have one) and wash as usual in hot water.


Ink from a felt-tip pen is often a little tougher, but still totally possible to remove. Experts recommend that the stain be rinsed thoroughly in cold water. Next, soak the garment in hot water treated with some liquid laundry detergent. Add a little ammonia as well, if you have it. Make sure it's all mixed up, add the item and rub the stain gently. Allow it to soak for 30 to 60 minutes, or even overnight if the stain really doesn't want to go away. Once it appears to be gone, rub in a little more detergent, then launder [source: Smith].

2: Red Wine

That glass of red wine looks far better in your hand than on your clothes! Fortunately, all it takes it a little elbow grease and some common household items to vanquish that unfortunate stain.

If the red wine stain is fresh, soak up the spill by immediately sprinkling it with baking soda. Gently dab the stain with a clean, damp cloth to absorb wine. Do not scrub or rub! Next, as soon as possible, stretch the stained fabric over a large bowl or kettle, secure the fabric (a large rubber band is ideal) and apply a layer of salt to the stain and let it set for about five minutes. Then, carefully pour boiling water over the fabric. Experts recommend that you do this from about eight inches higher than the stain, so that the water has enough power to properly flush it out. Lastly, pop it in the washing machine on the highest water heat possible [source: Real Simple].


1: Tea Stains

If you have fabrics with tea stains, don't despair. As long as you didn't burn yourself when you spilled the mug, there's nothing to worry about. First things first – as soon as possible, rinse the stain with cold water. Don't forget to run the water from the back of the stain, rather than over top of it! This helps it to come out the side it came in, rather than pushing it all the way through the material. Next, grab any old liquid detergent and rub it into the stain. Let stand for a minimum of five minutes. Dried stains should be soaked in cold water (with detergent applied) for about 30 minutes. Then, rinse the stain.

Yet another trick is to treat wet tea stains with a generous amount of baking soda. Ideally, the powder will pull the color out of the clothing! Then, launder as normal [source: Aguirre].

See? No need to cry over spilled tea.

Originally Published: Sep 9, 2010

Removing Clothing Stains FAQ

Can you remove a stain after drying?

Yes, it is possible to remove a stain after clothing is dry, but it's better to attack the stain immediately after it happens and avoid putting the item of clothing in the dryer until you're sure the stain is removed to your satisfaction.

Can old stains be removed from clothes?

It depends on the stain and the piece of clothing. The Spruce recommends saturating old stains in vinegar and then rubbing the stain with a paste made from a mix of baking soda and vinegar.

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Can baking soda remove old stains?

Yes, baking soda can lift stains from many kinds of fabric. Arm & Hammer suggests making a pre-treating paste made of 6 tablespoons of baking soda and ⅓ cup warm water. Be sure to test it on the garment first, then apply the paste to the clothing, let dry and put it in the wash.

What causes brown stains on clothes after washing?

Benzoyl peroxide and rust can both cause brown stains on clothing, however you also may have an issue within the washing machine itself caused by rust, corrosion or buildup.

Will vinegar take color out of clothes?

On the contrary, many colored clothing items that have become dulled can be brightened by soaking it in 1 gallon warm water and 1 cup vinegar. Follow this with a clear water rinse.

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10 Quick Tips for Removing Stains from Clothing? ›

Apply isopropyl alcohol to the stain and blot with a clean napkin or cloth, according to Good Housekeeping. You might want to place a paper towel under the fabric to prevent the alcohol from soaking through. You should see the stain start to dissolve almost immediately.

How do you get stains out of clothes ASAP? ›

Apply isopropyl alcohol to the stain and blot with a clean napkin or cloth, according to Good Housekeeping. You might want to place a paper towel under the fabric to prevent the alcohol from soaking through. You should see the stain start to dissolve almost immediately.

How do you get rid of stains in 10 minutes? ›

Use some dish soap and water to remove makeup and oil-based food stains. Dab or scrape as much of the stain off as possible. Pour some dish soap onto the stain and wait 10 to 15 minutes. Gently rub the stain with a damp towel.

What is the best homemade stain remover for clothes? ›

White vinegar is a magical stain remover to have on hand in your laundry room. You can leave your clothes soft and fresh with just three minutes of simple soaking time in distilled white vinegar before adding them to your washing machine. It's safe on fabrics--no artificial chemicals or fabric softeners needed!

What removes tough stains easily? ›

Use a solution of 50 percent vinegar and 50 percent water on the stain. Apply liberally and then treat with laundry soap and water. “DO NOT put the garment in the dryer until you have seen that the stain is gone,” he warns.

Does rubbing alcohol remove stains? ›

Alcohol. Denatured alcohol and isopropyl alcohol are degreasing agents that work best as spot cleaners, removing surface soils that aren't affected by soap or detergent. Denatured alcohol and isopropyl alcohol will safely remove stains from many fabrics.

Does hydrogen peroxide remove stains? ›

Oxidizable stains are usually brightly colored, such as juice. These stains are removed by using a bleaching agent, for example, hydrogen peroxide. These oxidizing agents break down the color-causing components of chemical structures so that the stain becomes invisible!

What is a home remedy for stubborn stains? ›

Combine hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and salt to brush into the stain. Follow up with a cold cycle wash. Soak your shirt overnight in equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water before treating the stain. Use dish soap with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to lift the stain before washing.

Are stains removed faster in hot or cold water? ›

Typically, cold water works great on blood, as well as food, beverages and water-based paint, while hot water works best on protein-based stains. Unfortunately, there's no golden rule to stain removal. For example, most food stains should be soaked in cold water, unless it's egg, mustard or a tomato-based product.

Does peroxide and Dawn remove stains? ›

Hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing liquid is one of the best stain removers around. Nurses have long known that this is the magic solution to getting rid of blood stains, and you can also use it on stains like mustard, ketchup, and even red wine. Scrub until the stain is gone, then launder as usual.

Does Dawn work as a stain remover? ›

Dish soap can be applied to stains before you run the wash, to better prevent them from settling into the fabric. Handwashing small loads: Dawn® Platinum can help remove stubborn oil and food stains, making it an ideal option for handwashing small loads of laundry.

How do you remove set in stains that have been washed and dried? ›

For this you can either fill a container with enough vinegar to completely cover the stain, and place the item in to soak, or, you can mix several tablespoons of white vinegar and your favorite laundry detergent in a bucket of water and soak the stain overnight.

Does vinegar remove stains? ›

Distilled white vinegar is actually one of the best stain removers we have been given from nature. Found in invariably every household, it is mildly acidic, so acetic vinegar removes the tough spots and blotches without ruining the fabric of your clothes.

What is the hardest thing to get out from a stain? ›

Tomato Sauce

The tomato meat sauce is one of the hardest stains to remove because of the grease and oil that come along with the mix. Luckily for you, you can continue eating your favorite pepperoni pizza or Italian spaghetti as long as you know how to clean tomato sauce stains.

Is hydrogen peroxide or rubbing alcohol better for stains? ›

Rubbing alcohol gets out ink stains from clothes and walls. Hydrogen Peroxide gets out fresh blood stains quickly and economically.

Will peroxide and vinegar remove stains? ›

Spray with white vinegar, let sit for 20 minutes, and blot up. If the stain persists, apply a mixture of 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and 3 tablespoons cold water. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with water and blot dry.

Can hand sanitizer remove stains from clothes? ›

Because the main ingredient in most hand sanitizers is alcohol, you can use it to treat anything that rubbing alcohol can typically tackle. That means you can trust it to get rid of pen marks, hot sauce stains, grease, grass stains and makeup of almost every kind—including lipstick.

How do hotels keep their sheets so white? ›

Most hotels use peroxide-based laundry detergents to keep their sheets and towels bright. While these compounds are extremely successful at preventing white linens from greying or yellowing, they do necessitate some amount of knowledge. When used incorrectly, they might cause damage to your linens.

How much Dawn and peroxide does it take to remove stains? ›

I recommend making it in small batches as it works better fresh. However much you are making, just add twice as much hydrogen peroxide as you do the detergent. So for a small stain mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn with two teaspoons of peroxide. For a large batch 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide to ½ cup detergent works!

What happens when you mix hydrogen peroxide and dish soap? ›

“When you add peroxide to dish soap, it breaks down into oxygen and water. The soapy water then traps that oxygen, creating bubbles, making your dish soap extra foamy.”

What is the best product to get out set in stains? ›

OxiClean has the best overall value for its ability to tackle tough, set-in stains on clothes and throughout other household areas. We think it's the best laundry stain cleaner on the market and can replace several products in the laundry room. OxiClean is also easy to use in most cases.

Why do some stains not come out? ›

The most likely reason is time. When it comes to stain removal, time is the biggest factor. The age of the stain often determines whether it's removable or not. If treated quickly enough, in the hands of a trained professional, almost any stain can be removed from almost any fabric.

What does cold water do to stains? ›

It can remove many stains from clothing, including grass on your kid's jeans or makeup smudges on a sweater. Delicate fabrics (lace and silk) and dark, colorful fabrics actually do best in cold water. Not all stains respond to warmer water. For example, blood and sweat can actually set into fabric in hot water.

What happens if you wash clothes in cold water instead of warm? ›

Cold water is the most energy-efficient way to wash laundry. Clothes are less likely to shrink when washed in cold water. The fabric is less likely to fade nor will the colors bleed in cold water.

Is it OK to wash towels in cold water? ›

According to Brian Sansoni, the senior vice president of communications for the American Cleaning Institute, “Most laundry can now be done in cold water. That should be the default.” And yes, he includes towels in that statement. This is good news for your wallet!

How long to leave hydrogen peroxide on clothes to remove stain? ›

Wash the stained item with cold water and normally used soap or detergent. You can also soak the entire garment in a bowl of hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the stained clothing from the hydrogen peroxide and rinse it out in cold water.

What peroxide is best for stain removal? ›

Hydrogen peroxide is a very effective stain remover for protein- and plant-based stains. And it works well in treating mildew, blood, fruit and vegetable, and dye-transfer stains.

Can you leave Dawn on clothes overnight? ›

P.S. If you try this at home, the one choice I made that I think helped to remove the stains was letting the dish soap and water mixture sit on the shirt overnight. (My mother-in-law also swears by letting the dish soap soak into the stain for a while).

Is there an instant stain remover? ›

Tide to go is an instant stain remover designed to help eliminate some of the toughest fresh food and drinks stains on the spot. Thanks to its powerful cleaning solution, this easy-to-handle stain removing pen gets small stains out of your clothes before they set in.

What is the best stain remover for stubborn stains on clothes? ›

1. Chlorine Bleach and Color-Safe Bleach. Diluted household bleach is one of the most effective stain removers for clothes and linens. Always check clothing labels for directions on the use of bleach.

What is the most popular stain remover? ›

Our top pick for the best laundry stain remover is the Shout Advanced Grease Busting Foam. This affordable stain remover received perfect scores for ease of use, effectiveness, and value. It features stain-removing ingredients that dissolve tough grease stains, and it's safe to use on machine washable fabrics.

What is a stain that Cannot be removed? ›

Greasy / Oil Stains – such as hand lotion, hair mousse, lard and butter. Oxidisable Stains – key ingredient in alcoholic drinks, coffee and tea (without milk) and soft drinks. Particulate Stains – such as mud and ground in dirt. Combination Stains – these stains can be a mix of two or more of the above stain types.

What breaks down stains? ›

Specifically, proteases will break down proteins by breaking the larger molecules into smaller, soluble chunks. Human sweat stains can also be removed by proteases. Other molecules that can be broken down by enzymes include fats, broken down by lipases, and starch, broken down by amylases.

How do you make homemade stain remover? ›

  1. Mix 1-part Dawn dishwashing liquid and 2-parts hydrogen peroxide in a *dark spray bottle or bowl. ( ...
  2. Spray or pour Miracle Cleaner directly on the stain, launder as usual and watch it disappear like MAGIC.
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What is the best cycle to remove stains? ›

To get them out, use cold water to remove what you can of the stain, then apply an enzyme detergent. Once you let that sit, wash the garment in hot water or the warmest setting recommended on the care tag to remove the rest of the stain.

What is the strongest chemical to remove stains? ›

1. Chlorine Bleach and Color-Safe Bleach. Diluted household bleach is one of the most effective stain removers for clothes and linens.

Does Dawn and vinegar remove stains? ›

Mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1 tbsp. of dish soap, and water in a spray bottle. Spray the area liberally and let soak for 5-10 minutes and then blot again with a clean, dry towel until stain is removed.

How long to leave white vinegar on a stain? ›

To remove stains with vinegar via pre-treating, you can dilute the vinegar with water (vinegar 1:3 Water) or soak in undiluted vinegar and allow garments to soak between 15-30 mins or even overnight depending on the stubbornness of the stain.

How long to soak in vinegar to remove stains? ›

Pour a cup or two of white vinegar in a small bowl, then submerge the stain in the vinegar. Allow the stain to sit and soak for 30 minutes.

Is one of the most difficult stains to remove? ›

Egg (Enzymatic Stain)

Egg can be difficult to remove from your clothes, and it is always better to deal with this particular type of stain as soon as possible. But then, you may not be able to wash the stain off right away, especially if you're out of your house at the time.


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