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5 Stubborn Stains & How To Treat Them

Curious about how to remove stains from clothes? Wiki Tips English has tips on taking care of the most stubborn household stains! Find out more here.


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When you’re thinking about how to remove stains from clothes, there are probably a few types of stain in particular that spring to mind. While there are some marks you can usually trust your washing machine and laundry detergent to take care of, some common household stains are notoriously stubborn. How do you shift a rust stain? What’s the secret to blood stain removal from clothing? We’ve listed some handy stain removal tips below!

When learning how to remove stains from clothes, it’s a common misconception that hot water is better for stain removal. In fact, that opposite is often true – if you’re dealing with a protein-based stain, like blood, then hot water can actually make it more difficult to remove. If in doubt, it’s best to try flushing stains with cold water first.

How to Remove Yellow Stains From Clothes

Nobody likes to see yellow sweat stains on a crisp white shirt – so how do you get rid of them? Follow these simple steps to remove yellow stains:

  1. Pre-treat problem areas. The armpits, collars and cuffs of shirts and the groin area of trousers are particularly prone to sweat build-up, so check these areas of clothes before putting them in the wash. If necessary, pre-treat any stains with a little neat liquid detergent (Breeze or Surf works well) or a paste made of washing powder and water before washing the clothes as normal. Alternatively, add a cup of white vinegar to a bowl of warm water and soak the garments in this solution for 2-3 hours before washing.

  2. Use a fragranced laundry detergent, like Surf, to banish any lingering odours.

  3. Line-dry wherever possible – outdoors, if you can. The sun will naturally help to lighten any yellowed areas, and the fresh air will help remove any smells that might still remain.

And for more information on how to remove yellow stains caused by deodorant

How To Remove Oil Stains From Clothes

If you’re a keen cook, chances are you’ll deal with oil stains on your clothes at one time or another! Here’s how to treat them:

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  1. Gently blot the stain with a paper towel or tissue. Don’t rub – the idea is to soak up as much of the oil as possible.

  2. Dishwashing soap is designed to cut through grease and oil, so use this to treat the stain – apply the dishwashing soap to the fabric and gently rub it into the stain with an old, clean toothbrush before flushing well with hot water. Repeat until the stain is gone.

  3. Wash as usual on the highest heat setting permitted by the garment care label. For the best results, use a high-performance biological detergent .

Want to know more about how to remove oil stains from clothes?

Blood Stain Removal from Clothes

Whether a little one has scraped their knee or you’ve just suffered a papercut, there are all kinds of reasons you might need to deal with a blood stain – but don’t panic! Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Time is of the essence, so act fast! If you can, wet the stain with cold water – you can either submerge the garment complete in a bowl or sink, or just hold the stained area under running cold water from the tap. If you’re not in a situation where you can remove the garment and soak it, use a cloth or paper towel soaked in cold water to dab at the stain.

  2. Apply soap – any soap will do, whether it’s hand soap or dishwashing liquid. Gently rub it into the stain, rinse with cold water, and repeat until the stain has faded.

  3. Wash as usual according to the instructions on the garment care label, and line-dry if possible. If the stain is not completely gone, the heat from a dryer will make it impossible to remove.

You can find more tips on blood stain removal from clothes

Removing Tomato Sauce and Ketchup Stains From Clothes

These rich red sauces seem to be especially attracted to light-coloured clothing, but these stains are easily tackled if you know how to do it!

  1. Gently remove any excess – blot with a towel, or gently scrape away with a spoon – before flushing with cool water. It’s best to do this under running water if possible, and to run the water from the back of the stain to the front.

  2. Pre-treat with a little detergent rubbed into the stain.

  3. Wash as normal. This is another protein-based stain, so something like makes a good choice of detergent here.

Want more information? Read about removing ketchup stains

How To Remove Rust Stains On Clothes

Rust stains can be nasty, but it may be possible to get them out with the right care. You can check out this article on how to remove rust stains on clothes, or follow these simple steps:

  1. Soak the stain with white vinegar or lemon juice. Blot the treated area with a clean towel or sponge – this will help absorb the stain from the fabric.

  2. Leave in direct sunlight for a few hours. This will help fade the stain naturally.

  3. Wash as usual according to the instructions on the label.

  4. Once the garment has dried, you can repeat the first three steps as necessary until the stain is completely gone.

And there you have it – five handy treatment guides for some of the toughest stains everyday life can throw at you! If you didn’t find what you’re looking for here, or you’re still wondering about how to remove stains from clothes, why not check out Wiki Tips English’s stain removal tips for more information?

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* Act fast – most stains are easier to deal with when they’re fresh, so get to work as soon as you can! This applies whether you’re looking for tips on oil, deodorant, or blood stain removal.

  • Pre-treat stains with detergent or white vinegar to help loosen stubborn marks.

  • Always check the care label on the garment before you start, and test any new stain removal solutions on a small area first if you’re worried about damage or discolouration. Delicate fabrics may need to be taken to a specialist.

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Frequently asked questions on treating stubborn stains on clothes

Are some stains impossible to remove?

Yes and no. The good news is that there is no common stain that cannot be removed with enough effort and knowhow. But if you leave it too long, there are some stains that are impossible to remove: even benign substances like coffee and tea can set into a fabric and be non removable after enough time. Dry cleaners can also have a hard time removing stains on delicate fabrics, as more vigorous cleaning techniques can permanently discolor or damage sensitive textiles. As always, speed is key!

How do you remove stubborn grass stains on clothes?

Grass stains become harder to remove the longer they remain on clothes, so act quickly. If you have stubborn grass stains on your clothes, pre-treat the area by soaking the garment for 30 minutes in water. Once soaked, you can use cleaning agents such as rubbing alcohol (by dabbing) or white vinegar (by soaking) to dislodge the dirt and stubborn grass stains. Finish up by washing the garment as you normally would.

What are all the types of stains on clothes?

According to the Dipolog city government, the types of stains on clothes can be classified as: protein stains (chicken, egg), greasy stains (oils), tannin stains (wine, dark chocolate), dye stains, industrial stains, chemical stains, lacquer stains, and 'special stains' (i.e stains that don't fall into the other categories, like chewing gum!). There are also combination stains, which are mixes of any of the above categories.

What is the easiest stain to remove by just completely rinsing in cold water?

The easiest stains to remove completely (by just rinsing in cold water) are protein stains, such as those left by chicken, egg, cheese and yoghurt. With quick reflexes, you can easily remove these simply by rinsing your clothes in cold water.

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