how-to-tackle-tough-stainsIt’s a terrible feeling when you look down and notice you’ve stained your favorite pair of pants or your most comfortable chair. Stains can be a major pain to try and remove, and many people take one look at a wine or coffee stain and decide that it’s no use in trying to salvage the item. When battling stains, it’s important to note that not all stains are alike and not all stain-fighters work the same. That’s why we’ve put together this list of common, tough stains and solutions to get rid of them once and for all!

  1. Baby formula: For fresh stains, soak in cold water. For set stains, make a paste with meat tenderizer and water. Rub the paste into the fabric, rinse and launder normally.
  1. Coffee, tea or juice: Spot treat with distilled white vinegar, then launder.
  1. Wine: Mix liquid detergent with hydrogen peroxide and apply to stain, blot away.
  1. Blood: Soak in cold salt water and spot treat any stubborn stains with hydrogen peroxide.
  1. Rust: Mix 1/4 cup borax with 2 cups water and spot treat before laundering as normal.
  1. Foundation: Pre-treat with liquid dish soap, then wash in hot water.
  1. Lipstick: Blot with diluted isopropyl alcohol before laundering.
  1. Deodorant: Rub stain with a mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and water. Allow to soak for at least 30 minutes before laundering.
  1. Sweat: Soak in cold salt water, then dry in sunlight for best results.
  1. Candle or crayon wax: Freeze the fabric and pull away the hard wax. Then cover the stain with cheesecloth and iron over the fabric to melt residual wax onto cloth.
  1. Mud or dirt: Soak in cold water with a mixture of liquid dishwashing detergent and white vinegar.
  1. Grass: Soak in mixture of cold water and your normal laundry detergent before laundering.
  1. Bodily fluids: Rinse, then soak in a mixture of cold water and baking soda. Launder as normal after soaking and blotting up any surface residue.
  1. Pen ink: Loosen the stain with diluted isopropyl alcohol before laundering.
  1. Oils and salad dressing: Sprinkle baking soda onto moist fabric, and allow to soak in while blotting any excess oil before laundering.
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