Got Laundry Stains? We’ve Got Answers!

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Laundry isn’t a task most people enjoy, but what makes it even worse is trying to remove stains. This only makes an ugly task take even longer! There are plenty of “stain removers” on the market, that’s for sure, but almost all of them use bleach or other chemicals that aren’t good for your skin or clothes! Not to mention the perfume! They might smell good, but that pleasing scent comes from synthetic chemicals known to disrupt the endocrine system.

We have put together a list of 10 of the most common, yet most stubborn, stains to remove and easy tricks that will help you get rid of them quickly and easily. Get ready to print this one out – it’s a keeper!


1. Armpit/Sweat Stains

Don’t you hate those yellow stains under the arms? Get rid of them with this:

  • 1 teaspoon Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (Blue original)
  • 1-2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 2-3 teaspoons of Hydrogen Peroxide

Apply to stain with toothbrush and work it in for a few minutes. Let sit for a few hours or overnight, and then wash as usual.

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2. Blood Stains

These are one of the hardest things to remove. One of the best tricks here is to only wash and rinse in COLD water. Hot water will only set the stain in permanently. Soak the stained item in COLD water overnight, then apply equal amounts of ammonia and water directly on the stain and let it sit for another 20 to 30 minutes. Wash as you normally would.


3. Ink Stains

If you have ever had an ink pen break over your clothes, then you know how hard this can be to get rid of! Don’t despair. There is one way to remove ink stains that works every time. Massage aerosol hairspray to the ink stain and then run under cold water. Repeat until gone. Be sure you are using aerosol hairspray, not the pump ones. You might have to do this three or four times, but it will work if you are persistent.

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4. Antiperspirant/Deodorant Stains

  • 1/2 teaspoon of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid (Blue original)
  • Several drops of white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of water

Apply to stain with a rag and let sit for a few minutes. Rinse with water and blot dry. Wash as usual.


5. Chewing Gum

Freeze the gum by applying ICE, so that the gum will break off in pieces. You can also try putting the item in the freezer for a few hours. The gum will become hard, and it should break off into pieces. Wash as you normally would after all gum is removed.


6. Makeup

Of course, it depends on the makeup, but most of the time, you can pour rubbing alcohol over the stain and try to blot it up with a rag or paper towel. This might take two or three tries, but it works with most makeup such as eyeliner or mascara.

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7. Red Wine Stains

Here is a good one – red wine can by removed with white wine! Yes, it’s a waste of good wine, but what can you do? You need to get the stain out, right? Apply white wine to stain and then sprinkle salt. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, then rinse under cold water. That should take the stain out.


8. Coffee Stains

Ugh! Spill a cup of coffee on your nice suit or blouse? You can remove it with this easy trick!

  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1 teaspoon of white vinegar

Mix these two items, then pour over the stain. Allow it to sit for a few minutes, then wash as usual. This works every time!

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9. Chocolate Stains

These can be very difficult to remove, but this trick works almost every time. Put one tablespoon of Dawn Dishwashing Soap in about 10 ounces of water. Mix well, then spray the stain liberally. Really soak it well. Allow to sit for 10 or 15 minutes, then put a few more drops of the dishwashing liquid directly on the stain. Wash as usual.


10. Tomato Sauce Stains

Did some of Sunday’s spaghetti dinner end up on your nice white shirt? You might think that you have to trash it, but before you do that, try this method:

Remove any excess with a spoon. Put one tablespoon of dish washing soap (any kind) in 10 ounces of water. Blot this on with a clean rag, allow to sit for just a few minutes, and then blot off with another clean rag or paper towel. If you still see a slight stain, put a few drops of white vinegar directly on the stain. Wash as usual in cold water.


READ ALSO: How To Make Your Own Non-Toxic Stain Remover


What do you use to remove stains? We would love to hear what works best for you!