Before using a cleaner
- Blot or scrape the stain as soon as possible.
- If the stain is still wet, rinse with plenty of water to dilute the stain.
- Do not use warm or hot water on sugary stains. Use cold water.
- Always read clothing labels to determine what is advisable. Try first on an unexposed area of the clothing or fabric.
Basic fabric stain remover recipes
Use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution to spot clean. Let dry. Repeat if necessary.
Blot stain with club soda or cornstarch.
Scrub with a dab of dish soap.
Mix equal parts white distilled vinegar and water. Use to remove tough stains including perspiration, rust, jam, coffee, juice, beer, ketchup, barbecue sauce, urine and pet stains.
1 part liquid vegetable oil-based soap
1 part vegetable oil-based glycerin
8 parts water.
Pour into a spray bottle and shake well. Wash and rinse in cool water only.
Common fabric stain solutions
Pen ink: Dab with vegetable oil-based glycerin or rub with a cream of tartar paste and let stand for 15 minutes before washing.
Fruit and berry stains: Pour boiling water on the stain. Do this in a tub or basin to contain splashes and protect from further staining.
Grass stains: Try rubbing alcohol first, following with dishwashing liquid or wet spotter. Rinse, then soak in laundry enzyme product and water.
Protein stains (milk, cream, mayonnaise, egg, blood): Soak for at least 30 minutes in a laundry enzyme product, then wash in cool water. If blood stains persist after the enzyme treatment, try hydrogen peroxide before washing again.
Red wine: Blot up as much as you can as quickly as possible. Apply a thick layer of salt and rinse after salt has absorbed the spill. In a pinch, white wine or club soda do an OK job. For dried stains, try rubbing alcohol.
Tomato sauce or tomato juice: Blot up excess. Apply club soda with a soft cloth and continue to blot. Launder if possible.