It seems to be part of Murphy’s Law; once you’ve purchased expensive jeans or custom t shirts, you get stains the first time you wear them. Stained clothing is never a good experience but, luckily, there are easy methods to remove most common stains.
Blood: Immediately rinse in cool or room temperature water. Avoid hot water as this will set the stain. If possible, submerge in water and detergent for 10 to 15 minutes. Use an enzyme cleaner or hydrogen peroxide. Be aware that peroxide may bleach some fabrics.
Sweat: Rinse the stain in cool water. Spot clean with an enzyme cleaner or soak in pure white vinegar for 15 – 30 minutes. Launder as normal. If the fabric is natural, letting it dry in the sun may also help remove sweat stains.
Tomato Sauce or Ketchup: Remove excess sauce with a spoon or knife. Gently dab detergent onto the stain. Turn the clothing inside out and rinse from behind so as not to push it further into the fabric. Launder as normal.
Red Wine: Apply warm water immediately. Apply salt and allow to sit. Rinse salt, gently dab detergent onto the stain, blot area with paper towel, rinse again and launder as normal.
Mud: Remove excess mud or dirt. Soak and shake in room temperature water. Apply detergent and soak in clean water for 30 minutes. Rinse and repeat as necessary. Treat stains with bleach if possible.
Engine or Machine Oil: Dab with paper towel to remove excess oil. Cover spot with dish detergent (grease fighting detergent works best). Word detergent into stain and rinse with water or white vinegar. Launder separately.
Coffee or Tea: Wet a paper towel with cold water and gently blot stain. Turn clothing inside out and rinse from the back with cold water and wring out. Apply enzyme cleaner or detergent to stain and let sit for a minute. Rinse thoroughly with cold water and launder as normal.
Cooking Oil: Dab with paper towel to remove excess oil. Apply dish detergent to area and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Launder in the hottest water allowable for the fabric. Repeat as necessary to remove stain.
Grass: Pour detergent onto stain and massage in. Let sit for 15 minutes and launder as normal.
Urine: Rinse in cool water. Soak and agitate item in cool water with detergent. Drain and soak again for 30 minutes. Launder immediately as normal.
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