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Six Slick Laundry and Stain Removal Tips

Most stains happen with very little warning. We see the spill happening in slow motion and there’s just nothing we can do. Whether it’s red wine, spaghetti sauce, melted butter, makeup products like foundation, or something else entirely, you know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach once a stain has found its way onto your clothing. Sometimes, the stain occurs discretely due to a fault in your washer and dryer set up (ever find a brownish “bleach-like” stain on your clothes?). Regardless of how the stain gets there, the fact still remains that they can cause quite a setback. Thankfully, there are some great tips and tricks to help you remove stubborn stains – usually the best approach is to act immediately before the stain sets.

Consider these six tips on stain removal and laundering stained clothing. I’ve personally tried all six of these tips and I can vouch for all of them. If you have any questions or concerns, simply leave me in the comments below the article.

Easy Stain Removal Tips

1.    For an oil, grease, or butter stain, apply baby powder to soak up the grease at least 30 minutes to one hour prior to washing.

2.    For an ink stain, use regular hairspray to remove any pen marks.

3.    For a tomato sauce stain, use regular dish soap like Dawn or Palmolive and cold water to remove the stain. Apply a bit more and let it sit for at least 30 minutes before washing.

4.    For a foundation makeup stain, use regular white shaving cream and a toothbrush plus cold water to remove the stain.

5.    For a wax spill on your clothing, try one of these options. Freeze the garment and break the pieces of wax away once frozen OR place the garment on your ironing board, put a brown paper bag over it, and lightly iron to remove the wax.

6.    For a lily pollen stain, get a roll of clear tape and follow these lily pollen stain removal steps.

For general stains, try Shout stain remover or do a Google search to see what you can find for the specific culprit. Also, carry a Tide stain removal pen with you when you go on vacation or to a special event, and be sure to keep one with you at work. Good luck with the stain removal! If you have other great tips, please share them below in our questions.


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  • Before you wash the fabric, spray the affected areas down with a solution of vinegar and water. This pretreatment will begin to work on the stains before the wash.

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  • Above all the tips are very effective and helpful. Its great to know about general stains and Shout stain remover, which really helped me out.