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How to Remove Tough Stains from Clothing

Make your clothes look fresh again.

Chocolate stain stuck on fabric
Remove stubborn chocolate stains from your clothes.

Spring is here, which means it's time to start planting those flowers and organizing that Easter egg hunt for the kids. If you have kids, you know that sometimes they can get a little messy, and maybe you can too. Whether its that chocolate stain on your daughters shirt, that wine stain on your skirt, or those grass stains on your husbands pants; stains happen.

When you stain your clothes it's best to treat it as soon as possible before it sets into the garment. Here are 4 stain removing solutions for those Easter stains that will make your clothes look brand new again:


Chocolate candy
Be careful, chocolate can melt.

You rewarded your little ones with chocolate eggs and Easter bunnies but they got a little too excited, and somehow they ended up with chocolate stains on their shirts. Remove those chocolate stains by following these steps.

  1. Wipe excess chocolate from the stained area with a tissue or dry cloth.

  2. Soak the garment in cold water with some detergent for a few minutes in a clean sink or bucket. Do not use hot water as this will bake the stain.

  3. Scrub the stain until it is no longer visible.

  4. When done, machine wash as you would normally.



Bowl of jellybeans
Chewy candies can harden on fabric.

If you've ever stepped on or sat on a piece of candy, you know that they can set into your clothing if they are not cleaned right away. Getting those sweet, sugary, treats off a garment can be tricky but with the right steps it can be done.

  1. Soak the garment in hot water with some detergent for a few minutes in a clean sink or bucket. Hot water will remove the sugars.

  2. Scrub the affected area.

  3. If the colored stain is still noticeable, use a laundry pre-treatment product.

  4. When done, machine wash as you would normally.



Wine being poured into glass
Treat wine stains immediately.

Wine stains are notorious for being the most difficult to remove. The longer the wine sits, the more the red pigments will soak into the fibers.

  1. Gently blot the stained area with a clean cloth or paper towel. Do not rub, as this will set the stain. The more wine you soak up, the less you will have to remove.

  2. Mix equal parts dishwashing soap and hydrogen peroxide.

  3. Pour the solution on the stain. The combination of the two cleaners will break up the color of the wine. Let it sit for 30 minutes.

  4. Add more solution until the stain disappears. Do not rub.

  5. When stain is faded, wash the garment in hot water to dissolve the solution.

  6. Do not put the stained garment into a hot dryer. The heat will set the stain.


Grass and Dirt

Plants inside pots
Grass stains are stubborn on white fabrics.

Maybe you did some spring cleaning outdoors, or maybe your kids had a little too much fun in the front yard. While grass stains may look stubborn to get out (especially on white clothing), with the right materials it's possible.

For Wool, Silk, or Synthetics Garments

  1. Gently apply a dry-cleaning solvent to the affected area with a sponge.

  2. Apply a dry-spotter absorbent pad to the area and change the pad as it picks up the stain.

  3. Finish with a dry-cleaning solvent again.

  4. Air dry when done.

For Cotten, Linen, or Nylon Garments

  1. Apply some dishwashing soap or laundry detergent to the stain. Allow it to soak in.

  2. Scrub the affected area.

  3. Rinse with clean water.

  4. When done, machine wash as you would normally.

See a little dirt or grass clippings by the door? Tell Bob or bObi to handle that mess.


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