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5 Ways You Can Remove Persisting Stains From Clothes

Hacks to get rid of stubborn stains from clothes

Getting rid of a stubborn stain is quite frustrating, especially if it is on your favorite piece of clothing. Whether it is a stain from tea, or coffee, some ink pen marks, that dreaded oil stain or blood, mud, or anything else, don’t panic. Apparently, these stains aren’t that tough to get rid of if you take action almost immediately. Letting stains stay for a long time will make it stubborn and almost impossible to knock those unwanted spots off your clothes or other fabrics.

Wondering how to remove persisting stains from your clothes? Here are five ways that can help achieve spotless and stain-free clothes. And the best part, these tips will save your clothes without putting a dent in your wallet.

1. Stubborn Oil Stains

Let’s get started with the most common stain- oil or grease marks. One simple way to clean up these marks is to sprinkle talcum powder or cornmeal generously over the spot. Let it stay until all the oil has been absorbed by the powder. Then brush it all off with a dry cloth.

Another way to remove grease stains is to use dishwashing liquid. However, make sure to rinse the oil mark with cold water, don’t rub it. Then pour some dishwashing liquid and rub the stain. Rinse it and repeat the process if necessary. Then wash it with laundry detergent that has extra stain-fighting power.

2. Beverage Stains No More

If you have a coffee or tea stain, the first thing to do is run it under cold water. Take a spray bottle and add equal parts of white vinegar and water (1 cup each). Spray this mixture all over the stain, blotting it with a moist cloth. Now make another solution with 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon clear ammonia and dab it over the tea or coffee stain. Blot it with a damp, clean cloth and then with a dry cloth.

3. Getting Rid of Blood Marks

The most stubborn stain has to be blood, which is pretty challenging to remove. It would be best if you take your clothes to the dry cleaner as soon as possible. However, you can remove the bloodstain at home by washing the stained area with cold water. Make a thick paste laundry detergent with a little water and daub it on and leave it for 30 minutes. Next, put some diluted ammonia on the area with the help of an eye-dropper. Rinse with water.

4. Bye-bye Ink Marks

This simple hack will help you get rid of ink marks in no time. All you have to do is place a paper towel under the ink-stained spot. Spritz the area with lots of hairspray and leave it for a few seconds. Next, take a clean cloth and blot away the residue. If need be, repeat the procedure. Wash it with a laundry detergent.

5. Removing Mud Stains

Before anything else, let the mud dry completely and then gently get rid of any excess mud. Prepare a mix of warm water and dishwashing liquid and apply it over the area. With the help of a damp towel, blot away the soap residue. Repeat the process until the mud stain is removed. If your fabric is colorfast, you can remove the stain using a mix of equal parts water and vinegar and washing it with a laundry detergent.

Now Remove Those Stains!

If you want to remove persisting stains from your clothes, don’t forget to try these tips. Though these hacks are really helpful, keep in mind that they might not work every time. It all depends on the kind of stubborn stains you want to remove and the fabric of your clothes. Also, make sure to never put a piece of clothing in a heated dryer unless you’re absolutely sure the stain has come off. The reason behind this is that the heat might make the stain permanent.

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Deborah Hughes is a home lifestyle writer who found success writing for magazines before moving on to the digital space. In her spare time, Deborah enjoys volunteering at her local animal shelter in southern California. Between her and her daughter, they've rescued 7 cats and 5 dogs in the last few years.

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