The secrets of removing terrible stains from your favorite clothes

If a thing is stained, it is no longer a reason to wear it, because there are plenty of ways to remove very different stains, and some of them involve the use of improvised means and time-tested folk recipes.

We recognize the spot

Before you start cleaning, you need to find out what stain you are dealing with, because it will depend on the type of contamination the choice of one or another means.

Possible options:

  • Spots from dirt usually have no boundaries and look like a dark scurf that does not have clear outlines. Such pollution can be called the simplest.
  • The stain from fat or oil looks as if the fabric in the contaminated area is just a little wet, which is noticeable from the darkened tissue. But the older the pollution, the brighter it will be. There are no contours, the boundaries are blurred and as if they are moving in different directions from the center.
  • Blood stain is quite easy to recognize. If it is old, it will be dark brown.The contours are well recognizable, very clear. Usually the contamination is visible from the wrong side, even if the material is dense.
  • The area of ​​contamination obtained from a substance containing resin or, for example, wax will be hard to touch and slightly convex, so it is easy to probe. As for the shade, it will depend on the color of the substance that fell on the thing.
  • Cosmetic stains usually look like a light patina, as the particles do not penetrate into the fibers (therefore, they can remain invisible from the inside).
  • Contamination from a high-sugar formulation will be solid, but not released above the surface of the material. The fabric in this area should be darker.
  • Wine and most other beverages usually leave pronounced stains that can fade with time. The outlines are usually clear.
  • Sweat leaves yellow spots on light things and white on dark ones.
  • Rust stains can be identified by a characteristic brown-red hue.

How to get rid of stains?

So, how to remove stains from clothes? Everything will depend on what kind of pollution you are facing.

Mud, yellol, soot

Dirt or soot is easy to remove in a washing machine or hand wash. Use either a high-quality detergent or a soapy solution (soap is suitable without dyes and preferably on a natural basis). Water should be as hot as the rules for caring for the product allow.

If the usual washing did not help, then try using hydrogen peroxide or an acetic solution made from half a glass of warm water and three tablespoons of table vinegar (the concentration can be increased if the stain is stiff and the fabric is not delicate).

Fatty soils

Greasy stains can be removed in the following ways:

  • Dishwashing liquid. Just apply it on a damp cloth and gently rub the area, then rinse the thing in hot water.
  • If the stain is fresh, then sprinkle it with talc, starch, flour or crumbled chalk as soon as possible. All these powdered compounds will absorb fat and will not allow it to penetrate into the fibers of the material. If the contamination is old, first sprinkle the stain with one of the listed products, then put a paper napkin or a piece of unnecessary tissue on top, then iron the area with an iron so that the fat first melts and then immediately absorbed into the powder.You can also heat the starch, flour or chalk (for example, on a hot frying pan).
  • You can apply turpentine or kerosene.

Stains from products containing milk

To remove stains from milk at home, you can use regular soap. But it is extremely important to use warm water, since when exposed to hot milk protein can coagulate and enter the fabric even more. If the soap did not help, then use glycerin.

Beverage stains

Spots from almost any beverage can be removed with the following folk remedies:

  • Tea or coffee, remove glycerin or soap.
  • The stain of wine can be removed using ordinary boiling water. Just pour it on the site of pollution until the disappearance of traces of the drink.
  • Try using hot (but not boiling) milk to remove wine from the cloth.
  • You can try to remove a fresh stain from any drink with ordinary salt. Just fill the contaminated area with it as soon as possible and repeat this treatment several times, and then wash the thing.


Contaminants from chocolate are well derived from ammonia or hydrogen peroxide.

Sugar, syrup

With the fabric of any sweet composition, you can use regular hot water, which dissolve sugar. You can also add soap.


Rust is well excreted by acids, for example, acetic, citric or even oxalic. And if the stains are old, and the material is dense, then it is possible to treat the contamination site with a 2% solution of hydrochloric acid.

Iron stains

An effective means of dealing with traces of unsuccessful ironing is onions. Treat the area with its juice. If this does not work, then overnight put on the pulp of the onion, then wash the product in the usual way.


You can remove the pollution from the grass with vodka or with a strong saline solution (two or three tablespoons per cup of warm water). After treatment, rinse the item well in hot water.


Lipstick or other cosmetics can be removed with alcohol, borax powder or, for example, turpentine.


Toilet water or perfume can be tried out with acetone, wine alcohol or glycerin.

Stains from sweat

Sweat is most easily excreted using alcohol, and preferably ammonia. Just soak a cotton swab in it and blot the area of ​​contamination.If the fabric is delicate, then alcohol should be diluted with water (the softer the material, the more water should be).


Traces of ink can be removed with alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, denatured alcohol or soda solution. Glycerin can also help. But the combination of several components, for example, vinegar and soda, alcohol and glycerin will be more effective. The proportions when mixed will be equal.

Helpful Tips

Recommendations that will make cleaning not only effective, but also harmless to things:

  1. Remember that delicate materials (silk, cashmere, wool, etc.) can not be treated with aggressive compounds, which include vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, acetone and some others. They can just ruin the fabric.
  2. It is necessary to take special care when cleaning colored things, because some tools can change the shade of the product.
  3. Before removing the contamination, be sure to learn the rules of care for the thing indicated on the tag.
  4. Any tool should be pre-tested on a small invisible area of ​​the product in order to assess the response of the material and avoid damage to the product.
  5. Start cleaning as quickly as possible, since removing old stains is much more difficult than fresh ones.

It remains only to wish to get rid of the stain forever and without prejudice to the thing.

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