5 of the Most Common Stains and How to Remove Them

We’ve all experienced pretty much every type of stain in the books, from red wine, to paint, to ink. While we may be used to them by now, that doesn’t stop us from being just as frustrated each time one occurs. The good news is, there is often quite a simple solution.


Here are 5 of the worst (and most common!) stains and how to remove them with ease.


  1. If the blood is fresh, simply run the stain under cold water and that should do the trick. If the blood is dry, soak the stain in hydrogen peroxide before washing.
  2. Quickly remove clothing while paint is still wet and run it under fast-flowing water. The harder the water hits the stain, the better. Rub the fabric vigorously against itself while under the running water. Then, put the clothing in the wash. If the paint is dry, take an alcohol-based hairspray and drench the stain; this should turn the paint back into liquid form. Then, use a toothbrush to loosen the paint, and then rinse under hot water.
  3. Blot, rather than rub to avoid spreading the ink. Apply stain remove and let it sit for 10 minutes before laundering a usual.
  4. If gum has spread throughout the garment, put it in the freezer for 2 hours before using a knife to scrape it off. Then, pre-treat the garment with white distilled vinegar and then launder as usual.
  5. Permanent marker. First, put a towel between the stain and the rest of the garment to avoid the stain from spreading during treatment. Then, dip a cloth in rubbing alcohol and dab the stain until it disappears.


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