How to Remove Stubborn Stains on Clothes

Stubborn stains are an inescapable reality of life, no matter how cautious we are with our food and drinks. Your first instinct might be to dab some bleach detergent on it to fix the problem, but that isn’t always an effective solution. Because each stain is different, you might need to try various methods for removing those unsightly marks.

How to Remove Stubborn Stains on Clothes
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Wine Stains

Run the garment under cold water to wash out the stain, then let it soak in water mixed with a cleaning solution containing oxygen bleach. It’s best to leave it soaking overnight for better results, or at least an hour if you’re in a hurry. Examine the stains, and then wash as you usually would.

Coffee/Tea Stains

To remove coffee and tea stains from your shirt or kitchen towels, soak it in a solution of 1/3 cup vinegar and 2/3 cup water. Gently brush the soiled area and hang the item to dry outside in the sun.

Grease Stains

Rub about a teaspoon of the liquid directly on the soiled area and let it soak in. Allow it to settle for 15 to 20 minutes. Wash it in cold water and add a teaspoon of baking soda to absorb any leftover grease.

Mud Stains

Using laundry soap and a brush straight on the fabric is the simplest approach to remove mud and dirt from your clothes. Dampen the area, sprinkle detergent on it, then brush until the stain disappears.  


Although hydrogen peroxide isn’t recommendable for treating wounds, it is effective for removing bloodstains. Dab the solution on the reverse side of the fabric and soak for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and repeat the process if there are still stubborn spots.

Scrubbing harder and repeatedly loading it in the machine can only do so much to rid the dirty spot. Fret not, though, as most stains on textiles are not impossible to remove, especially with a little patience and effort.

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