Tips To Help Remove Stains From Your Clothing

You put on your best shirt today and are feeling and looking great--then what happens? You spill your coffee on it. How do you remove that stain? What about when your kids get their clothing muddy, get grass stains on the knees of their pants, or put paint on their shirts--how do you get those stains out? All of these stains can be removed, you just have to use the right cleaning technique on each. See below for stain removing tips for all kinds of stains so you can wear your favorite shirt again.

Tip: Before beginning any type of stain removal, always test a small inconspicuous area first such as on the seam so you don't ruin your garment.


Soak the stain with vinegar for a few minutes, then rinse with cold water. You can also try to use a paste made from a teaspoon of baking powder and a little bit of water. Use more baking powder and water depending on the size of the stain. Rinse the baking powder mixture off with cold water. Once the stain is removed, launder as usual. This stain removal also works for tea and wine as well.


To remove mud from clothing, simply soak the item in warm water, then launder as directed. For deeper mud stains, try to wash the item in white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide to loosen the stain.


If you have children, grass stains are probably something you will battle often. To remove grass stains, use a mixture of 1 part dish detergent and 2 parts hydrogen peroxide. Soak the stain with the mixture for about an hour, then launder as directed. If the stain is still there after washing, repeat with the stain removal mixture and wash again.

Grease (Oils or Lipstick)

Grease stains usually mean death to clothing, but you can get those grease stains out using a mixture of 1 tsp. baking soda and water to form a paste. Soak the stain with the mixture, then rinse it with cold water. If that doesn't take out the grease stain, use white vinegar and dish detergent. Gently rub the stain with the mixture and wash and directed.

These are everyday stains that sometimes just happen. Always pre-treat your stains before washing in the machine. Try to treat the stain as soon as possible so it doesn't soak deeper into the fibers of your garment.  

If you need help, contact a company like South Street Laundromat.