Stains Are A Nuisance To Clothes
When it come to your best running socks, your nicest pair of jeans, and your fanciest top, you want them to stay stain free.
However, that doesn't always happen and you end up with a pesky stain that won't go away.
The first thing you need to do is fix it asap.
Don't leave it to sit and soak into the fabric, use a towel and some water, or a go-to-laundry stick to get rid of the excess!
Walking around with a giant blotch on your clothes isn't something that says "i'm professional" it just looks like you had a hard day.
Try to remove any and all mishaps right as they happen, not later. Just as an FYI, you need to either buy a bucket of white or apple-cider vinegar if you want to remove most of these stains.
Know What You're Wearing Before You Ruin It!
Each fabric has it's own rules on what you can do with it. You may think a fiber is durable and can withstand anything, but it has it's flaws.
When you get something on you, you need to get rid of most of it quickly. Don't let it sit on your clothes and slowly soak and dye the fabric.
Wipe of the excess spot if there was more than a little dab. However, once it just looks like a stain only blot it, DO NOT continuously wipe it! If you try to scrub it out without any stain removal products you're going to set it faster.
Applying a lot of heat and pressure will push the blotch into the fabric more, which will make it harder to get out. To keep it from setting take a wet towel and tap on the stain, don't rub!
When you get home look at the tag to see the washing instructions. Some fabrics don't take kindly to certain treatments and wash cycles so be careful. There are a lot of stain removal tips that could help.
Sometimes the treatments can be more harmful than the discolored clothes. You might have to wash it more than once to get some marks or chemicals out.
Get Spots Out Of Your Shirts and Jackets!
Shirts are made out of a lot of materials. Really any fabric can turn into a jacket or shirt of some kind. There are some materials that can be thrown around while others need to be properly cared for.
Cotton is the easiest material to mess with. You can bleach it, dye it, put crazy treatments on it, and throw it in random wash settings. It's pretty durable and can be put through the wringer a few times.
Synthetic fibers are hard to deal with such as acrylic, nylon, polyester, and many others. You should only use detergents and simple remedies that don't use acidic chemicals.
When it comes to silk you need to be really careful since even water can stain it. If you're removing a stain make sure the entire shirt is soaked in water and slowly scrubbed, don't over do it!
How To Get Stains Out Of The Materials
1. Toe-mate-o Toe-ma-toe
Tomatoes are a sneaky fruity vegetable that comes in many forms. They can be made into ketchup, sauces, and put on foods as they are.
However, they are super easy to drop on yourself which will stain your clothes. The best way to remove a tomato stain is to run cold water through the back of the stain.
Take a dish soap and blot the spot with a sponge or carefully run it with your hands. It should remove most of the stain if not all.
If that doesn't work you can also remove it by soaking it in vinegar for a few minutes and then running it through the wash. Bleach can also be used if the fabric is originally all white.
2. Mustard is Merciless
Mustard is just like tomatoes, it's easy to stain and hard to get them out of your clothes. White or apple-cider vinegar should be soaked into the stain first.
Once you notice the spot has started to lift, take some laundry detergent and start blotting and swiping the area. Work at it until you see that it's nearly gone and then throw it in the washer.
However, before you put it in the dryer make sure the stain is completely gone. Even if there is a tiny bit left repeat the process. If you dry and there's some left over you're going to have a harder time removing it.
It's always in your best interest to get something out of your clothes while it's still wet or the accident just happened. Don't let it sit, dry, and soak into your clothes!
3. Mildew Makes Messes
Have you ever started a load of laundry and then forgot it. I know I have which caused a gross old smell, which was mildew. Most of the time it won't stain unless it was left for several days or weeks.
If it just has the smell then rewash the clothing and it should end up fine. However, if your clothes have mildew spots on them you're going to need to get rid of those blotches.
Depending on the size of the garment you'll want equal amount of vinegar and water in a bucket or tray, with some salt added into it. If it soaks for awhile but you still see the spots then add more vinegar and salt.
Let it soak until you see the mildew disappearing, if it doesn't go away do the process 2 or 3 more times and then wash the item. It might smell like vinegar so you may need to wash it more than once.
4. Ink Is Incredibly Irritating
As you hold pens in your button-up pocket you may have gotten a stain or two from a pen leaking. You also could have had a pen explode on you or a child use you as a drawing board.
Whatever the situation hairspray and vinegar are your best options. You don't need to soak the shirt in vinegar or hairspray, you just need to pat it. Use the hairspray on the shirt first.
Then take a cotton ball or towel and put some vinegar on it. After that you just need to tap away at the ink blot. In a few moments the hairspray and vinegar will have lifted the dark mess.
5. Ironing Can Be Inconsiderate
Sometimes you just want to iron your clothes to look good in either a professional or casual setting. Yet you can make the mistake of leaving your iron on the same spot for a little to long.
An iron can do that opposite of what you want and create a bigger problem then a few wrinkles. As long as you don't burn through the shirt entirely you can get rid of the scorch marks.
You'll want to use the magic liquid called vinegar to remove it. Vinegar comes up a lot since it really is a magical substance that cleans up nearly everything.
For the scorch marks you don't need to soak it, just use a cotton ball. A small amount will work wonders on small burns. Once you've blotted it use a dry towel to take the vinegar and spot away.
6. Deodorant Deemed Disturbing
Deodorant is a magical substance that will make you smell a lot better. However, it can also leave some white marks on your favorite darker colored shirts.
I've had this problem before where my blacks shirts have gotten a distinct white area that formed. The easiest way to get rid of them is to use a piece of foam.
If you have an outfit that has been to the dry-cleaners you will get a hangar that has a protective foam on it. Use that to rub away at the deodorant stains.
It will get most of it out before you have to wash it again. It may sound a little weird but if it works, it works!
7. Yellow-Collar Crime!
People sweat and are naturally very oily, which isn't always a great thing. If you wear the same collared shirt over and over again, those oils and sweat are going to rub off.
Most likely you'll end up with a yellowed collar on a regular shirt, which isn't very appealing. The best way to remove the discoloration is to use shampoo.
It does what it is meant to do by cleaning the oils and dirt out of you hair but instead it's doing the same with a shirt. Just rub the shampoo into the collar and wash as you normally would.
It might take more than once wash but it will slowly lift the oils and sweat away. You'll end up with a clean and good as new shirt!
8. Chocolate Is Challenging
Instead of vinegar you're going to need some ammonia. Chocolate is usually a dark thing that can easily ruin your clothes. Plus it leaves a stain that is near impossible to get out.
If you're serious about the shirt you're going to need to scrub the affected area with ammonia until it's out. Try to use a towel or something that can rub away at another thing.
After you see that the chocolate has left completely you can throw it into the washer. Make sure you check it before it goes into the dryer. If there's still some left repeat the process before drying!
9. Wine Is The Worst
This is by far one of the most challenging things to get out of clothes and other fabric materials. Wine is the ultimate stain that never wants to life no matter how hard you try!
If it's a small and simple train that just happened blot away, don't wait for it to set. If you have it rinse the spot with club soda or cold water. Then make a salt paste with the cold water and salt as you rub into the wine stain.
If it's a persistent mess that won't go away you're going to have to bring out the big guns. Take ⅓ cup vinegar mixed with a ⅔ cup of water.
Then take 2 tablespoons of ammonia mixed with 1 cup of water or alcohol (either straight or mixed with an equal amount of water). After you get the mixture ready, blot until your heart desires, or until the stain is gone.
Then you just need to wash it again to make sure the stain is completely gone. If it's still there then repeat the process over with your left over concoction. Then wash and dry when it's completely out.
10. Eggs Are Evil
Even though they may make a lot of things, eggs can be evil when it comes to staining. But not really, they're actually pretty simple to get out.
You just need to scrape off the extra bits that haven't soaked into your clothes and throw the piece out. Then take some cold water and wipe the stain away. After you've wiped it away through it in the wash and it will be back to normal!
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11. Tea Or Coffee?
Teas and Coffees are annoying stains that are some of the most common in the adult world. A lot of people get their morning coffee or cup of tea and then spill it on themselves.
What you'll need to do is use a 1/3 cup of vinegar mixed with a 2/3 cup of water. Soak your pants in the liquid and hope for the best.
Once it's out you can throw it in the washer and let it do it's thing. If the stain persists rinse and repeat before drying!
12. Grease Is Gruesome
We aren't talking about the movie when we say that grease can be gross! However, it's not that difficult to get out of clothing.
Get some distilled water and strong laundry detergent. Don't throw it in the washer, hand wash the pants until the spots have been rubbed out. Don't be stingy on the amount you use, lather it up!
13. Beer Is A Brute
Spilled beer isn't as bad as wine but it can still be annoying to get out. You'll want to use a solution of equal parts vinegar and dish-soap. Once it has somewhat mixed, take a sponge and go to town.
In intervals wash it with warm water so you slowly break down and wash away the stain. After the stain has disappeared you can just wash it normally and get back to your day.
14. Butter And Cooking Oil Is Barely Credible
Cooking is something that we all have to do at some point and some are more skilled than others. When you get butter or oil on you use a detergent stick first and swipe across the stain.
Then take your garment and run it under lukewarm or warm water. Once it's soaked you can dab the area with some more detergent and rewash it. Once the stain is out lay it on a paper towel to dry or completely rewash it.
15. Vomit Is Vile
The most disturbing thing in the world is vomit, which can stain clothing. When it first hits your clothes you're going to need to run it under cool water.
Once it's washed away the extra stuff soak the entire piece in white vinegar. It will overpower the smell and lift up the mess. Rinse then repeat the process until the stains and smells are out.
Then like all the other clothes, throw it in the washer (a few times to get rid of the vinegar smell) and the dryer.
16. Juices Are Jerks
Juice is a kids best friend for every meal and snack. Children and adults are obsessed with multiple juices which means there are more stains to deal with. First just soak it in cold water for about 15-20 minutes.
What you'll want to use after it's soaked is some dish soap, and guess what else, White Vinegar! Mix these two special ingredients together and slather it on those pesky spots.
Work through the mess for a while until you see that it's gone. It shouldn't take that long after it's been sitting in the cold water so scrub away!
Remove The Worst Stains From Your Comfortable Socks.
17. Wool Isn't Wonderful
Wool is wonderful when you're cold and you need something to warm you up. They're great comfortable socks that are the worst when you get a stain on them!
Wool can be shrunken very easily so you need to be extra careful when washing it. It can also be stretched and reformed into a different sock so don't pull and push on them either.
Use a wool-safe detergent and lie them flat with the detergent on them. You can then rub the stains out yourself. Don't use bleach or acidic materials like vinegar since that will ruin the fabric!
18. Sweat Isn't Sweet
If you do a lot of activities or play a lot of sports your crew socks are going to get damages by sweat at some point. A lot of work will make your feet sticky and stinky.
Just take a guess at what you're going to use to get rid of these obnoxious smudges. That's right white vinegar, but you'll also need some salt.
Pour that vinegar onto your crew socks like it's maple syrup on a stack of pancakes. Then take a spoonful of salt and start scrubbing away.
Don't be afraid to be a little rough since socks are usually more durable then other clothing.
19. Dirt Is A Muddy Muddled Mess
Going outdoors means that you're going to get dirty at some point. Even in the concrete jungle dirt can still accumulate on your favorite pair of running socks.
It's not that hard to get out as long as you've got arm strength. Get a bucket or trough filled with warm water and stick your socks inside. Then start shaking it violently in the water, get all your rage out.
After all the excess dirt has fallen away apply detergent to the other splatter and let it soak for 15-25 minutes. Rinse it off then repeat again and again until you're ready to wash them normally.
20. Grass Is Gross
If you play sports then you've known how difficult grass stains are to get out of clothes. Unless you have an all white uniform you can bleach those stains will never leave.
You're going to have to bring back your best friend named vinegar and soak your best running socks in it for around half an hour. If that doesn't work you can make a paste out of vinegar and baking soda.
Rub that into the soiled areas for a good amount of time before checking it over. When it seems as though the spots are gone then to the washing machine it goes. If not rinse and repeat.
Removing Stains From Your Favorite Accessories
21. Jewelry Isn't Jovial
Rust is something that happens to most metals over time, especially cheaper ones. If you've ever bought a cheap piece of silver jewelry you'll notice it turning a reddish color.
There are a lot of things that can remove this from coca-cola to the magical liquid called vinegar. Once it has soaked in one or the other take some salt and rub the rust away, then lay it out to dry.
22. Powdered Makeup Is Powerful
Makeup may make you look cool but it can get everywhere, especially the powders. However, it isn't that hard to remove. Wipe it off then use a detergent stick before sticking it into the washer.
The washer should be on the hottest setting if you want to get it out. It should be as good as new once it comes out!
23. Oil-Based Makeup Is Obnoxious
Lipsticks, foundations, moisturizers, and creams are your best friend until you spill them all over yourself. This is a little harder to get out than your powder-based makeup.
You'll want to get some mineral oil and blot it with a cotton ball or Q-tip. Once it's been properly touched up, let it sit for 20 minutes. If there is some extra oils left, pat them away with a dry towel.
Then make a mixture of 1/3 ammonia and 2/3 water. Sponge it up and push it into the smudged area. The wash it normally and it should be good!
24. Oil On Your Bag?!
If you find that there is an oil stain on your bag all you have to do is add baby powder to it. Let it sit overnight then wipe away the excess powder, you should be good after that.
Your Shoes Also Stain Easily!
25. Odor Is Obscene
Running around in hot environment and constantly stepping in sticky and stinky substances are going to make your shoes smell.
If you have some smelly shoes use either calcium carbonate or use activated charcoal. Both have properties that take away lingering smells.
Rub them all over your shoes and let them sit overnight. Once you get them shake them off, use a vacuum cleaner, or a dry towel to get the excess stuff off.
You can also use socks filled with baking soda to get rid of smells that are sticking to the inside. Or you know, Febreeze and other air fresheners.
26. Oil-Paints Are Oily And Water-Based Paints are Wacky
Oil-paints usually have a thinner that you can use to get rid of mistakes that happen. If you drip some onto your shoes just use the recommended thinner and it should come off quickly.
Water-based paints just need warm water to wipe them away, as long as their still wet. If it's dry some dish soap should do the trick and get rid of the paint.
27. Leather Is Lethal
Water and White vinegar put on a bristle brush can remove any water stains that have been left on your leather shoes. If you want to get that shine back just lightly brush over the droplets.
If you have ink stains on your leather boots then you'll nee petroleum jelly to get rid of them. It might take several hours or days for the jelly to soak up the stain but once it does you can just wipe it away.
Stains Are A Hassle No One Needs
Even though it may be annoying stains happen and there are easy fixes to each one you get. Don't fret over something small, just add some vinegar and you'll be fine!
Well, it's not always vinegar but for the most part a lot of these stains can be fixed with a touch of vinegar, water, dish soap, ammonia, or other random liquids.
Don't freak out the next time you get a stain and try to throw it out. Take some of these ideas and make sure that you get those pesky stains out.