Before you give up on trying! Here are tips to remove some of the most stubborn stains.

There are few things as frustrating as stains that ruin your furniture, clothing or carpets. Don’t give up just yet! Try some of these helpful tips that may just save your beautiful blouse that was on its way to the dustbin.

Before we go into detail, you need to know the following:

  • It’s important to soak or pre-treat a stain as soon as possible to better the chances of removing it.
  • Always test a small area of the garment before pre-treating to make sure that the product doesn’t damage it, or remove its colour. (Tip to test if a garment is colourfast: Apply detergent to an unnoticeable area of the garment using a cotton swab. Leave it for 1 to 3 minutes before dabbing it with a piece of paper towel. If no colour comes off on the towel, the garment is colourfast, and you can continue to use the detergent. Do this especially when using white vinegar.)
  • Try to use detergents or laundry soaps that are specifically formulated to target stains.


  1. Apply the detergent directly to the stain and then rub the fabric together.
  2. Don’t wash the detergent off before washing it with other garments like you usually would.
  3. If the grass stains remain after the machine wash, use diluted white vinegar to remove any remaining colour.

Red Wine

  1. Cover the stained area with salt. The salt should turn pink, and that’s an indication that the salt is absorbing the colour.
  2. Put stain removal detergent on the stained area and soak the garment overnight in cold water.
  3. Machine wash the following day with other garments.


  1. Remove the most of the chocolate before treating the garment.
  2. Pre-treat the stain with laundry soap or stain removal detergent. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently spread the detergent into the garment’s fibers. You can also rub the fabric together gently. Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Without rinsing the detergent off, machine wash the garment on the usual cycle, but on the hottest temperature setting.

Chewing gum

  1. Soak the garment in hot white vinegar for 1 to 3 minutes after testing if the garment is colourfast.
  2. Gently remove loose pieces of gum, and repeat steps 1 and 2 until all the gum has been removed.
  3. Machine wash the garment on the usual washing cycle, at the hottest temperature.

Fruit juice

  1. Use cold water to rinse the area, which will dilute the stain.
  2. Pour stain removing detergent onto the juice stain. Leave it for 20 minutes before continuing to the next step.
  3. Machine wash the garment on the usual cycle at the hottest temperature, without rinsing off the detergent beforehand.


  1. Rinse the stained area with cold water, before applying stain removing detergent. Rub the fabric together gently. Let it stand for a couple of minutes.
  2. Don’t rinse off the detergent, and machine wash the garment on the usual cycle on the hottest setting.


  1. The mud should be dry before starting. Brush off as much as possible.
  2. Using a gentle detergent and some water, rub the fabric together gently to create soap. Rinse well, and if any stains remain, apply one part white vinegar and one part water and leave it for a couple of minutes. Wash the garment with a stain removal detergent to finish the process.
  3. What if the item doesn’t go in the washing machine? Apply step 1. Use a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and a cup of water to apply to the stain. Rinse with cold water.


  1. Rinse the garment immediately with cold water, if possible. Gently rub a small amount of dishwashing liquid onto the stain to help loosen it. Rinse with water, and repeat if needed.
  2. Apply a stain removal detergent directly to the stained area. Leave it for a couple of minutes.
  3. Do not rinse off the detergent, and machine wash on the usual cycle at the hottest temperature.


  1. Place a piece of paper towel under the garment and spray the stained area with hairspray until saturated. Let it soak for a couple of seconds and dab the stained area with a clean cloth. Repeat the process until all of the ink is out.
  2. Wash the garment in an enzyme detergent.


  1. Soak the garment in cold water, while gently rubbing the stained area with your finger.
  2. Depending on the size of the stain you’ll need to change the water if the water becomes pink.
  3. Use a stain removing detergent and allow it to soak before machine washing it.


  1. Apply a prewash stain remover and leave it to saturate the garment.
  2. Machine wash the garment on the hottest setting.

Tomato sauce and other tomato-based sauces

  1. Rinse the stained area under cold running water immediately if possible.
  2. Let the garment soak in warm water and dab dishwashing liquid on the stained area with a sponge.
  3. Machine wash the garment.

Hopefully these helpful tips will save some of your favourite items!

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