How to Remove Stains | Top 10 Stain Removal Solutions

How to Remove Stains by Woodard Cleaning & Restoration in St. Louis, Mo.

Life happens, stains happen. To alleviate your biggest stain blunders, we've compiled a list of the top 10 stain removal solutions and advice on how to remove stains in the home.

Chocolate Stains

The worst part about chocolate stains? The loss of valuable chocolate! However, with the help of a little Dawn dish soap, chocolate stains disappear like magic. Simply rub some Dawn dish soap (amount equivalent to the size of the stain) directly into the stain, and then rinse with cold water. Repeat the process as necessary to ensure a stain-free finish.

Makeup Stains

Luckily for the ladies, makeup stains are fairly easy to remove from clothing. Before tossing the stained garment into the washing machine, take a minute to pre-treat the stain with your favorite stain remover (we love Shout and Tide), then wash as usual with hot water. The pre-treating power combined with the hot water is sure to save your wardrobe!

Grass Stains

With summer fun in full-force, grass stains are inevitable. To send grass stains packing, try this signature stain removal solution: slowly combine baking soda and white vinegar until a paste is formed, then rub it into the grimy green grass stain. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. If the stain didn't budge, try the process again.

Blood Stains

Between skinned knees on the playground and sliced fingers in the kitchen, blood stains are bound to happen. To remove the “ick” from blood-stained clothing, mix 1 cup of water, with ½ cup of baking soda, and ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide. Apply the mixture to the stain, allowing it to sit for at least 25 minutes. The final step is washing the garment as usual – after a quick run through the rinse cycle, you’ll be stain free!

Ink Stains

While not very eco-friendly, aerosol hairspray certainly does work wonders when it comes to eliminating ink stains - who knew? To quickly eliminate ink stains, spray the hairspray directly onto the stain, and then rub it in thoroughly. Finally, rinse the garment with cold water (use tap water or the rinse cycle). Bye, bye ink!

Gum Stains

Don’t let gum stains stress you out – freeze them away! Seriously, all you have to do is rub a few ice cubes across the clumped up gum. The coldness from the ice cubes causes the gum to harden and break away from the garment. See, we told you there was no stress needed! Now, let the bubble blowing contests commence.

Coffee Stains

Nothing is worse than spilling your morning cup of coffee all over yourself – don’t worry, we've all been there. While we can’t cure the humility that comes with walking around with coffee stains all over your shirt and pants, we can salvage the garments. Coat the stain with your favorite stain remover, then wash the items immediately. Coffee stains are pretty brutal, so that may not do the trick – you may have to take the process one step further by blotting the stain with rubbing alcohol, rinsing with cold water, then air drying.

Sweat Stains

As the infamous source of those unsightly yellow-armpitted t-shirts, there’s no pretty way to put it: sweat stinks. To get rid of embarrassing sweat stains, try this: slowly combine baking soda and water until a paste is formed, rub the concoction directly into the stain, then wash the garment in hot water.

Crayon Stains

For the best results, take a few minutes to scrape off as much crayon as possible before washing, or treating the stain. Next, rub some liquid dish soap into the stain, letting it stand for 3-5 minutes. Using an old toothbrush, rub the stain under warm water, then wash the garment as usual on the hottest possible setting.

Red Wine Stains

Nothing ruins a night of wining and dining faster than a red wine stain on your clothing. If your glass of red wine took a turn for the worst, try this: combine equal parts of hydrogen peroxide with Dawn dish soap, and then dab the mixture directly onto the stain, allowing it to sit for a full minute. To finish the job, wash the garment as usual, using cold water.