What are the best ways to remove stains from my laundry?

Last Update Date : Apr 25. 2018

Always refer to the care label to check the correct detergents and temperatures to use in the stain removal process. You can see a guide to what the different fabric labels mean here.


Some fabrics, such as silk and suede, are dry clean only and should not be cleaned at home.


Always test products on a hidden area of the garment.

 

TIPS
Rinse, dab or soak the stain at the earliest opportunity.
Do not apply pressure to the stain e.g. scrubbing. Always dab, rinse or soak.
Treat the stain from the opposite side of the fabric. This method ensures you are driving the stain out of the fabric, rather than it penetrating further.

 

 

Blood (wet or dry)
1. Rinse the stain immediately with cold water.
2. Soak the garment in cold to warm water mixed with detergent for 15 minutes.
3. Remove from soaking and dab the stain with household ammonia if the stain persists.
4. Machine wash garment in a separate load to avoid any risk of stain transfer.

 

Products to use:

Always refer to the care label to check the correct detergents and temperatures to use in the stain removal process. Some products may not be suitable for the fabric.

- Salt
- Detergent
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Household ammonia
- Enzyme cleaner

 

Butter/Oil
1. Immediately spray or dab the stain with a pre-treatment.
2. Soak the garment in warm water mixed with detergent for 15 minutes.
3. Remove from soaking and carefully dab the stain with diluted detergent or stain remover.

 

Products to use:

Always refer to the care label to check the correct detergents and temperatures to use in the stain removal process. Some products may not be suitable for the fabric.
- Detergent
- Dish soap

 

Coffee/Tea
1. Immediately soak the garment in warm water for 15 minutes.
2. Remove from soaking and carefully dab the stain with diluted vinegar or detergent.
3. If the stain persists, machine wash the garment at the hottest temperature recommended for the fabric (Check your garment label).

 

Products to use:

Always refer to the care label to check the correct detergents and temperatures to use in the stain removal process. Some products may not be suitable for the fabric.
- Vinegar
- Detergent

 

Sweat/Yellowing
1. Machine wash at the hottest temperature recommended for the fabric.
2. If the stain persists, soak the garment in warm water for 15 minutes.
3. Remove from soaking and lay flat with salt sprinkled directly on to the stain.
4. If suitable fabric, you may be able to use bleach as a last resort.

 

Products to use:

Always refer to the care label to check the correct detergents and temperatures to use in the stain removal process. Some products may not be suitable for the fabric.
- Salt
- Detergent
- Bleach
- Enzyme cleaner

 

Grease (not cooking)
1. Rinse immediately with warm water.
2. Soak the garment in warm water mixed with a heavy-duty detergent for 15 minutes.
3. Remove from soaking and treat the stain directly with detergent or stain remover.
4. Machine wash garment in a separate load to avoid any risk of stain transfer.

 

Products to use:

Always refer to the care label to check the correct detergents and temperatures to use in the stain removal process. Some products may not be suitable for the fabric.
- Detergent
- Mineral spirits

 

Mud

1. Immediately apply a pre-treatment or stain remover to the stain, let it soak in for 10 minutes.
2. Agitate the garment in warm water to loosen the mud.
3. Machine wash as usual.

 

Products to use:

Always refer to the care label to check the correct detergents and temperatures to use in the stain removal process. Some products may not be suitable for the fabric.
- Vinegar
- Detergent
- Hydrogen peroxide

 

Wine (Red)
1. Dab the  stain immediately with kitchen roll to remove any excess.
2. Rinse the garment with warm water.
3. Lay the garment flat and sprinkle salt directly on to the stain.
4. If possible, apply white wine to neutralise the stain.
5. Machine wash as usual.

 

Products to use:

Always refer to the care label to check the correct detergents and temperatures to use in the stain removal process. Some products may not be suitable for the fabric.
- Salt
- Detergent

 

 

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