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5 Ways To Get Tough Stains Out

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Stains Out

There’s nothing worse than wearing a dress that you love only to stain it with your dinner. Unfortunately, many stains don’t come out with a simple wash. If you’re lucky, you may be able to get the stain out at the dry cleaners, however, that’s not always the case. If you’re one of those people that’s frequently spilling things on your clothing, or you have kids, take a look at some of the best tips for removing tough stains from clothing.

Spot Remover

You know those little stain remover pens that they sell in the grocery store? Those aren’t just a gimmick! It really works! If you carry one on you at all times it can help prep the stain for removal later. It’s a great tool for carrying around for emergency situations.

Salt

Oil-based stains don’t always come out with spot stain remover. Many people swear by salt sprinkled on the stain, and then brushing the stain after a few minutes of soaking. If you do this combined with a wash in the washing machine, you should be able to get most oil-based stains out.

Toothpaste

For parents with kids who play sports, you probably have your fair share of grass stains to take care of that never come out You may be surprised to find that grass stains can be removed with toothpaste! Simply squeeze the toothpaste onto the stain, and use a toothbrush to brush off the stain.  Just make sure that you use traditional toothpaste and not a gel base. It’s not as effective as a good old paste.

Shampoo

Have you ever worn a white collar only to get makeup on it? Even though it may seem like it’s time to throw the shirt away, it may be able to be revived with shampoo,  Shampoo is known for getting even the most stubborn makeup stains out of white clothing, because it’s specifically made to combat oil.

Simply apply the shampoo to the stain, and scrub the collar against itself. The more vigorously you scrub, the more successful you’ll be in getting the stain out.

Hairspray

If you’ve ever gotten ink on a shirt, you know that it’s nearly impossible to get out in the wash. All it takes is one small streak of ballpoint pen to ruin your favorite pair of pants or shirt. Believe it or not, hairspray is the answer!

Spray a little hairspray on the pen mark, and rub the stain with another piece of fabric, and it will disappear as quickly as it appeared. Don’t even bother rinsing it, it will dry instantly— just like magic!  For extra tough pen stains, you may have to spray it and rub it a few times— it should come out after a few tries.

Kelly Passarelly
Kelly Passarelly is a professional writer and blogger that loves to write about different topics.

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