1. Blood
Soak the item in cold water straight away, and then machine wash as usual.

2. Chocolate
Scrape off as much chocolate as you can, then pre-wash the item with stain remover in warm water. Machine wash as usual.

3. Grass
The longer you leave a grass stain, the harder it is to get out. Use a pre-wash spray first, then machine wash as usual with the hottest water safe for the fabric (check garment instructions).

4. Perspiration and Deodorants
Use a pre-wash spray first. If the stains are old, apply white vinegar to the stain. After rinsing, machine wash as usual with the hottest water safe for the fabric (check garment instructions).

5. Paint
If it’s a water-based paint, wipe of as much as possible with a paper towel. Rinse the item in warm water before machine-washing as usual.
If it’s an oil-based paint, sometimes they recommend an option. Otherwise, apply turpentine then rinse. Use a pre-wash spray; rinse, then and machine-wash as usual.

6. Tomato Sauce
Use a pre-wash spray first, then machine wash with a liquid detergent with the hottest water safe for the fabric (check garment instructions).

7. Markers
Sponge the item with dry-cleaning fluid, starting on the outside of the stain and working your way in. Do this on both sides of the garment with a towel underneath to force the market out. Rinse then machine-wash as usual.

8. Coffee
Soak the item in cold water, if you can’t do this immediately then start with sponging it with cold water. Use a pre-wash spray then machine wash as usual.

9. Gum
Rub an ice cube over the gum to freeze it, and then remove as much as possible by scraping with a blunt knife. Rinse, and then rub in dish-washing liquid to remove any remaining stain. Machine wash as usual.

10. Make up
Use a stain remover or liquid detergent on the stain. Machine-wash the item in the water temperature recommended.

Posted by no1ladydj, 5th July 2014

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  • A nice easy to read list.


  • removing stain and the tips


  • I am writing all these down. It’s so handy to have a stain remover list on hand at wash time and all these stains are regular, daily ones. Thank you, I hope they work, if not “I’ll be back!” Hehe


  • lots of great tips thank you


  • stories are great to read


  • nice and exellent to read the story


  • Some new tips learnt today.


  • Thanks for the hints. Although for blood stains I’ve always found that hot water works best.


  • Anyone knows how to clean crayon wax from ur tv screen
    help please
    and texta marker from ur leather sofa

    • Try distilled water and a micro-fibre cloth for the t.v. screen. And maybe try the Chux Magic Eraser squares for the text on leather. With both, try a small area in the corner first before really attacking the whole stain, in case it doesn’t work. Good luck!


  • Great tips here. I would add that if the tomato stain hasn’t come out after washing, hang in the sun. The stain completely disappears.


  • What I really want to know right now is what you do with bloodstains that have set (eg the kid had a copious blood nose at camp and it was a week before the clothes came home for washing; or the cushion I just found that suffered a similar fate a couple of months ago)?


  • Thanks for the tips, this will come in handy. I find that some stains just don’t come out as much as you try.


  • Great tips, thanks for sharing them :D


  • This list was something that my Mum put together and wrote out for me when I first left home. I misplaced it, and only found it recently in a cook-book that she had given me. It certainly came in handy many times for me over the years.


  • Your tips are great for those who can get a great benifit from them but I make a a mixture of things and have no problems with any stains and lovely smell. Your tips are really good for those who are unsure and will help them no end


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