How to Remove Spots that Show Up On Laundry

How to Remove Spots that Show Up On Laundry

How to Remove Spots that Show Up On Laundry? Removing spots from laundry depends on the type of stain and the fabric involved.

Here’s a general guide to removing common stains:

  1. Act Quickly: The sooner you treat a stain, the better chance you have of removing it.
  2. Identify the Stain: Different stains require different treatment methods. Common stains include:
    • Grease/Oil: Use dish soap or a grease-fighting detergent to pre-treat the stain before washing.
    • Ink: Rubbing alcohol or hairspray can help break down ink stains. Rinse with cold water before washing.
    • Blood: Cold water works best for blood stains. Soak the fabric in cold water, then wash with detergent.
    • Wine/Coffee/Tea: Rinse the stain with cold water, then treat with a stain remover or detergent before washing.
    • Grass: Make a paste with water and laundry detergent, then rub it onto the stain before washing.
    • Sweat: Pre-treat with vinegar or baking soda, then wash as usual.
    • Mud: Let mud stains dry completely, then brush off excess dirt before washing with detergent.
  3. Pre-Treat: Apply a stain remover or liquid detergent directly to the stain and let it sit for a few minutes before washing.
  4. Wash Properly: Follow the care instructions on the garment’s label. Use the appropriate water temperature and laundry detergent for the fabric.
  5. Check Before Drying: Make sure the stain is completely gone before putting the garment in the dryer, as heat can set stains.
  6. Repeat if Necessary: Stubborn stains may require multiple treatments. If the stain persists after washing, repeat the pre-treating and washing process.
  7. Use Bleach Carefully: For white fabrics only, you can use bleach to remove tough stains. Follow the instructions on the bleach bottle and test it on a small, hidden area of the fabric first to ensure it won’t cause damage.
  8. Consider Professional Help: For delicate fabrics or particularly stubborn stains, it may be best to take the garment to a professional cleaner.

Laundry tips to save time and extend the life of your clothing : Life Kit : NPR

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