Stain Removal Guide



Asphalt, Tar Scrape excess from fabric with a dull knife. Sponge with

dry-cleaning solvent. Rinse with water. Apply detergent to stain.

Launder,

using hottest water for fabric. Use chlorine bleach if safe for

fabric.



Beverages (Wine, Alcohol and Soft Drinks) Sponge with cool water.

Soak for 15

minutes in 1 qt. of lukewarm water, 1/2 tsp. liquid dish detergent

and 1

Tbsp. of white vinegar. Launder. If stain remains, soak in an enzyme

presoak

for 30 minutes.



Blood Soak in cold water for 30 minutes. Wash with warm water and a

detergent. If stain remains, soak in an enzyme presoak and lukewarm

water for

15 to 30 minutes or apply a few drops of hydrogen peroxide. For old

stains,

apply a few drops of ammonia and wash with detergent.



Candle Wax Scrape excess from fabric with a dull knife. Spray or

sponge with

dry-cleaning solvent, then rub with heavy-duty liquid detergent before

washing. Pressing the wax between paper may set the candle dye more

permanently by making it harder for the solvent to penetrate the wax.

Launder

using hot water and chlorine bleach if safe for fabric.



Catsup or Tomato-based Stains Remove excess with a dull knife. Soak

in cool

water for 30 minutes. Work liquid dish detergent into the stain and

launder

in warm or hot water and chlorine bleach if safe for fabric. If stain

re

mains, soak 30 minutes in enzyme presoak. Rinse and launder.



Chewing Gum Rub with ice cube and remove excess with a dull knife.

Sponge

with dry-cleaning solvent or prewash stain remover and rinse with

water.

Launder garment as usual.



Chocolate or Cocoa Sponge with dry-cleaning solvent or treat with

prewash

stain remover. Rinse. Apply liquid dish detergent to stain. Launder

using hot

water and chlorine bleach if safe for fabric. If stain remains, soak

for 30

minutes in enzyme presoak. Rinse and launder. OR Bleach chocolate

stains with

hydrogen peroxide. Rinse with water and wash as usual.



Coffee, Tea (No Cream) Soak in solution of 1 qt. water, 1/2 tsp.

liquid dish

detergent and 1 Tbsp. vinegar for 15 minutes. Rinse with water. If

stain

remains, sponge with alcohol or soak in enzyme presoak and warm water

for 30

minutes.



Coffee with Cream Pretreat area with prewash stain remover. Rinse.

Rub in

heavy-duty liquid detergent and launder in hottest water possible for

fabric.



Cosmetics (Powder, Eyeliner, Shadow, Etc.) Sponge with dry-cleaning

solvent

or use prewash stain remover. Rinse with water and air dry. Apply

liquid dish

detergent to stain and launder in hottest water possible for fabric.



Crayons, Wax Remove excess with a dull knife. Place stained area face

down on

paper towels and spray with WD-40® lubricant. After a few minutes,

turn over

fabric and spray other side. Work liquid dish detergent into stain.

Launder

using hottest water possible and chlorine bleach if safe for fabric.



Crayon (in Load of Clothes) Scrape off excess with a dull knife. Wash

in hot,

soft water with soap (Ivory®) and 1/2 c. of baking soda for 10

minutes. If

stain remains, work in soap paste and run again for five minutes. OR

Take

load to a dry cleaning coin-operated machine or to a professional dry

cleaner

and ask for bulk cleaning.



Cream, Milk and Ice Cream Sponge with dry-cleaning solvent, prewash

stain

remover or dry spotter (see recipe). Allow to dry. Rinse with water.

Apply

liquid dish detergent and launder in hottest water possible for

fabric. OR

Soak in warm water and enzyme presoak for 15 to 30 minutes, then

launder.



Deodorants, Antiperspirants Soak in cool water. Apply detergent to

stain and

launder. If fabric is discolored, treat fresh stains with ammonia and

old

stains with vinegar.



Dye Transfer Pretreat stain with heavy-duty liquid detergent. Rinse.

Soak u

sing oxygen bleach. If stain remains and fabric is white, soak

garment in

diluted chlorine bleach (1 part bleach to 3 parts water). Launder.

Note: Today's dyes cannot be made colorfast if salt or vinegar is

used.



Egg Soak in cool water with enzyme presoak for 15-30 minutes. Rinse

and let

dry. Rub in detergent before laundering. If greasy stain remains,

apply

prewash stain remover and launder.



Fabric Softener Dampen the area and rub with bar soap. Launder the

garment as

usual.



Fruits or Berries Soak in 1 qt. warm water, 1 tsp. liquid dish

detergent and

1 Tbsp. white vinegar for 15 minutes. Rinse. If stain remains, sponge

with

alcohol, rinse and launder. If color stain remains, launder using

chlorine

bleach if safe for fabric or use an oxygen bleach.



Grass Sponge with dry-cleaning solvent until the stain is removed.

Rinse and

dry. Spray on wet spotter and several drops of white vinegar. Rinse.

If stain

remains, sponge with alcohol and thoroughly rinse. Apply detergent to

stain

and launder. Add chlorine bleach if safe for fabric.



Gravy Sponge with dry-cleaning solvent or use prewash stain remover.

Rinse

with water. Air dry, then apply heavy-duty liquid detergent to stain

and

launder. OR Soak in warm water and enzyme presoak for 15 to 30

minutes.

Launder.



Grease, Oil and Butter Sponge with dry-cleaning solvent, then air

dry. Apply

detergent to stain and launder. OR Use prewash stain remover and

launder.



Hair Spray Sponge with dry-cleaning solvent or dry spotter. Rinse and

allow

to dry. Repeat until stain is gone. Rub with heavy-duty liquid

detergent

before washing.



Ink, Ball Point, Felt Tip Marker Sponge on any of the following until

stain

is forced out: dry-cleaning solvent, alcohol, acetone or prewash stain

remover. Let dry. Repeat if necessary. If any stain remains, apply

heavy-duty

liquid detergent and launder. Certain hair sprays are effective on

ball

point, but some may leave a gummy residue and perfume.



Lipstick Apply dry-cleaning solvent or dry spotter. Blot with

absorbent

material. Continue treatment until color is gone. Rinse and air dry.

Rub in

liquid dish detergent and launder. OR Use prewash stain remover and

launder.



Mayonnaise, Salad Dressing Sponge with dry-cleaning solvent or use

prewash

stain remover. Rinse with water. Air dry. Apply detergent to stain and

launder