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Stain Removal Tips – By Stain Type

Stain Supplies Steps Source
Baby Formula Cascade Dish Washer Soap Soak garment in Cascade Dish washer soap, it removes stains in minutes.
Ballpoint pen ink Rubbing alcohol, shaving cream or hair spray Dab rubbing alcohol on the ink, let it seep in for a couple minutes, blot the ink stain using layers of white paper towels or a cloth that has been dampened with either alcohol or water. If alcohol does not work try shaving cream and if that fails try hairspray but make sure hairspray is your last resort because hairspray can damage some fabrics and surfaces.
Cheese sauce Cold water, liquid detergent, color safe bleach First dab the stain to remove most of the cheese with a paper towel, then rinse with cold water before washing. If stain is dried up then scape or brush off any crusted matter then soak in cold water using a liquid detergent and color safe bleach After pre-soaking for 30 minutes, wash as usual.
Chewing gum Ice, flat-edged butter knifeIce, plastic bag, tooth brush Put the gum on ice until it hardens and gets frozen then scrap the gum of with a knife.For delicate clothes wrap the garment in a plastic bag and place in freezer until gum hardens, pull of as much gum as possible, then use the toothbrush to remove the remaining gum.
Chocolate Cold water, detergent Gently wipe as much of the chocolate as possible, next rinse as much chocolate off as possible, then soak in a solution of detergent and water for 30 minutes.
Crayon Liquid detergent Scrape off as much crayon as possible, apply liquid soap let stand a few minutes, rub fabric under warm water to remove the stain.
Feces Nature’s Miracle Follow the directions on the bottle. Blot. Rinse in plain water. See if need to repeat. If not, wash as normal.
Formula Hydrogen Peroxide, water Try a 50/50 solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water. Soak for 30 minutes. Launder as normal. Air dry. Repeat if needed.
Jam and Jelly Liquid detergent Use butter knife to get off excess fruit, rinse the stained area thoroughly with cold water, rub liquid detergent into the stain, let it stand for 5 minutes before rinsing with hot water, through the back of the stain over the sink. (Make the water as hot as you can to remove the stain)
Juice Stain Stick, baby wipes or a tide pen If you have on hand – use Stain Stick, Baby Wipes or a Tide Pen if not available use an ice cube to wet the stain and then wash as soon as possible.
Grass Alcohol Take a sponge and wet the grass stains with rubbing alcohol, let it air dry, rinse it again with water, work in some liquid detergent, rinse with cold water, let it air dry and then wash the garment as you normally would.
Ground-in dirt/Mud Liquid dish soap, laundry detergent, Scrape the dried mud, brush the excess mud, then put a few drops of detergent, then rub into the stain, add a few drops of water and brush it in with a circular motion, repeat more times if needed, then wash the garment one more time
Ice Cream Clorox Bleach Soak the garment for at least 30 minutes in a mixture of cool water and a detergent that contains enzymes. This will help soften and release the milk protein. Then launder as usual with your favorite detergent in warm water, along with other white clothing.
Ketchup Spoon or knife, cold water, laundry detergent Remove excess ketchup with a spoon or knife, run cold water through the stain, then gently rub detergent on the stain, and soak the garment in cold water for at least 10 minutes, then wash and air dry
Marker Ink Milk

Foamy shaving cream

Fill a bowl with milk and soak the stain, and then keeping changing out the milk for it will change color because of the marker.Permanent that, but you can try to use the cheap foamy kind of shaving cream on the stain. Wait for 30 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
Mustard Rubbing alcohol, dish soap, water Mix together rubbing alcohol, dish soap and water, put the solution on the stain and soak it for at least 10 minutes, then rinse the area with hot water and wash as normally
Nail Polish Nail polish remover, cotton swabs, soft clothes Moisten a soft cloth with nail polish remover, then blot the nail polish stain with the soft cloth, then use a different spot of the wet cloth until the spot is almost invisible and then wash the garment normally
Peanut Butter Butter knife First scrape the excess peanut butter, but detergent on the fabric and allow to seep in for a few minutes then   wash the garment in the hottest setting of water check the stain before dry cleaning
Pencil Detergent, Ammonia Rub a little detergent, and add a few drops of ammonia to the stain, tamp gently, and flush with water to remove all traces of ammonia, then wash the garment as soon as possible
Tomato Sauce Cold Water, bleach Sponge cold water onto stain. Pour glycerin over the stain and let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse in chlorinated bleach and warm water.
Sweat / Body oil Regular shampoo If you accidentally get sweat and or body oils on pillowcases and such, use regular shampoo. Just pour some on the stain rub it thoroughly then rinse and wash as normal.
Spit up / Vomit Warm water, ammonia Sponge off with warm water and a little ammonia. Wash as normal.
Yellowing Hydrogen Peroxide and water Try a 50/50 solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water. Wash as normal. Air-dry. Repeat if necessary.


Stain Removal Tips – By Product

Product Tip / Use
Biz  Great for all types of stains.  Great for stained shoe laces and cuffs of white shirts.  Just soak and then wash as directed.
Clorox Bleach Pen  Great for removing spots and smaller stains on white fabrics.
Goop-Hand Cleaner  Great for grease, goes on without water.  May remove stains from items that were washed and dried with a crayon.   Apply liberally and let sit, then wash as directed.
Hydrogen Peroxide Good for discolored or Dingy Clothing – add 2 cups and ½ the detergent to your wash.
Mother’s Miracle  Great on spit-up, urine, blood, etc.
Carbona Stain Remover  Removes various stains including rust.
Tilex Great for removing mildew on white fabrics.  Contains bleach.
White tooth paste Use an old toothbrush to gently scrub into stains. Great for grass stains on knees, sneaker soles, and white leather sneakers.
Club Soda Put the club soda on with a wet or damp cloth. Great for removing Spaghetti Sauce.
Hot Water  Works well on Kool-Aid and Jell-O type stains.  Hold fabric firmly and pour from a height.  Soak and repeat if necessary.
Oops Latex Paint Remover *wear rubber gloves Used for getting stains, marks, stickers, and marker off of plastic toys.  Use steel wool on stubborn marks.  Can remove crayon from chalk boards without damaging finish.
Goo Gone  Removes stickers, tar, grease, crayon, tape, etc.
Oxi-clean Multi-Purpose Stain Remover  Removes wine, juice, pet stains, etc. Make a paste with warm/hot water, then place on stain with a small scrub brush or tooth brush.
Oxi Clean Spray Gel Great for removing pen ink, permanent marker, etc.
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser  Great for cleaning plastic toys, sneaker scuffs and sneaker soles, etc.