I have boys. Lots of boys, which means we have a lot of dirty clothes. And unfortunately, a lot of the time those clothes get stained while my boys are out adventuring. When my boys walk in with stains on their clothes my heart sinks. Not because I’m mad, but because I know that stains are hard to get out and clothes are expensive. I am on a mission to make sure that stains on clothing come out! I’ve searched high and low for the best ways to remove stains from clothes and here are my best tips and tricks.
How to Remove Stains from Clothes
I’m yet to meet someone who LOVES laundry. If you do, please come to my house and help me with my mountains of dirty clothes. When it comes to treating stains, busy parents don’t have a lot of time. These tips and tricks for removing stains from clothes, will make your life so much easier!
Removing Stains from Clothes
- Blood/Vomit/Poop- We’ve unfortunately all experienced having to deal with blood, vomit or poop staining our kids’ clothes. Even though my kids are getting older, these things still happens. I’ve discovered that the best way to get blood, vomit or poop out of clothes is to run the piece of clothing under cold water. You don’t want to do hot water because it will set the stain. For really stubborn stains, rub some dish soap into the stain until you have a lather. You can let it soak for a while and then wash it in HOT water! For stubborn stains, add 1/2 cup of Hydrogen Peroxide and 1/2 cup baking soda to the washing machine.
- Grass Stains- If you have boys like I do, you have grass stains! However, grass stains are not the end of the world and you can get them out. When I see a grass stain, I try to remove it right away. A little secret to grass stains in my house is using hydrogen peroxide. I mix with water and scrub-a-dub!
- Chocolate- This can be a nightmare if you don’t remove it out of clothing. Chocolate seems to set faster than anything. Remove the clothing from your child and run it under cold water. I usually take some dish soap and scrub the stain as well.
- Gum- Gum can be found in the weirdest places. You can use an ice cube on the gum until it becomes hard and just breaks off. It works well.
- Permanent Marker- When it comes to permanent marker, I’m surprised you’re just now joining us in this stain removal. Vinegar is your friend when it comes to removing permanent marker out of clothing. You basically want to blot the permanent marker with a vinegar solution until it comes out.
- Mud- When it comes to getting mud out, washing in hot water usually does the trick, using your traditional laundry soap. Click here for some tips for getting red dirt out of baseball pants. Those really are the worst!
- Food- This is one that I struggle with, but you really just need to work on the stain. I usually pre-soak food stains and then use stain remover to try to get them out. Typically, with a little work, food stains come out! For tomato sauce stains, treat with white vinegar and wash immediately in cold water.
There you have it, a guide to remove stains from clothes, even the most stubborn stains in my household!
What are your best tips advice on how to remove stains from clothes? I’d love to hear your tips!
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