Whether it's a red wine spill at a dinner party, sweat marks on your favorite top or a leaky pen in your new tote bag--you're going to encounter a pesky stain every now and then. However, that doesn't mean that it's the end of the world or the end of your beloved fashion items.
With that said, we've rounded up a quick how-to guide on removing some of the most common stains. Check them out in the slideshow below!
Spray a bit of hairspray onto the stain. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. Next, gently wipe off the spray with a dry, white cloth. Rinse the shirt in warm water or wash accordingly.
Grease or Oil Stain
Blot the stain with a clean cloth to remove as much of the grease as possible. Work from the outside of the stain towards the center to prevent the stain from spreading. Mix laundry detergent with baking soda to make a paste (it should be the consistency of toothpaste). Spread the paste onto the stain. Lightly scrub the stain on both sides of the garment with an old toothbrush to work the paste into the stain. Let the stain set with the paste for 10 minutes then rise with water.
Red Wine Stains
Drape the stained section of the garment over an empty bowl. Using a clean, dry cloth, dab (never rub) at the stain to absorb an excess wine. Cover the entire stain with water. Next, cover the stain with a generous helping of salt and let sit until the salt begins to absorb the stain (it will start to turn pink). Slowly--and carefully--pour boiling water onto the stain from a height of about six to eight inches. Let sit until the stain lifts. If the stain doesn't come out after following the steps above, soak the cloth in a solution of one part vinegar to two parts water. Once the stain lightens, launder the item as usual. However, don't put the item in the dryer until the stain is completely gone because the heat might cause the stain to set.
You can use glycerin soap on the spot (hairspray will work, too), then treat with a detergent and very little water. Rub gently to form suds and then rinse.
Try this mixture out: One part baking soda, one part hydrogen peroxide, one part water. Make a solution out of the those 3 ingredients. You will need about 1/4 cup each of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and water to treat one shirt. Rub the mixture into the stains and allow it to work for at least 30 minutes. Use an old toothbrush or bristle brush to loosen any residue and then wash as usual in warm or cold water.
Apply a prewash product. Let the mixture soak in. Next, scrub lightly with a suede brush or old toothbrush. Wash the item using an enzyme detergent. If the stain persists, wash again with an oxygen bleach for colors or a chlorine bleach for whites.
If the stain is still wet, soak in water and apply a small amount of ammonia with a Q-tip. If your clothing is light-colored you can dab the stain with hydrogen peroxide--which creates a powerful bleach. For dried bloodstains, apply an enzyme prewash product or soak the clothing in warm water with an enzyme detergent before washing.
Using a butter knife remove any mustard remaining on the fabric. Add a heavy-duty liquid detergent to the stain and then rinse thoroughly. Soak the garment in a diluted mixture of water all-fabric bleach. Launder in cool water. Do not dry the item if the stain remains. Repeat the steps until stain completely gone.