Nobody likes stains, especially when it comes to your whites. But fear not. We've assembled these quick and easy DIY stain removal tips for quickly dealing with the meanest stains.
First, a few rules of thumb before we dive into specifics.
Make sure never to rub stains in while trying to get them out -- this will only aggravate the problem and make the stain much more difficult to deal with. Instead, perform a light dabbing motion to suck up the stain. Make sure to treat a stain as fast as possible after the initial occurrence, and always, always treat a stain before popping in the washer. For best results, finish the job with some Tide Vivid White + Bright.
Now let's get to it.
Vinegar for Grass Stains
Remove grass stains with a simple mixture of a 1/3 cup of white vinegar and 2/3 cup of water. Then apply on stain and blot with a clean cloth. Repeat until the stain is removed as much as possible, then launder as usual.
Salt and Cold Water for Red Wine Stains
The dreaded red wine stain. First douse the fabric with salt, then dunk in cold water. Blot until the stain disappears, and make sure to wash the fabric as soon as possible.
Rubbing Alcohol and Baby Wipes for Lipstick Stains
Lipstick stains can be a pain. Luckily we have an easy solution to help you deal with them. Simply blot with a baby wipe or a washcloth moistened with rubbing alcohol.
Hydrogen Peroxide for Blood Stains
Hydrogen peroxide is kind of a miracle cleaner, and can remove blood, coffee and tea stains. Dab the stain with peroxide and blot as usual. Pour cap size amounts over the stain, allowing the peroxide to fizz up. Keep applying cap size amounts until the fizzing stops, then gentle rub out the rest of stain.
Crushed Aspirin for Pit Stains and Dirty Socks
Simple. You can remove yellow underarm stains by crushing several aspirins into a cup of hot water, then pour over stain. Rinse it out and then launder as usual.
Rubbing Alcohol or Hairspray for Ink
On cotton, apply rubbing alcohol to the spot, then wash. On polyester, spray liberally with hair spray and pat with a clean, dry cloth. Then wash.
Shampoo for Grease and Oil Stains
Shampoo is essentially designed to get grease and natural oils out of your hair. Pre-treat your whites with a little shampoo before throwing in the wash and voila! Brighter than ever.
Club Soda for Coffee Stains
A classic solution: Apply a little club soda to the stain and proceed to dab with a cloth. Of course, make sure to finish off with some <a href="http://www.tide.com/en-US/product/tide-vivid-white-and-bright-powder.jspx" target="_hplink">Tide Vivid White + Bright</a>.
Methylated Spirits for Grass Stains
Grass stains on that new white dress or t-shirt? No sweat. Grass stains can be removed by wiping the article over with methylated spirits. Repeat until the stain is gone and wash.