December 5th 2009

How to remove common stains

It’s inevitable. Stains are always there to haunt you – again and again – if you don’t get them out right away. So here’s the master list – the must-knows – on how to rid your favourite clothes and gear of spills and accidents – making the “stain” a thing of the past.


If you can wash the item right away, regular laundry will work just fine. Also, you can pre-treat the stain with liquid bleach. If that doesn’t work and the fabric is white, mix one part of peroxide with six parts of water and rub it on the stain.


Soak the stain in white vinegar for 30 minutes. Then, launder the shirt in the warmest possible water for the type of fabric using an enzyme detergent like Tide. (We like to stick with the original Tide Powder Detergent).

Cooking or motor oil
Remove the excess oil, and dampen the stain with cool water.  Apply liquid detergent directly onto it.

Soak it in cold water with a sprinkle of ammonia for 20 minutes.

Sponge ethanol on the stain, then wash with cool, soapy water.

Soak the fabric in cool water, then rub with a bar of soap.

Apply rubbing alcohol and then rub in detergent.

Winter salt
If regular cleaning methods don’t work, stir together one tablespoon of white vinegar with one cup of water. Use a clean rag and buff stains from the shoes.

For red wine, pour salt onto the stain if it’s fresh, but don’t rub. Wait two minutes, then rinse. For white wine, blot, then use club soda after blotting up as much as the wine as possible.

For all stains…

After these steps, then simply run it through the laundry.

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