8 Stain-Fighting Tips That Will Save Your Clothes From Ruin

Emily Abbate Love It!

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There's nothing a lady despises more than getting a stain on one of her favorite articles of clothing. Whether it's that dream coat you found for a total steal at Target last week or your go-to favorite date night blouse, that nasty stain is nobody's BFFL.

Ketchup, wine, blood -- no nasty spill is better than the other. But good news: We have the tricks to getting 8 of life's most annoying stains out. And most of the items you need to fight the beast will be right in your cabinets at home.

Ready, set, tackle that stain:

1. Ketchup or sauce: Start by removing the excess product from the material with a spoon or knife. Then dab the area with a liquid detergent.

2. Blood: As quickly as you can, get the garment into a pot of cold salt water. Let it soak in the pot for about 3 to 4 hours, then rub the stained area with liquid detergent and wash as directed.

3. Mud: This one is very unexpected. Let the mud dry first, then remove as much of the dirt as possible with a toothbrush. Then take the cut side of a raw potato and rub it on the stain, and wash as usual.

4. Coffee: Soak the stain in a three-part solution of 1 tablespoon white vinegar, 1 teaspoon laundry detergent, and 1 quart water. Then wash normally as directed.

Stain Removal Tips

5. Grass: This one's a toughie with a few ways to treat it. One way is brushing the stained area with a non-whitening toothpaste directly to the stain (make sure it's not a gel-based, too). The other? Soak the stain in white vinegar.

6. Ink: Meet salt, your new best friend. To treat an ink-stained area, pour salt on the wet stain. Then spot a wet paper towel over the area and brush off the remaining salt. Repeat until the stain has mostly vanished, and launder as normal.

7. Sweat or pit stains: I SWEAR by this sweat stain removal tip from Huffington Post. Start by running the area under warm water. Then make a paste out of a quarter-cup warm water and 4 tablespoons of baking soda. Lather the paste onto the stained area, then let it sit for 30 minutes. Rinse off excess, then wash as usual.

8. Wine: Treat immediately with warm water and then put salt on the area and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Then rinse the soap out and treat with detergent, laying the garment down on a paper towel. Rinse again and then wash as directed.

Do you have any stain-busting tips of your own?

 

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