5 Types of Stubborn Stains and How to Get Rid of Them


Stains can occur at any time for a number of reasons. For most people, it can be very frustrating especially when it ruins your favorite outfit or your grandmother’s carpet. But, before you throw an otherwise good piece of garment away, use these simple stain removal tricks with solutions that are already in your household.


Ink is one of the most challenging stains that you can get on your clothes or furniture. It is also one that cannot be remedied by using soap and water alone. There are many suggestions online on how to get rid of ink stains but the most common and effective remedy is not with a usual cleaning product.

Hairspray is the unexpected hero when it comes to removing ink stains. First, place a paper towel under the stain to prevent it from spreading. Then apply hairspray until the entire stain is saturated. Next, blot the ink stain with a microfiber towel or cloth. You might have to repeat this entire process until the stain is completely gone. To complete the process, use an enzyme detergent to wash everything off.

Red wine

Accidents can happen when drinking is involved. Spilling your drink all over your favorite outfit is one of them. When this happens, don’t panic. There is a simple solution to safely getting rid of red wine stains.

First, cover the stain with a handful of salt to absorb that red color. You will notice that the salt will then turn pink. Next, get some cold water with enzyme detergent enough to soak the garment overnight. Then, wash and rinse as you would depending on the material.


Even the most delicious stain can be remedied. Don’t let chocolate stains ruin the fun because it only needs this simple solution. The first step is to remove excess chocolate from the garment. Using a moist piece of cloth to the area can easily do the trick. Next, pour liquid detergent on the area and rub the fabric together or gently scrub with a soft bristled toothbrush. Leave for ten minutes and wash.

Chewing gum

A chewing gum stain can be a sticky situation. However, a solution that is already in your pantry can help you get out of it. First, get some vinegar and using a cotton swab, apply to an inconspicuous area. Leave it for 10 minutes and see if no color comes off. Checking for color fastness is important to avoid damage to the garment. If no color comes off, you can proceed to soak the garment in hot vinegar. Leave it for three minutes before gently removing loose gum. You can repeat this process until all of the gum has been completely removed. After this, wash the garment as indicated.


Blood stains can be scary. But, it doesn’t mean you can’t get rid of the evidence. Promptly soak the garment in cold water. Then, gently rub the stain with your fingers. You may need to change the water for a couple of times if the stained area is big. Rinse, blot with a microfiber towel to avoid debris,  and soak with a stain remover for a few minutes before washing.


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