The Best Cleaning Tips for 6 Common Summer Stains

The Best Cleaning Tips for 6 Common Summer Stains

Find easy ways to eliminate 6 pesky summertime stains with our cleaning tips.


Summer is filled with green grass, ice cream and grillouts, but these joys can easily translate into unsightly stains on clothing. Keep that summer-fresh feeling alive in clothes with this guide.

1. Sunscreen

  • Clothes: Pre-treat the sunscreen stain with liquid detergent, and then wash in warm water.
  • Swimsuits: Hand wash in cool water with liquid detergent and rinse thoroughly.
  • Beach towels: Make a thick paste from powdered detergent and water, and then spread on the stain. Leave it overnight and launder in warm water.

Tip: Avoid stains by using sunscreens free of the chemical avobenzone.

2. Dirt
Use this easy six-step method to rid dirt stains from summer clothing:

  1. Brush excess dirt off surface of the fabric
  2. Rinse in cold water to dilute stain
  3. Create a solution of 1 1/2 tablespoons liquid detergent per gallon of cold water
  4. Soak garment for 30 minutes
  5. Wash in warm water as usual
  6. If stain remains, repeat steps before drying

3. Fruit Juice
Easily wash away stains from fruit juice on white clothing:

  1. Immediately soak garments in cold water for 20-30 minutes
  2. Pretreat with liquid detergent and wash in warm water
  3. If stain remains, sprinkle 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and allow to sit until stain is gone
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4. Ice Cream and Grass
Rid colored cotton or linen garments of ice cream and grass stains with our five simple steps.

  1. Brush excess stain off surface of fabric
  2. Rinse in cold water to dilute stain
  3. Pre-treat stain by covering with liquid detergent. Allow to set for 20 minutes
  4. Wash in warm water as usual
  5. If stain remains, repeat steps before drying

5. Ketchup and Mustard

  • Ketchup: Brush off excess sauce and soak garment in water for 20-30 minutes. Rub with white bar soap and launder in warm water.
  • Mustard: Get garment damp, and then rub liquid detergent into stain. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, and then rinse.

Tip: For deeper mustard stains, submerge in hot water mixed with laundry detergent for several hours.

6. Sweat
Remove sweat and antiperspirant buildup on your favorite tank tops and white shirts.

  1. Rinse sweat and antiperspirant stains with cool water for 15 seconds to dilute salts and acids
  2. Pre-treat stains with liquid detergent containing enzymes and set for 15 minutes
  3. Wash with fabric-safe bleach in the hottest water that is safe for fabric

Clean all stains as quickly as possible. The longer a stain sits on clothes, the harder it will be to remove.

Does anyone know how to remove paint (the kind you pain a house with) from an acrylic sweater?

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I soak stains in a paste of vinegar & baking soda. Then I will scrub with a stain remover or detergent right before washing.

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