Remove Stains on the Go

Remove Stains on the Go

Find out what common household items can help keep your clothes stain-free.


Say you’re at lunch, mentally preparing for a big meeting or presentation. As you’re going over the important points in your head, something spills — not onto the napkin, no, but right down the front of your shirt.

Stains are an unfortunate part of our lives. While some of them require serious pretreating, others can be significantly reduced, if not completely removed, if you use the right things and act quickly.


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Club Soda
Perhaps the most well known of the stain removers, club soda has been rumored to have the ability to take on any stain you could possibly manage to get. Whether it’s because of its fizziness, its carbonation or acidity, club soda or seltzer water reigns supreme when it comes to removing stains in a pinch and when simple water won’t do it.

Lemons
If you don’t have any club soda on hand, try getting your hands on a lemon. Many people have sworn up and down that using lemon juice and salt on a stain will lift nearly anything after a quick rinse and dry — which is less terrifying than attempting to scrub something like silk.

Hand Sanitizer
Strangely enough, those little bottles do more than just keep your hands clean. The high alcohol content (which is what kills germs) also lifts up and breaks down stains. These gels also work on ink — one of the most dreaded stains of all. Just blot some onto the stain. The alcohol will cut through the grease, which stops it from leaving the fabric translucent, and should lift out anything problematic. Be sure to rinse the spot, however, and to use a non-moisturizing sanitizer or you could just be adding to the problem.

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Likewise, the alcohol in hair spray helps remove stains, too.

Artificial Sweetener
Aside from sweetening up coffee and other beverages, powdered artificial sweeteners’ can actually absorb stains. If you happen to find yourself staring at an oil-based stain (liquid foundation, mascara, etc.), cover the area with some of the powder, let it sit and then brush it off. With a little persistence you should be able to get most, if not all, of the stain off.

Bread
This gem helps get one of the harder stains — lipstick — off with amazing proficiency. White bread can even go as far as loosening and removing lipstick off wool. Just tear off the crust, bunch up the rest and blot the stain until it’s gone. Sure, you may have crumbs on your outfit, but it’s definitely worth the trade-off.

Although stains always seem to end up in the most unexpected places during the most inopportune times, being prepared with knowledge is always helpful.

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@Angie - Happy to hear it, thanks for sharing!

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Angie

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Really nice to know. I learned a couple of tips I didn't know!

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Can I print tide coupons?

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