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The Best Cleaning Tips for 6 Common Summer Stains

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Find easy ways to clean 6 pesky summertime stains.

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

1. Sunscreen

  1. Remove any excess sunscreen from the clothes or towels, and rinse under cold water.
  2. Rub or brush some Tide liquid detergent onto the spot. Don’t rinse the detergent off before starting your load of laundry.
  3. Run the load, using the hottest wash temperature that the garment’s care label allows.

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 Tide 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 rinse the garments in cold water
  2. Pretreat with Tide liquid detergent and let it set for 20 minutes.
  3. Without rinsing off the detergent, throw it in with your next load of laundry

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 Tide 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 pour detergent directly onto the stain, being sure to cover it. Use an old toothbrush to rub the detergent into the fibers of the garment. Then put it in your next load of laundry.
  • Mustard: Rinse with cold water, and then pour Tide liquid detergent directly onto the stain. Allow to set for 20 minutes, and then put it in the washer with your next load.

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

Always check the instructions on the garment’s care label, and try to clean all stains as quickly as possible. The longer a stain sits on clothes, the harder it will be to remove. If a stain persists after washing, repeat the previous steps before tossing in the dryer, as drying will set the stain.

Try Tide purclean, which is free of dyes, chlorine and phosphates, for these tough stains. Add Downy fabric softener as needed, and toss in Bounce fabric softener for a fresher clean!

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