Things You Will Need
- Index card
- Dishwashing soap
- Old toothbrush
- Fabric-safe bleach
- White vinegar
- Rubbing alcohol
It was a great meal, until you dropped that food, covered in hot sauce, right on your crisp, white shirt. Accessorizing is one thing, but a giant orange-red spot on your shirt was not the look you were seeking.
Before you turn that beloved--or possibly expensive--shirt into a set of rags, take a few minutes to try to remove the stain. With some household ingredients, you can get rid of that spot and get back to enjoying your favorite foods.
- Grab an index card and scrape the top of the stain, removing any sauce or particles. Throw away the index card.
- Mix a solution of one cup of water and a few drops of dishwashing soap. Dip your toothbrush in the mixture and scrub the stain. Avoid rubbing the stain onto any other parts of the shirt.
- Fill a bucket with cool water and soak the shirt in the cool water for 30 minutes.
- Wash the shirt in warm water, with fabric-safe bleach, according to manufacturer instructions. If your shirt cannot tolerate bleach, add half a cup of white vinegar to the wash.
- Check the spot before drying the shirt. If the stain remains, sprinkle a few drops of rubbing alcohol on the stain and leave it for 20 minutes. Then wash it again.