How to Remove Stubborn Stains From Clothes

Stubborn stains can come from almost anywhere. No matter what the situation, all people are at risk of getting stubborn stains on their clothing. You could drop some of your lunch on your lap, fall into a mud puddle or have a sticky child grab onto your freshly pressed white shirt. If you find a stubborn stain on your clothes, you don't need to throw them out just yet.

Fabric stains can be tough to deal with.
  1. Scrape away any of the substance that is still on the fabric. Be careful not to spread the stain.
  2. Pour club soda onto the stubborn stain. This will keep it from spreading.
  3. Add a few cups of water to a small bucket along with several drops of detergent. This cleaning solution will work for many stubborn stains. Use rubbing alcohol for ink or grass stains, shampoo for mud or makeup and WD-40 for grease or crayon stains.
  4. Add some of your cleaning solution to a clean cloth, and use it to dab the stain carefully. This will move the stain from your clothes to the cloth. Rotate the cloth so that you're always using a clean area to blot the stain.
  5. Rinse the clothes with cold water once you have removed the stain.
  6. Treat the clothes with a pre-wash stain remover and wash in your washing machine with mild detergent. Allow it to air dry.

Things You Will Need

  • Club soda
  • Cleaning solution
  • Pre-wash stain remover
  • Detergent


  • Always dab a stain, rather than rub it. Rubbing a stain will spread it and make it worse.

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