Welcome to Barefoot Lass's Stain Removal Chart. Many of these stain removal tips have been sent in by people just like you, while others I have collected through the years from many different sources. These stain remover tips are to be used on washable fabrics only. The stains are listed in alphabetic order. I hope that you find what you are looking for!
This important info
was sent in by Kelly W. from Missouri; "It is extremely important not to dry
anything with a stain in it. Sometimes folks forget about checking a stain after
working on it then they put it in the wash. Then they automatically put the
garment in the dryer and the stain bakes in making it impossible to remove. This
is especially important with ink, and protein stains. Always check your garment
before putting it into the dryer!" Thanks Kelly!
Dana from Victoria, B.C. Canada
writes; "For removing acrylic paint off clothes, hairspray works extremely well.
Test a small spot on the item and then spray on hairspray and use your
fingermail to remove the paint. Occasionally you have to wash twice, but it has
never failed me!" Thanks Dana! Susan from Boisie, Idaho wanted to share this
super tip with us; "Remove acrylic paint from clothes with pine cleaner. Soak,
scrub, repeat. Takes some time, but it works!" Thanks a bunch Susan! Christina
Nielson from Orem, Utah sent in this unique tip for getting acrylic paint stains
out; "First, always clean the paint up while it's wet, and blot off the excess
with a cloth or paper towel. Then douse it with Scotch using a cloth to blot and
rub the paint until it is gone or substantially faded. Then wash the article
with your usual detergent. Not paint or marks from the Scotch will remain."
Thanks for your wonderful tip Christina!
Blot the stain and dip it in cold water. Rub the spot
with a cut lemon, rinse, and air dry. Use prewash stain remover and then launder
with warm water. Arika from San Diego writes; "FYI - pouring boiling hot water
on a berry stain will get stains right out on any color clothes, even white. I
know this works for sure on a fresh stain but not sure about a set stain."
Thanks a bunch for sharing Arika! Also check out "Fruit Stains" below for more
help with berry stains.
Allow to dry
before scraping off excess. Sponge with a weak vinegar and water solution.
Amanda from Alberta Canada
writes; "An easy and quick way to remove blood is to spray the area with Windex
and rub a little. Then just throw it in the wash. No waiting or soaking
required." Thanks Amanda! Sheri from Houston, TX writes; "Use saline solution
for contact lenses to remove blood stains. Put paper towel under the fabric and
squirt solution onto it. Blot to remove any left over. It draws the blood into
the solution and doesn't harm the fabric like hydrogen peroxide may." Thanks
Sheri! PB Morehead from Colorado Springs, CO writes; "For removing blood use
table salt. Sprinkle liberally on stain, rub in and then wash as usual. Can be
used on dried blood, just dampen with water and then use the salt." Thanks a
bunch PB!! Darla from Herminie, Pa. writes; "Cover area with white unseasoned
meat tenderizer. Apply a few drops of water to make paste. Wait 15-30 minutes,
sponge with cool water." Thanks Darla! Yvonne from Miami, FL writes; "Hydrogen
peroxide will remove blood better than bleach. Saturate in peroxide, leave on
over night and rinse." Thanks Yvonne! Laura writes; "Hydrogen peroxide works
wonders. My only complaint is it can and will erode the fabric just as much as
chlorine bleach. Not take out the color but weaken the material, even demin.
I've been using peroxide for years and nothing works better but soaking in
peroxide is tough on fabrics." Thanks Laura! Marianne from Northern California
sent in this tip; "Drench the stain with ammonia and let sit. It will not
discolor clothing and always works for me." Thanks bunches Marianne! Mick from
England writes; "The best way I've found to remove blood is simply soak the area
in milk over night, the milk removes the blood, then wash as normal." Thanks
Mick! And last but not least, my tip for a fresh spot of blood; This sounds
icky, but it works, saliva will break down fresh blood stains. When you get a
fresh blood stain, spit on it! Wait a few minutes then rinse, pretreat, and
Place the garment in a plastic bag and put in the
freezer. Gently scrape off the frozen gum with a butter knife and blot with
dry-cleaning solvent. Or try loosening the gum by soaking in white vinegar or
rubbing with egg white before washing.
BUTTER, COOKING OIL
spot and rub on some cornmeal. Brush off the cornmeal and then apply prewash
stain remover, rinse. Wash in hot water. Make sure that the label allows for hot
water! Another surprising tip for oil and butter stains, is good old shampoo!
Just rub the shampoo on the spot with a soft brush. Let sit for a few minutes
and then wash in hot or warm water. Lore from Niagara, Ontario writes; "Here is
a tip to remove a butter drip from a cotton/poly pullover. I had washed and
dried the pullover before I realized that I had a stain. I tried several
different methods, and what finally got the stain out without damaging the
sweater was rubbing the degreaser/hand cleaner that my hubby uses when working
on construction equipment. I rubbed it into the sweater while damp, left for a
couple of hours, then laundered as usual." Thanks so much for the tip Lore! Ev
from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada sent in this great tip; "For removal of
greasy food stains, sprinkle flour over the spot and let sit for a while. When
you shake off the flour the spot will be gone. Launder as usual." Thanks for the
tip Ev! For an old butter or oil stain, regenerate the stain first with WD-40,
then rub in some undiluted dish detergent. Wash as usual.
Put the garment in the fridge for a few minutes. Then
gently scrape off the excess wax. Next, put a plain brown paper bag on
your ironing board. Put the garment on top of the bag. Now put another paper bag
on top of the spot and iron (on low to med setting) on top of the bag. You will
see a dark spot on the paper bag. Good! Now move the paper bag under the garment
to a clean spot. Move the bag on top to a clean spot. Iron again then repeat the
steps until there are no more spots on the bag. Then launder as usual. Steve B.
from Everett, WA writes; "In all of the remedies for wax removal it has been my
experience that an iron with a Teflon base should be used to prevent the wax
from wicking through the paper or cloth and sticking to the iron plate." Thanks
for the wisdom Steve!
I've received so
many great carpet stain removal tips that I had to make a whole new page for
them all! There is even a tip for carpet burns and much more! Just click HERE and you
will be transported there! Don't forget to return here to see all of the great
stain removal tips!
Blot or scrape off the excess chocolate, then flush with
club soda. For a tough stain: Sponge with liquid hand soap and ammonia; launder
as usual. Or, try this chocolate stain remover that the Sutherlads sent in; "To
get out those though chocolate stains, soak the stained article in milk." Thanks
guys, I tried it and it worked for me!
Soak in cool water, then dab the stain with a liquid
detergent like dove. Flush with cool water and let air dry.
One tip is to try blotting with dry-cleaning solvent.
Another great tip to remove crayolas was this one sent in by P. Victory from
Westlake, LA; "Add 1/2 cup of baking soda plus your usual amount of detergent
and the hottest water setting possible on your machine. I use the soak cycle
once, then turn to normal wash cycle as usual." This also works with lipstick
stains. Thanks for the great tip! Here is a wonderful tip that Lee-anne from MA
was kind enough to share with us for getting crayon stains out that have been
washed in a whole load of laundry; "I used about 1/2 - 3/4 cup of Lestoil and
about 1/2 of a small box of baking soda and 1/2 cup of regular detergent. When I
finished the load, the clothes were almost cleaned so I put them through another
wash with the other 1/2 of baking soda box and a little bit of bleach (because
my load was dark) It got rid of every spot of crayon and my clothes are looking
great again. For a dark load make sure you use a tiny amount of bleach and it
shouldn't bleach your colors. But it helps get rid of any leftover stains that
the first wash didn't get out." Thanks so much Lee-anne!
CRAYON ON YOUR DRYER DRUM!
Patty from Las Vegas writes; "I
was rushing to do laundry and neglected to look in any pockets for things. I
have a four year old son. Needless to say, when I was taking the clothes out of
the dryer, I noticed black spots all over the clothes and the dryer. Crayon.
I've never had this problem before, so I jumped on the internet to find help. I
found a lot of help for the clothes, and everyone said pretty much the same
thing for the dryer drum. So, I tried the WD-40 fix, and although it worked for
the stuff that you could scrape with no problem, it did nothing for the
"stained" stuff, and I was scrubbing for a least an hour. So my husband went to
the store and found this stuff called "Goof Off," and it worked great! You put a
little bit on a rag, wipe off the mess, and you don't have to scrub. After you
wipe all the mess away, you go over it with a soapy rag, and let it air out for
a day. " Thanks a bunch Patty!
Rachel, Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia writes "If you spill or splash some curry on your blouse or dress
quickly wet the stain and RUB ordinary bath soap (bar) on the spot. Then wash
out the affected area with warm (hand temperature) water and place the garment
along with your normal wash in the washer. Note: Do not rub liquid wash
detergent directly on curry stains as it leaves brown or red spots after washing
the garment." Ginny Foster from Schenectady NY writes; "Curry stains can be
removed from clothes with a paste of baking soda and water. Put the garment in
plastic bag overnight to keep it moist. Scrub and wash as usual. Note: Don't use
plastic dishes to eat curry, they will turn yellow but can be bleached with
Clorox." This last tip is from Joni from Johnstown, Pa.; "Curry stains on white
fabric can be removed by smearing the stain with white non-gel toothpaste. Let
set for about two hours and wash off." Thanks for the curry stain remover tips
Jolene Watson from
Devon, AB, Canada writes; "I have a great tip for removing dirt stains from the
knees of children's pants. You know... when they wipe out into a fresh pile of
top soil? Just cut a potato in half, rub it on the stain, and let set for a few
hours (or even overnight). Then just launder as usual. It really works! I've
done it more than once, even on light pink jeans!" Thanks for this spectacular
Marsha from Missouri writes; "My 13
yr old daughter threw her WHITE cheerleading uniform in her back back with a Dr.
Pepper that did not have the lid on good. Needless to say the uniform stayed in
the back pack all weekend long. Then she comes crying on Monday morning,
"MMOOMMMM you gotta get this clean!!" the only thing I found that took the stain
out was mixing 1 cup HOT water and 1/4 cup CASCADE dishwasher detergent. Be sure
to test a small hidden area for color-fastness first before doing this." Thanks
a bunch Marsha!
Stretch the stained area sightly over a pot in the sink.
Then pour boiling water through the stain from a height of 1 to 2 feet. Be very
careful not to splash yourself with the super hot water though!!
Pre-treat grass stains on washable fabrics by sponging
them first with warm water then dabbing the soiled area with un-diluted rubbing
alcohol. (use a clean cloth!) Then launder item as usual. Or, combine a few
drops of household ammonia with 1 tsp. of peroxide. Rub on the stain and rinse
with water as soon as stain disappears. Ellyne Baker from Clinton, Iowa writes;
"Grass stains are removed easily with white vinegar." Thanks Ellyne! Kathy B.
from Titusville, Pa. writes; "Felsnaptha Soap is great for grass stain removal,
especially on baseball and football pants. Just wet the bar of soap, rub on the
stain and wash as usual. Works great!" Thanks Kathy! Last but not least, Tammy
Nolff from Stuarts Draft, VA sent in this tip; "Take molasses and rub it into
the stained area. then launder as usual. It has worked on all washables that I
have used it on." Thanks Tammy! Jody from Madison, WI writes; "My tip is
probably based on the same principle as Tammy Nolff's. I use Light Karo syrup on
white baseball pants. Rub it in, wash as usual. What a time and cost saver!" You
said it Jody! Thanks a bunch!!
GET THE GREASE OUT BABY!
Grease: I have received so many great grease removing tips
that I had to make a new page just for grease stains! Click HERE for some of the best grease stain tips sent
in by some real experts!
Kay from Reading, Pa. sent in this tip; "First, put a paper towel
or a rag under the stained area to absorb the excess ink. Spray on a non-oily,
alcohol based hair spray. Saturate the ink stain with the hairspray. Blot with a
rag and repeat until the stain is gone. Apply prewash stain remover and launder
as usual." Thanks Kay! Also, C. Pillot sent in this dandy tip; "Try milk! Yes,
put the piece of cloth into a cup with milk and you'll see it vanishing... then
wash or dry clean as usual." Great tip! Thanks! Seroja from Malaysia says, "For
ink stains, rub with salt and wash with bath soap. It works!" Thanks Seroja!
Last but not least... Nancy writes; "Use simple rubbing alcohol to remove ink
stains. Take some alcohol on a rag, dab on the ink then wipe with a soft rag or
paper towel. Works like a charm! This isn't sticky like hairspray." Thanks
Tina from Florida writes; "Here is a great tip to remove
ketchup or tomato sauce stains. Just pour some Mr. Clean onto the stain and let
set for about 30 minutes. The stain should be gone, if not just soak a few
minutes longer. Just rinse and wash as usual." Thanks a bunch Tina! Here is
another tip that Barefoot Lass uses! Scrape off excess. Put a drop of lestoil on
the stain and brush gently with an old toothbrush. Rinse well and launder as
usual. Or, after scraping, pre-soak with a paste of water and enzyme laundry
detergent, rinse, dry, then launder.
Gwen Roscoe from
Illinois writes; I recently spilled red crystal light on my carpet and tried a
couple different carpet stain removals and nothing worked. Then I got this tip
from a friend. First take a wet white cloth and place it on top of the stain.
Then place a warm iron (on a low setting) on top of the white cloth. Leave on
the stain for 15 minutes. Repeat until the stain is gone. I now have my beige
carpet back again, stain free! This works on Koolaid as well." Thanks for the
fantastic tip Gwen! Linda McCabe from Kent Island, Maryland writes; "To remove
red dye number 2 (kool aid, punch, wine, etc.) spray a 50/50 mixture of ammonia
and water onto the stain. Place hot, steam iron on top of damp towel covering
the stain and let it set for 30 seconds. Lift the iron and the towel. The stain
will have transferred onto the towel. This even works on old, set-in stains!"
Got lipstick on his collar?
Get it out by rubbing the stain with a generous amount of petroleum jelly, then
wash as usual. Also, check out the crayon stains for another great tip that will
work on lipstick stains sent in by P. Victory! Susan from New Jersey wanted to
share this helpful tidbit; "Hairspray works on lipstick stains too!" Thanks
Sponge stain with cool water.
Soak in solution of cool water and dish washing liquid for thirty minutes for a
light stain and overnight for a heavy one. Rinse and launder.
Mustard contains turmeric which is
like a dye. So mustard stains can be tough ones! First scrape off the excess
mustard with a credit card or a plastic knife. Rub some glycerin (in the hand
cream isle at the drug store) on the stain and let sit for an hour. Then
pre-treat the stain with a stain remover such as "Shout". Launder as usual.
Betty from Atlanta, GA wanted to share this tip; "Mix 3 parts of dish washing
liquid with 1 part denatured alcohol. Soak the area of the stain in this for a
few minutes (10-20). If the stain turns dark... don't worry, it will wash out!
Rinse with hot water and wash as usual." Thanks Betty! Karon from Latrobe, Pa.
sent in this tip; "If the fabric is colorfast, sponge on white vinegar or
hydrogen peroxide. Then wash." Thanks Karon! Joan Kuchar from Washington sent in
this tip; "For mustard stains on white clothing, take a denture cleaning tablet
and add it to 1/2 cup of cool water. Then dip in the spot into the cup and let
soak until the stain disappears." Thanks a bunch Joan!
Note: Never use
ammonia on mustard!
Sponge the stain with
acetone based nail polish remover or banana oil, then immediately wash as usual.
If stain persists, do not put item in the dryer! Try adding a few drops of
alcohol and blot. Wash again. Do not use polish remover on acetate or triacetate
fabric... it will “melt” the fabric!!
Linda McCabe from Kent Island, Maryland writes; "To
remove red dye number 2 (kool aid, punch, wine, etc.) spray a 50/50 mixture of
ammonia and water onto the stain. Place hot, steam iron on top of damp towel
covering the stain and let it set for 30 seconds. Lift the iron and the towel.
The stain will have transferred onto the towel. This even works on old, set-in
stains!" Thank Linda!
RING AROUND THE COLLAR!
ring around the collar, try this simple trick: Wet the collar with warm water,
sprinkle liberally with cream of tartar and rub in well. Launder as usual.
use chlorine bleach on a rust stain! Try using a commercial rust remover. Just
follow the manufacturer's instructions. If you don't happen to have any rust
remover around the house, try one of these tips; D.G. Papillon, Chicago,
Illinois writes; "The safest and best way to remove is rust is rhubarb. Cut
rhubarb stalks into one inch pieces and put in a pot of water. When it comes to
a rolling boil, turn off the heat and let sit 10 minutes. put mixture thru
sieve. Toss rhubarb. soak rust stained fabric in solution for 1 hour to
overnight depending on amount of rust. Works well either warm or cold. Launder
item as usual. Works every time on any washable fabric." Thanks D! Or try
sprinkling the rust stain with salt, rub with lemon juice and place in the sun.
Keep checking the stain and make sure that it stays moist by reapplying the
lemon juice until the stain disappears. Rinse well! No lemon in the house? Try
this trick; Dampen the stain and then spread it with cream of tarter. Carefully
hold the stained area above boiling water for a few minutes. (a kettle works
well for this) Rinse well. The rust stain should fade as you rinse. Make sure
that the fabric can be washed in hot water. Hope in California says: "To remove
rust, especially on white clothng, it also makes whites very white, boil water
adding cream of tartar and dip and boil article for a few minutes, rinse. Super
white and rust free." Thanks Hope! Jamie Mayall an army wife from Butzbach,
Germany writes; "I used a mixture of white vinegar and hot water to remove a 21
year old rust stain out of the gown that I wore home from the hospital. First,
soak in white vinegar. Next soak in hot water and white vinegar. Check garment
to make sure that the stain is removed. Then wash as usual." Thanks loads Jamie!
000 SILLY PUTTY 000
from Altanta, GA writes; "Here is a tip for removing Silly Putty from clothes:
First put the clothing in the freezer for a little while, then scrape the area
with a dull knife to remove what you can from the surface. Put an old towel
behind the fabric, and soak it with rubbing alcohol, then rub with a piece of
old towel, removing bits of putty as they flake off. you may need to soak the
fabric again (and test in an unobvious place with alcohol first to make sure it
doesnt remove the color). hold it up to the light to make sure all the putty is
removed (repeat if it isn't). when all the putty is removed, wash as usual."
Thanks Melissa!Yet another Silly Putty tip sent in by Pam; "Rub salt into the
Silly Putty and it will come off!" Thanks Pam!
Rub the spot with
kerosene until it is removed, then wash with detergent and water. The kerosene
will not take the color out of most fabrics. But, it's always a good idea to
test it first! Serena from Canada wanted to share her great tar stain remover
tip with us; "Peanut butter also gets tar out, just launder after!" Thanks
Serena! Barbara Crowther writes; "I have always found that eucalyptus oil is the
best thing for removing tar or black oil. It works great on clothes, carpets,
shoes, and clears the nose too!" Thanks Barbara!
Venu was kind enough to send
this great tip in; "For Tea stains, Rinse the stained area with water, then add
some lime juice and leave it for a few seconds. Rinse and wash as usual. Now
you've gotta search for the tea stain!" Thanks Venu! And here is another great
tip from C. R. from Ontario, Canada; "Sprinkle salt on the tea stain while it is
still wet. Wash as usual." Thanks for the dandy tip!
Rub the sap with an ice cube, then gently scrape off any
excess sap. Sponge the stain with cleaning fluid and let air dry. Rub with
detergent and launder as usual. Mary-Leah Gordon from Bothell, Washington
writes; "I have found another way to remove tree sap from skin and clothing.
Just rub Purell or another antibacterial hand gel on the stain. For some reason,
it breaks up the sap and removes the stain. This also worked on the hood of my
brother-in-law's car that had sap stains from sitting under a tree and did not
damage the surface of the car at all." Thanks for the super tip Mary-Leah! Bill
Drake from Nevada City, CA writes; "Because tree sap is an occasional problem
when I camp, I took three substances with me to test when I recently camped and
tried each of them on still-soft drops of pine tree sap that had fallen on my
tent fabric: 1) Purell (I let it sit for a minute then wiped it off; it was not
very effective; it got some of the sap off, but not the stickyness); 2) Mr.
Clean Bug and Tar Remover (sold at my local auto supply place; not very
effective) and 3) Citra-Solv, a "natural" cleaner and degreaser created from oil
from oranges and sold at natural food stores (I dropped some on the sap full
strength, let it sit for a minute and then wiped it off with a paper towel, and
it worked great). Then I tested Purell and Citra-solv on dried tree sap (caked
with dirt) on my plastc ground cloth and found the Purell ineffective whereas
the Citra-solv (after sitting for a minute) was very effective." Thanks for
taking the time to research these tips Bill!Kristen from Grafton, MA writes; "I
learned recently that using alcohol, such as vodka, can remove tree sap from
clothing. I rubbed a little vodka into the sap on the clothing and then washed
the item as I normally would and the sap was gone!" Thanks loads Kristen!
from Glasgow, UK writes; "The best way to remove turmeric stains is to rub the
area with a lemon wedge and leave to dry in direct sunlight (Don't worry if its
overcast, I live in Scotland and it still worked!)" Thanks for the great tip
For red wine, soak with white wine! Then rinse with cool
water and wash with an enzyme laundry detergent. Diver writes; "To remove wine
from washable fabric soak stain in club soda, then wash in cold water." Thanks
Diver! Cindy Wilson wanted to add her super wine stain tip; "Pour salt over the
stain. The salt will soak up the wine. Then vacuum." Thanks Cindy! Joy from
Seattle, WA writes: "Soak the wine stained item in milk overnight. In the
morning, rinse the item well and wash as usual. This really works!" A Winemaker
from Sonoma, Ca. writes; "Whole milk or half and half immediately poured on red
wine stains will remove the stain like an eraser. It's the fat in the milk. It
absorbs the molecules. Let it soak awhile to penetrate and absorb; the red will
disappear immediately, but if it's on a carpet give it time, carpets are treated
to repel liquids." Thanks Ms. Winemaker! Karen Barrie, from Canada writes; "An
excellent way to remove red wine stains, even if they have been sitting
overnight, is a 50-50 mix of Dawn dish detergent and hydrogen peroxide. Just let
it sit a few minutes, then wash as normal. It works amazingly, and it has never
removed the color from any of my garments!" Thanks Karen!