How To Remove Summer Stains

 

how to remove grass stains

How To Remove Grass Stains

What’s more summery than white jeans? Pesky green scuffs on your knees or derriere from the warm-weather stain menace: grass. Fear not, just follow these simple steps to remove grass stains from the remanence of a park picnic or lawn concert:

    1. Mix together an enzyme detergent (like Oxyclean) with a few drops of water. Enzymes (a naturally occurring protein) react with other chemicals in the detergent to break down greasy stains & dirt!
    2. Apply a thick paste to your garment.
    3. Let sit for ~30 minutes.
    4. If that doesn’t work, try again and then douse the affected area with one part water & one part vinegar.
    5. Tip: A stain stick can be a real life-saver in a pinch—especially if you’re hopping on the white jean bandwagon. Keep one in your purse if you’re headed to an outdoor event just in case!



How to remove deodorant stains

How to remove DEODORANT stains

Let’s face it: sweat happens. And there’s nothing worse than deodorant ruining your favorite cotton tee. Don’t fall victim to this summer (pit) stain—try these tricks to remove deodorant stains:

    • Soak your top for 15 seconds with cool water to break up the antiperspirant.
    • Work in an enzyme detergent with your fingers (dab, don’t scrub!) & let it sit for 15 minutes.
    • Machine or hand wash in the hottest water that’s safe for your tee (check the care instructions to be sure!).
    • Tip: If you’re willing to move away from your tried & true deodorant brand, organic or natural deodorants tend to be gentler on your clothes.



How to remove red wine stains

How to remove red wine stains

Good food, friends, laughter & lots of “cheers” means that a wine or sangria stain may be in your future. It’s a sign of a good time though, so don’t let it kill your vibe. Here’s an easy way to remove red wine stains ASAP:

    1. Cover the stain with salt as soon as possible—any salt will do!
    2. Let the stain & salt sit for 15 minutes.
    3. Heat up a tea kettle of water, then pour boiling water over the stain.
    4. Wash as usual & be sure to follow the care instructions on the label.
    5. Tip: If salt is not available, white wine will work in a pinch! It’s properties break up the color of red wine. But, fair warning, the stain must be fresh. This won’t work on an old stain.



How to remove ketchup stains

How to remove ketchup stains

Oh, beloved condiment of ballparks & BBQs everywhere. We can’t quit you. But, we’ll no longer let you ruin our favorite blouse when the end of the bottle betrays us. Here’s how to remove ketchup stains and mishaps:

    1. Remove any excess sauce, but be sure not to push further into the fabric.
    2. Soak the spot in cold water to loosen the stain.
    3. Gently rub detergent into the stain and let sit.
    4. Rinse & repeat.
    5. Apply a stain stick or spray stain remover to the affected area.
    6. Wash as usual & be sure to follow the care instructions on the label.
    7. Tip: Keep a stain stick in your purse if you’re headed to an outdoor eating event just in case!



how to remove lipstick stains

How to remove lipstick stains

This summer, it’s all about shades of coral & hot pink to pair with your new (spray) tan. So, what happens when it mysteriously shows up on the collar of your new sundress? Here’s how to remove lipstick stains:

  1. Soak the stain in cold water.
  2. Apply good old-fashioned dish soap, preferably one with a grease remover.
  3. Allow the dish soap to soak in, rinse & repeat.
  4. Wash as normal!

Have any tried & true tips for removing the peskiest summer stains? Share them with others in the comments below!


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