15 Easy Ways to Remove Annoying Stains for Good

We love chocolate, coffee, and wine, except for when they stain our clothes. Then, it’s almost impossible to get rid of them and your favorite thing is ruined. Next time, don’t panic: those stains, and other common stains, can be easily removed using regular household items.

Here at Bright Side we want to save you time and frustration, so we’ve curated this list of hacks to bring your stained items back to life.

1. Erase those armpit sweat stains.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of vinegar
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 tbsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of hydrogen peroxide

What you need to do:

Put the shirt in a bowl and soak it in vinegar and 2 cups of warm water for 30 minutes. In a separate bowl, mix the rest of ingredients until they become a paste. Take the shirt out of the vinegar-water solution and rest it on a towel. Apply the paste to the stained area and let it work for 25 minutes. Wash out the solution and throw the shirt into the washing machine.

2. Remove grey and yellow stains from your pillows.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 part washing powder or washing gel
  • 1 part bleach
  • ½ part sodium boric acid or Borax

What you need to do:

Put the pillows inside your washing machine. Mix all the ingredients and pour them inside as well. Turn on your washing machine choosing a water temperature of at least 40°C and an additional rinse. Then, place them on a rack in a well-ventilated room or hang them until dry.

3. No more oil marks

What you’ll need:

  • Paper towels
  • Baby powder or flour
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Water

What you need to do:

Remove excess oil with the paper towel. Add a liberal amount of baby powder or flour onto the stain and let it soak up the oil for about an hour. Remove the excess flour and apply a small amount of dishwashing detergent and water to the stain. Rub it gently and throw the item into the wash as usual.

4. Eliminate stains from your mattress.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 part baking soda
  • 1 part detergent
  • A brush
  • A strainer
  • 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide

What you need to do:

Vacuum the mattress’ surface. Sieve the soda on the mattress and gently rub it using a brush. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then vacuum the soda. Now we’ll focus on the stains. Mix 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 10 ml of liquid soap in a spray bottle (use the mix immediately after preparation). Shake the bottle vigorously and spray the contents onto the stained area. Let it sit on the mattress for 20 minutes. Then, rinse the area with clean water and blow dry.

5. Forget about that spilled wine.

What you’ll need:

  • Boiling water
  • Table salt
  • Baking soda
  • A piece of cloth

What you need to do:

Don’t waste time. Wine works fast when trying to ruin your tablecloth or your blouse. First, soak the remaining wine, don’t scrub it because that will only make it spread. Then add boiling water to the stain, this will break up wine molecules, making it easier to clean. Carefully apply a mix of baking soda and table salt to the stain and let it sit overnight. Remove the mix and rinse the area with clean water. Soak the remaining stain with a cloth and repeat until the stain is gone.

6. Erase ketchup marks.

What you’ll need:

  • A knife
  • Dish soap
  • White vinegar

What you need to do:

Scrape off all the spilled ketchup using a knife. Cover the area with dish soap and then add white vinegar on top. Let it sit for 10 minutes and rinse under tap water, until spotless.

7. Use your hairspray as a lipstick stain remover.

What you’ll need:

  • Hairspray
  • A damp cloth

What you need to do:

Generously spray your hairspray all over the area and let it work for approximately 10 minutes. Clean the area by dabbing it with a damp cloth. Then wash it as you normally would to get rid of any residual stain and hairspray.

8. Say bye-bye to coffee stains.

What you’ll need:

  • Cold water
  • Liquid dish soap

What you need to do:

For fresh coffee stains, run cold water through the back of the stain until the water running through the fabric is completely clear. If this doesn’t work, try adding liquid dish soap mixed with a little cold water to the stain and gently rub the fabric. Let it sit for half an hour and rub it carefully again. Rinse with cold water.

9. Don’t let that ink stain ruin your shirt.

What you’ll need:

  • Hairspray
  • Paper towels or a piece of cloth

What you need to do:

If you don’t have hairspray at home, this will definitely convince you to buy some. If your pen leaves an ink mark on your shirt, cover it generously with hairspray and let it sit for 10 minutes. Blot the stain with a paper towel or a piece of cloth and launder as usual.

10. Take that dirt away.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 part vinegar
  • 1 part water

What you need to do:

Mix vinegar and water and pour it over the spot, letting it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Is the stain too stubborn? Add some more vinegar and water mix and gently rub the area. Then throw the clothing item into the laundry.

11. Say no to chocolate (stains).

What you’ll need:

  • A knife
  • Milk
  • Cold water
  • Liquid laundry detergent

What you need to do:

Scrape off the chocolate with the help of a knife. Pour milk over any spots and wait 5 minutes. Run the area under cold water and scrub it with your fingers. Finally, cover the spot with liquid laundry detergent and put it in the washing machine.

12. Remove grass stains easily with vinegar.

What you’ll need:

  • Vinegar

What you need to do:

Apply vinegar to the affected area. Rub gently and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then launder as you would normally do.

13. Fix that foundation fiasco using alcohol.

What you’ll need:

  • Cotton swabs
  • Rubbing alcohol

What you need to do:

Take some cotton swabs and dip them into rubbing alcohol. Rub the stain gently until it disappears.

14. No more blood stains

What you’ll need:

  • Cold water
  • Table salt
  • Hydrogen peroxide

What you need to do:

Mix table salt and water in a bowl. Soak the stain for 10 minutes. Rinse, and add hydrogen peroxide on the spots. Let it sit for 5 minutes and launder as usual.

15. Remove mustard stains in a fast and easy way.

What you’ll need:

  • A knife
  • Dish soap
  • White vinegar

What you need to do:

Scrape off all the spilled mustard with a knife. Cover the area with dish soap and add white vinegar on top. Let this solution do its job for about 10 minutes and rinse under tap water.

Do you have any tricks for removing stains? Share them with other Bright Siders in the comments below!

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