Don’t Toss It – Wash Away the Stains

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Once your apparel, sheets or blankets have unsightly stains, it’s tempting to just throw it out. Instead of replacing it or tossing out perfectly good clothing or linens, use these nifty tricks to remove any stain.

You’ll not only save money but a lot of time. No fails here – just stain removal!

Sweat Stain Remover

This option actually works. I’ve tried all the brands that remove light stains, but sweat stains seem to stick around no matter what brand I’ve tried. There is a cheap easy solution that removes the stain.

Simply soak the garments in salt water and air dry. No more stains!

Baby Formula

Make a small amount of paste out of meat tenderizer and water. Rub the paste in, rinse and wash as you would normally.


Mix liquid detergent with hydrogen peroxide. Blot the stain, repeating as necessary until the stain is gone.


Soak in cold salt water. If any staining is still visible, use hydrogen peroxide to rid the garment of any remaining stains.


Mix ¼ cup Borax with two cups of water. Spot treat areas with rust stains and wash.


Blot stains with isopropyl alcohol diluted with water. For set-in stains, spray a bit of WD-40 and scrub with dishwashing liquid.

Candles and Wax

First, freeze the fabric. This will harden the wax so you can pull most of it off of the fabric. Cover the area with cheesecloth and use a hot iron to melt the remaining wax onto the cheesecloth. Repeat until all wax is removed.

Mud and Dirt

Soak in cold water with dishwashing soap and white distilled vinegar.

Urine and Body Fluids

Soak in cold water with baking soda, then pretreat and wash as normal.

Oil-Based Stains

For fresh oil spills, use baking soda to blot up oil and wash. For set-in stains, spray WD-40, then use liquid dishwashing detergent to pull up the oil from the clothing or linens.


Blot with diluted isopropyl alcohol, then wash as normal.

Coffee, Tea, and Juice

Use distilled white vinegar to spot treat stains and wash as normal.