You just bought a crisp white shirt. There’s no better feeling! You wear it out to dinner and… shit. You spilled some red wine on your brand new top. Don’t fret! You do not need to replace this top! There are some sure fire ways to get stains out of your clothes.
Over the years, Julian (my partner) and I, have collectively stained nearly every top we own. Whether it be a wine stain, a soup stain, a blood stain, a chocolate stain, if you act fast, you can get your clothes sparkling clean again.
Read on for 3 tips to getting out stubborn stains.
1. Act Quickly
If you just spilled something on your clothes, or just noticed a spill, the best thing you can do is act fast. If you’re at a restaurant, make sure you go home right after and get to work. If you’re at a friends’ house, ask to borrow a shirt (or whatever it is that you stained) and use their laundry tools. If you’re at home – get to strippin! You want to work on that stain immediately before it sets. Note: this method should work even on stains that are days old, as long as the article of clothing hasn’t passed through the washer and dryer yet.
2. Soak It
This is a vital step. Depending on the type of stain and what you have at home, grab some soap. If your stain is an oily stain, use something like Dawn (a dish soap). I usually use a no-name brand liquid laundry detergent from the grocery store. It doesn’t matter too much, as long as there is no bleach in it! Depending on the size of the stain, grab a cup or a bowl and fill it with hot water, adding a generous squirt of soap. Mix it around and submerge the stained part of the fabric under the water. Leave it for a few hours or overnight. You can keep checking on it every few hours. Eventually, the stain should disappear! Make sure you don’t scrub the stain at all as that just irritates the fabric and can make the stain go deeper into the fabric fibres
3. Wash It
Once your garment has soaked for a few hours and you can see that the stain is at least 80% out, you can pop the entire garment in the washing machine with soap and hot water. Make sure to only wash with similar fabrics and colours to ensure the dyes don’t run. Once the cycle is over, go over the stained garment to make sure the stain is completely out. Important: if there is a little bit of stain left, soak it again. Do NOT put the garment in the dryer as the heat will set the stain and you will not be able to get it out. Only once the stain is completely out can you use the dryer. That being said, we always recommend line drying since it’s much gentler on the planet.
Try this method out and let me know how it works for you! By treating stains quickly and effectively, we can save more clothing from the landfill and cherish the pieces we love!