How do you remove stains from clothes?


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The methods of removing stains from clothes, as well as the cleaning agents used, varies according to the type of stain on the fabric. Generally, most stains will be easier to clean off while it is still fresh. It is also recommended that the stained area on the clothing be dealt with first before washing the piece of clothing completely.

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The following are the recommended removal methods for the more common types of stains on clothes.

Deodorant stain

  1. For lighter deodorant stains, treat the stained area with laundry detergent and then launder the clothing.
  2. Darker deodorant stains need to be treated with prewash stain remover for five to ten minutes and then washed using oxygen bleach.


  1. Prewash the stained clothing with enzyme-based cleaning agents.
  2. Wash and rinse. If stain persists, wash again using fabric bleach.

Grease and oil

  1. For lighter stains, prewash with a stain remover or laundry detergent.
  2. Wash using the highest temperature setting that is safe for the fabric.
  3. For darker stains, place the stained area face down on paper towels.
  4. Pour the chosen cleaning agent on the back of the stained area on the fabric.
  5. Change the paper towels under the stain often.
  6. Wash using the highest temperature setting that is safe for the fabric.


  1. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover.
  2. Wash and rinse.


  1. Soak fresh blood stains in cold water then launder.
  2. For dried blood stains, soak in hot water with enzyme-based cleaners then launder.

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