#FashionHacks: How To Remove Clothing Stains

❤ By Jenn Shin

Messy eater? Overall klutz? If we could wear bibs 24/7 without looking like toddlers, we would. Basically, we know that feel, so we’re presenting #FashionHacks, the stain removal edition. Those cute duds of yours should stay that way.

Here’s our top tip: do NOT let the stain set! It basically means there’s a chemical interaction and the stain will bond with the fabric fibers. So, don’t apply any kind of direct heat because it will help set the stain. Moving on, here are 10 common stains and how to banish them from your closet…

Get enlightened and shop for clean ‘n crisp white clothing!


  1. Blood: Got a boo-boo? Riding the crimson wave? (Just keeping it real, ladies.) Rinse the stain in cool water and soak in lukewarm water with detergent for 10 to 15 minutes. Spot treat with an enzyme cleaner and launder as usual.
  2. Lipstick: Oops, you missed the mark? NBD. Try sponging or dabbing rubbing alcohol onto the stain, or spritz with hairspray and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wipe away with a damp cloth.
  3. Coffee: But first, coffee… Minus accidental spills! Blot the stain with cold water using paper towels or a cloth. Pre-treat with detergent. Got an extra stubborn stain? Beat an egg yolk, add a little bit of warm water and a dash of rubbing alcohol, and dab onto the stain.
  4. Tomato Sauce: Mmmm, spaghetti… Oops, dropped a meatball. Dab and blot with a mixture of vinegar and water to help lift the stain.
  5. Mud/Dirt: Having a green thumb and being an outdoor adventure enthusiast is cool. Mud and dirt stains? Not so much. Allow mud to dry and brush it off. Blot the stain with a clean, damp cloth. Flush with cool water. For a strong stain, try rubbing alcohol, then launder.
  6. Foundation: So you had a field day at the makeup counter? Color matching foundation can be a messy business. If you had a little accident, remove foundation by applying shaving cream to the spot and give it a good wash. If it’s an extra-deep stain, you can try an additional dab of rubbing alcohol.
  7. Wine: Wine more, whine less… That’s our motto!
    • Red wine: Pour white wine (ironic, isn’t it?) onto the stain and let it soak. Wash in cold water and ammonia. Rinse thoroughly.
    • White wine: Wash in cold water and ammonia. Rinse thoroughly.
  8. Fake Tanner: Saving yourself UV damage and using fake tanner instead? You go, girl! If you smudged some on your clothes, don’t worry. Dab on peroxide to help the stain lift.
  9. Butter / Cooking Oil: Love to cook and bake? Well, if you dropped butter or cooking oil on yourself, you can remove it with an overnight treatment of baby powder or corn starch to help suck up the grease. Launder as usual.
  10. Perspiration: SoulCycle classes, stressful job interviews, and meeting Chris Hemsworth make us perspire (that’s the ladylike way of saying sweat). Perspiration stains are, like, so persona non grata on our clothes. Try removing the stain with 3 powdered aspirin pills mixed in warm water. Leave the solution on for up to 1 hour and rinse in warm water. Repeat as necessary and follow up with vinegar for some extra stain-fighting power. Launder as usual!

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