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Removing Stains from Clothing

I have a winter jacket, navy blue with a white stripe. It's two years old. I washed it and the blue is perfect, but dark greyish stains remained. I washed it in HE Purel (front loader washer) and the white still had greyish stains. How to I remove them?

By Micheline from Ottawa ON Canada

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March 26, 20110 found this helpful

I spilled a cup of bright yellow chicken broth on the counter where my blue spring windbreaker jacket happened to be laying. Now there's a bright yellow stain all over my jacket. I tried Spray and Wash, Oxiclean, rubbing alcohol, hairspray, Murphy's oil soap, and nothing has helped even fade the stain!

By Beth from IL


Removing Stains from Clothing

I have had good luck with Dawn dishwashing detergent. (07/08/2010)

By Merlene

Removing Stains from Clothing

Use the Dawn, Era, Wisk, etc. A protein/grease breakdown detergent soap. (07/08/2010)

By TandT Grandma

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March 19, 20080 found this helpful

I am a plus size lady and have a rather heavy bust. Whenever I eat, I somehow spill food on my tops and they don't come out in the wash. Most of my tops are clean but have these stains on them and I don't like to wear them. I don't want to throw them away because there is nothing wrong with them other than the stains. Anybody have any ideas for me? Would really appreciate it.

Peggy M. from Gaithersburg, MD



To remove stains off of your clothes. I use Dawn dish soap. I apply it to the spot, rub it in and wash as normal. Check the spot when you take the garment out of washer, if there is still a spot APPLY Dawn and wash again. DO NOT put it in dryer until the spot it GONE because dryers set the stains so they cannot be removed. It was worked for me for YEARS.

By Marie

Removing Stains with the Sun

I love summer time! It's the best time to remove food stains from my toddlers clothes. If "food" stains did not get removed in the washer simply lay flat in the sun to dry. Works great. Keep in mind that the sun can bleach colors so don't leave dark colors out for too long. I have never used this technique for mustard. (06/18/2005)

By Chrisa

Removing Stains from Clothing

My daughter got some sort of stain on her white sweatshirt which I had treated beforehand. I forgot to check it after the wash and it went through the dyer. In a last ditch effort, I put on some of the stain remover (mentioned here several times) Awesome (from the dollar store) and a rub with Fels Naptha for good measure. Don't know which one worked, but the stain was gone when it came out of the dryer again. (06/20/2005)


Removing Stains from Clothing

I recently heard about the FelsNaptha soap for pre-treating stains and it is fabulous. I have five year old twin girls - who love the dirt and a son who plays baseball and I have not yet found a stain it couldn't handle. It's .99 cents a bar and can be found in the regular soap (caress, dove, etc) aisle at Stop and Shop. You can't beat it! (07/31/2005)

By Deb

Removing Stains from Clothing

Whites only (t-shirts, socks, underwear): Try soaking in hot water with "Cascade-Two in 1 Action Pack with Dawn" (dishwasher detergent). I like to soak in my kitchen sink for an hour or two and then wash in washing machine to make sure clothes are well rinsed. Double cleaning-clothes and sink become sparkling white and clean like they are brand new! (08/14/2005)

By Linda

Removing Stains from Clothing

Another good stain remover is that Scrubbing Bubbles Dow Bathroom Cleaner and its generic equivalent. I have also had great luck with Dawn dish soap. Also, try making a paste with Snowy Bleach or Clorox 2 as a pre-treatment before washing. Borax added to the laundry soap also works well to loosen stubborn dirt and stains. (01/19/2006)

By Peach

Removing Stains from Clothing

I use Zout for stain removal. It took out grease stains (my son is a mechanic) that had already been through the washer and dryer. Pre-treat the stain and let it sit for awhile even overnight if you want. Then wash as normal. (01/19/2006)

By Cheryl from Missouri

Removing Stains from Clothing

I, too, am plus sized and busty. I have found that inexpensive shampoo used as a spot remover takes out the chest area stains. I spilled red enchilada sauce on my favorite pale green eyelet blouse. I used pre-wash spray was still I used tide liquid as a pre-wash... it was still there! Finally I used suave coconut shampoo on the stain and voila! it was gone. Best wishes! (01/19/2006)

By 1dog5felines

Removing Stains from Clothing

If all else fails, use an iron on decal to cover the stain. (01/20/2006)

By Kathy in Colorado

Removing Stains from Clothing

My mom found a product called SOIL LOVE it is in a light green bottle and guess where she found it? At the 99 cents store. It is also at the grocery store but why pay more. Anyways, I am also a big busted woman and I know what you are talking about but, mostly my stains come from oil spattering on me when I cook. SO, I have tops that are stained for some time and have been laundered over and over again. This stuff will still remove the stain. I pour it on the stain and work it in. then launder as usual. good luck. (01/20/2006)

By beachers

Removing Stains from Clothing

I wouldn't consider myself plus size yet but I am overweight and large busted. Seems I just have a shelf that everything lands on! Nothing is worse than to find some nice tops that fit and I like the looks of and have them ruined with stains. I just got a couple this Fall that I already see some grease stains that didn't come out. I usually don't put my tops in the dryer because I think it fades them and I don't want them shrinking up on I could still work on the stains and will use some of the ideas I found here. I had also read somewhere here I think that Hydrogen Pyroxide removes stains. Not sure I'd want to try on colored fabric tho. Has anyone had good luck with Oxy Clean? I have a friend who swears by Clorox 2 for stains on colors. (01/20/2006)

By Debbie52

Removing Stains from Clothing

Stain Stick made by Spray 'n Wash will get the stains out. Keep one in the bathroom to use before you toss your laundry into the hamper, and one in the laundry room. If a garment slips by and goes through the dryer, still go ahead and use the Stain Stick. Also, I wear a BBQ style apron to keep cooking spatters off. (01/20/2006)

By Linda

Removing Stains from Clothing

A bar of Fels Naptha soap is the best thing I've ever used for stains. It works every time, even on greasy stains that got through the washer and dryer. (01/20/2006)

By Vicka


Removing Stains from Clothing

It is so nice to know that I am not the only one with a hole in my lip. But I have to admit, I do have the cleanest lap in town. I use Spot and Stain stick and Spot and Stain spray on my blouses. I use the spray when I put them into the dirty clothes and then use the stick just before I put them in the wash. I never put my tops in the dryer. None, even all my tshirts are hung up. Then if I have missed a spot, I can treat it before I put it in the washer again. I do believe I will try the Fels Naptha, though, as I remember my mother using it for spots and it worked. My daughter has the same problem, and she read somewhere that if you soak up the stain as soon as it happens with baby powder, the stain will not set. She says it works and carries a small container of baby powder with her. I am trying that now. Will let you know if it works, although, it does work with her. She has the same hole in the lip problem that I have. My SO marks it on the calendar when he takes me out to eat and I don't get anything on my chest! So funny:p (01/27/2006)

By Jackie

Removing Rust Stains from Anything

To remove rust stains from anything, use Bar Keepers Friend, it contains Oxalic Acid which dissolves rust. (08/10/2006)

By Don, St. Louis, MO

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