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Removing Stains from Colored Clothing

Removing stains from colored clothing is a different process than removing the same stain on whites. This is a guide about removing stains from colored clothing.


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December 30, 2018

I work security outside at a shipping warehouse, checking tractor trailers in and out. We have to wear yellow or orange safety vests, shirts, or coats. Even with regular washing, the yellow and orange uniforms accumulate black marks which just won't come off. I assume it's from the layers of exhaust fume residue on everything I come in contact with. Any tips on how to remove or reduce these would be appreciated. I do not have a garage or well-ventilated space in my home to use anything with severe fumes, so please keep that in mind.


December 30, 20180 found this helpful

The company I previous worked for actually does laundry services complimentary and if the uniform deteriorate from regular usage - it'll be replaced for the safety of the employees, etc. Not sure if your company offers those services.

I would also try to wash only work clothes together on delicate wash and air dry. Sometimes even hand wash with mild soap in the tub.

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December 31, 20180 found this helpful

Lestoil works on those stains.

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December 31, 20180 found this helpful

I agree with Judy - Lestoil sounds like the heavy duty cleaner you should try. I have had good success using this to remove bad stains as well as greasy stains.


I have not tried it on delicate things but your work clothes sounds like what this was made for. Try it in your laundry first but maybe let it soak 15-30 minutes before starting the washer.
Lestoil can be found in most big stores or on line.

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August 26, 20040 found this helpful

I bought a pair of jeans about 2 months ago. I wore them at a previous job I had that required handling dirty boxes all day. I cannot get the stain from the boxes out. It's like a blotchy dirt stain with a yellowish tint. Any suggestions? Please help me. These are my favorite jeans.



August 27, 20040 found this helpful

you could try using OxyClean (just follow the laundry directions).

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By Patsy Johnson (Guest Post)
August 29, 20040 found this helpful

Try 1 cup white vinegar and 1 cup baking soda along with your detergent. Or try Spray n' Wash action ball. It works great on anything I have tried so far.

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April 27, 20140 found this helpful

I want to remove a stain off my colored dress.

By Mehru from Pakistan

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March 9, 20140 found this helpful

I have a lovely bright teal blouse that has got an oily stain on it which shows up very dark and noticeable. The material is rather stretchy. I think it is polyester. Can you help please. Thank you.


By Jane

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September 3, 20120 found this helpful

I have blue stains on orange, rust, and dark pink clothes only. I never get anything on white clothes. I am getting really frustrated! I've read your problems and Tide seems to be the connecting factor in all of them. Could that be the problem? I get so upset not knowing when this bluing will occur. I have tried vinegar and Oxiclean to no avail. I can't get the stains out. I have a new washing machine without the traditional agitator. Help!

By Donna

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