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Removing Stains from White Clothes

It can be a challenge to remove spots from white clothing. This is a guide about removing stains from white clothes.


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January 25, 20110 found this helpful

Bad stain on white clothes? Don't throw the item away. If you have stains from blood, fruit (such as blueberries) wine, coffee, mustard even barbecue sauce, pre-soak item in very hot water with laundry soap for 10 minutes then launder as usual. Check garment for any stains before placing in dryer. If stain remains or if stain has dried on soak item as stated above and the pour 3% hydrogen peroxide directly on stain. Stain should dissolve away in 15 to 30 minutes. Some stains may take longer. Do not let garment dry out during this process. If the stain is on color garment, test small area before using on stain.

Source: Part of this tip are from 1996 Edition of consumer report book "How to Clean Practically Anything." The tip on peroxide is a old home remedy.

By Shelly from Minneapolis, MN

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December 22, 2017

My off white trousers have a red colour stain. How can we remove it?
Please help.


December 23, 20170 found this helpful
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Soak in cold water with a teaspoon with dish soap and 1/2 cup of vinegar for 1 hour.


If that doesn't work then use a paste of baking soda and water to pre-treat the spot then leave sit overnight then wash.

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April 8, 2018

So I have this white lace shirt, but my sister didn't read the directions. It said 'hang dry', so it dried with my other clothes and now it's white with big spot of pink. I used Oxi-Clean the stain remover one and it barely takes out the stains, what should I do?


April 8, 20180 found this helpful

Fill a 5 gallon pail with very hot tap water. Add 2 T each hydrogen peroxide and powdered dishwasher detergent. Soak overnight and machine wash in the morning. This got rid of pink dye on my daughters white cotton tank top.

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April 8, 20180 found this helpful

Use a laundry bleach pen on the spot to remove or launder with bleach in washer if top is all white.

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April 9, 20180 found this helpful

Drying clothes in the drier (especially on hot) usually "sets" stains and makes it very difficult to work them out.


  • It is possible the spot got on the shirt during the wash and not the dryer?
  • You do not say what type of material but you do say and hang dry which usually means material is not cotton.
  • It is more difficult to remove set-in stains from materials other than cotton and most suggestions will probably be for cotton or at least a cotton blend.
  • Check what type of material and use caution when trying any solution that does not say it will be safe to use on your type material.
  • You might try a paste of baking soda and water on the spot and let it set for 30-45 minutes before rinsing off. Wash on gentle in cold or warm water - never hot and see if that will work.
  • If you have a safe place to lay it in the sun you might try pouring plain water on the spot and leave it in the sunshine all day (or more). Just keep wetting the spot (plain water) and let the sun draw out the color. Be sure it is safe from overhead birds and it can be left outside overnight as dew and sun removes spots also.
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  • Be sure it will not blow away. Weigh it down on corners with something that will not stain.
  • Something else you may want to try; look in Walmart type stores (or on-line) for a product called "color-grabber". There are several brands and it is usually found in the "cleaners" section of any of these stores.
  • Any brand should work and just follow directions on the package and it should remove the spot.
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April 10, 20180 found this helpful

Rit dye remover

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June 8, 20090 found this helpful

How can I remove a turmeric stain from white clothes?

By John Chirayil from Chicago, IL


June 8, 20090 found this helpful

Try soaking the article of clothing in some warm water and a scoop of oxygen cleaner.

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June 9, 20090 found this helpful

Try putting some peroxide on the area, wait a few minutes, then was it as usual.

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June 10, 20090 found this helpful

Yes, I have gotten this stuff on my fingers & counter top & clothes. An alkaline cleaner gets it out. Try some cleanser without bleach or chlorine. Let it sit on it, I'd wet it really well first. Lye, which they use for drain cleaners, is sodium hydroxide. I have had the chemical in the house for years for a lot of reasons. I mix it with water & dissolve. Then I can pour it on lots of things; on stainless steel, acid foods & whatever, leaves dark kind of stains.


The sodium hydroxide takes it away. It's a chemical reaction on aluminum, acid cleans & brightens. Sodium hydroxide is very harsh, but when I get turmeric on my hands & under my nails. I use an old toothbrush & scrub it in...all gone. When done, use some vinegar on your hands, rub in & then rinse & dry. Vinegar is acid, sodium hydroxide is very alkaline.

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October 19, 20110 found this helpful

How do I remove stains from a white top?

By Wendy


October 19, 20110 found this helpful

An oxyclean bleach pen would work. Any one those special house hold stain removers would work. what kind of stain is it, and how long has it been sitting in the fabric?


Whatever you do, when a stain first happens, don't run it under hot water! Use cold. The hot water will ferment it more.

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