Stain removal in the home

Save money and time, and help protect the environment, with these homespun stain removing tips.

Natural products that can be found in any home, such as lemon juice, vinegar, and milk, are often ideal for removing stains, eliminating the need to purchase expensive specialist stain removers that do not always work anyway.

Take extra care when removing stains from delicate fabrics like silk and wool, and when treating valuable objects.

DISCLAIMER: We cannot guarantee that these stain removal tips work, and cannot be held responsible for the results, but they are all tried and tested!

Stubborn stains on marble

Remove the stains with a cotton pad soaked in ammonia.

Rust stains

If you have a rust stain on your clothing, apply a little white vinegar and leave to dry before washing as normal. If the garment is light in color, soak the stained area with lemon juice until the stains disappear, and then rinse with water.

How to remove a coffee stain

Rub the stain with vinegar and rubbing alcohol in equal parts, allow to dry, and wash as normal

Stains on the wallpaper

If your walls are papered and there is a stain on the wallpaper, rub it gently with a piece of soft white bread using an up and down movement.

Slight burn stains

If you discover a slight burn stain on your clothing, or scorch a garment slightly with the iron, try to remove it by gently rubbing with a little oxygen bleach.

Red or rose wine stains

If you have stained your favorite tablecloth with red or rose wine, the best solution is to pour white wine onto the stain immediately and then wash the tablecloth as normal.


Perspiration stains

To remove sweat stains and odor from your clothing, you can try several “natural” products. Soak the garment in a mixture of 1 tablespoon of vinegar in half a cup of water, or scrub the stain with lemon juice, or make a paste with baking soda and water, rub into the stain and leave for a couple of hours.

To remove stubborn underarm sweat stains, try making a paste of 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar, 3 crushed white aspirins and a cup of warm water. Work the paste into the stain with an old toothbrush, and rinse well with warm water.

Tea stains

If you stain a cotton garment with tea, sprinkle lemon juice on the stain while it is still wet and then rinse well with cold water.

Try removing stubborn stains with a mix of white vinegar and rubbing alcohol in equal parts.

To remove the brown staining from inside a teapot, fill with hot water and washing powder and leave to soak. After rinsing well, the teapot will be like new.

Yogurt stains

Once the yogurt has dried, brush the stain with a brush, and wash the garment in warm water.

Ink stains

Whether the stains are from squid ink or ballpoint pen ink, soak the stained article in warm milk or lemon juice for one hour and then rinse with plenty of water.

If bleach falls on your clothes

Use a white cloth to apply rubbing alcohol in the area around the bleach stain, spreading the dye from the colored area into the bleach stain.

How to remove rust stains from outdoor metalwork

If the wrought iron metalwork of your windows and balconies has small rust stains, rub them with a handful of salt and paper towel, and the stains should disappear.

Removing stains from stainless steel

If your stainless steel objects have stains on them that you cannot get out, try rubbing them with the following mixture: sunflower oil and a little ash (from cigarettes, for example). After covering the stain thoroughly with the mixture, wash with washing up liquid as normal.

Ice cream stains

If you wash the clothes in warm water and the stain still doesn’t go, try rubbing it with a cotton pad soaked in oxygen bleach diluted in water.

Oil stains

Oil stains should be rubbed with liquid detergent before washing with water, take care if the garments are made of washed cotton as this might leave a white patch on the garment.

Grease stains

Sprinkle talcum powder onto the stain, then put a piece of paper on top. Run the iron over the paper at a low temperature, and the talcum powder will absorb the grease and the stain should disappear.

Resin stains

If a garment has become stained with resin, thoroughly wet the stain with olive oil, rub it well with soap and water, then wash your garment as normal in the washing machine.

Cola stains

Wash clothes with water and hot white vinegar, allowing the mixture to act on the stain, then wash as normal

Wine stains on your colored clothing

To get the stain out, immerse the stained area in cold water with ammoniac.

Wine stains on your white clothing

The best way of getting wine stains out is by submerging the garment in boiling milk.

Removing greasy stains from carpets and soft furnishings

Squirt shaving foam on the stain to cover it completely, wait for five minutes and then rub with plenty of water.

Salt stains on your shoes

In winter we often get salt stains on our shoes or boots. Remove them with rubbing your shoes with water and vinegar. You only need a spoonful in a small cup of water.

How to clean earthenware plant pots

One easy way to remove stains from your earthenware plant pots is to rub them with fine sand.

Cherry stains

To remove cherry juice stains, rub them with water and ammoniac, then wash with soap and water, and rinse.

Makeup stains on clothes

To remove makeup stains from your clothing, soak the garment in water with vinegar before washing as normal.

Paint stains on wood

If you have a wooden floor and drips of paint have fallen onto it, sprinkle it with the cleaning product that you use for your oven.

Homemade stain remover

Squeeze a lemon and add a little salt and a few drops of ammonia, wet a cloth and rub the stain. After a few minutes, rub vigorously with a brush.

Wine on the tablecloth

If you have split wine on the tablecloth, immediately put a generous handful of salt onto the stain, then wash with soap and water.

Coffee stains on colored clothes

Dilute an egg yolk in water and rub the mixture onto the stain, then rinse the garment well.

Rust stains on your marble floor

Remove rust stains from a marble floor by rubbing with fine salt or lemon juice.

Dried bloodstains

To get a dried bloodstain out of your clothes, wash it with water and ammoniac.

If drops of blood fall onto your clothing

Never wash the garment with hot water. It is preferable to rub the stains with a paste made from water and powdered starch, leave it to dry on the stain, and then rub off the crust that forms there.

Spinach stains

Rub the stain with a raw potato and then wash the garment with water and soap.

Beer stains on colored clothes

To remove the stain, dab gently with oxygen bleach and then put the garment into soak with a few drops of ammonia.

Yellowish stains on white clothes

If your white clothes also have a stubborn yellowish stain, try rubbing it with watered-down oxygen bleach.

Tar stains

If you have a tar stain on a garment, rub it with olive oil and then wash your clothes with water and soap.

Mould stains on clothes

To get mould stains out of clothes, make a paste with vinegar and sodium bicarbonate, apply it to the stain and then wash as normal.

Stains in toilets

To remove the yellow stains from your toilet, pour hot white vinegar into the bowl and then scrub with a toilet brush. Many people use cola drinks to clean the toilet, as it is considered a good stain remover due to the acid contained in these drinks.

Cleaning grass stains from sports clothing

If your sports clothes have become stained with grass, rub in either white vinegar, or rubbing alcohol, or a mixture of ammonia and vinegar, and then wash as normal.

Stains in the ashtray

To remove nicotine stains from your ashtray, put a little salt into the ashtray, rub with a cork, and then rinse with cold water.

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  1. marilyn:
    Jan 08, 2012 at 03:08 AM

    I'm going to try the idea for the bleach stains, a favorite top of mine got ruined recently and it's breaking my heart, so anything is worth a go!

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