Stain Chart: How to Remove Stains from Laundry Get all of our best stain removal tips and tricks to help you tackle whatever stain comes your way. Post a copy of our printable stain removal guide in your laundry room for quick reference! BHG
Original Blue Dawn . . . It's Not Just for Dishes Anymore
For oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, butter, motor oil, cooking oil, and some pen inks, simply apply some Dawn dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and scrub with a small brush or toothbrush until the oil is removed, and then launder as usual.
How to get your dirty whites clean again... HOT HOT HOT water, 1 cap of laundry detergent, 1 cup dish washer detergent, 1 cup bleach, 1/2 cup borax. Tell you what, you have to rewash it once to put softener in but it's the whitest you'll ever see your whites. If you omit the bleach it works great to get stains out of colors too (baby spit up is no longer a stain on OLD clothes)
Arm pit stains...I have actually tried this and it works great! I use about 2T of baking soda, 1t of Dawn, and about 2t hydrogen peroxide (for those who need exact measurements!). Make a paste then rub onto the stain. I let it dry overnight the first time, the second time just threw it in the washer, both came out clean. Used on shirts other than white to
Goodbye to yellow armpit stains! 1 tsp. Dawn, 3-4 tsp. Hydrogen Peroxide, 2 tbsp. baking soda. Mix together, rub in, and be amazed! / Did this and it worked OK but I certainly wasn't amazed. It required a lot of scrubbing and only faded stains on my ds's white soccer shirt and my dh's side of the mattress pad. So it does help and I will make use of it again, but far from perfect.
Place a dishwasher-safe cup filled with plain white vinegar on the top rack of the dishwasher. Using the hottest water available, run the dishwasher through a cycle. The vinegar will help to wash away the loose, greasy grime, sanitizes, and helps remove the musty odor. Next, sprinkle a cupful of baking soda around the bottom of the tub and run it through a short cycle. The baking soda will help freshen and removing stains.