Ten Ways to Get Out Stubborn Summer Stains

Summertime and the living is easy, and so are the stains. From ice pops to grass stained knees, clothing just seems to attract stains during the summer. Shout set me up for summer with a package of stain fighters. And they want to give one of you one too. After all, just because stains happen, doesn’t mean you should stop having fun. Shout will even help you find some with their new fun finder.

And if you don’t catch the stain in time for Shout, here are ten ways to get out stubborn stains!

Ten Ways to get Rid of Stubborn Stains



Sunning!: Don’t underestimate the power of sunshine. Often putting it out in full sun will fade the stain. However, this method is best with lighter clothing as that sun may also fade your favorite red dress

Salt: Another natural remedy, salt works well on sweat stains and blood stains. Make a paste with salt and water for blood stains and try soaking your white tshirts in a salt and cold water bath.

Hair Spray: Use hairspray to remove ink stains. Place a clean rag underneath the ink stain and then spray until it’s saturated. Let it soak for several for about thirty seconds and then blot with a clean rag. Repeat until the ink stain is gone and then launder immediately.

Lemon juice: If the salt doesn’t work, lemon juice works well on sweat stains too. Scrub a cut lemon directly on the stain, let set for a few minutes, then wash in cold water.

White vinegar: White vinegar baths are great for restoring whites to their original luster. Soak in equal parts white vinegar then put on the rinse and spin cycle with cold water. Dry in the sun.

Baby wipes: If you are caught out without your Shout wipe and go wipes, find a parent stat. Bbay wipes are great at removing surface stains.

Baking soda: In a pinch (ha, get it?), baking soda can be made into a paste with water and applied directly to stains. Then use a toothbrush or scrub brush to work the stain out before running the clothing through the washer.

Cream of tartar: This works magic on almost any stain but is especially good on rust. Its acidic quality enables it to break down rust. Cover the rust stain with cream of tartar then tie up the area surrounding the stain. Soak the area in hot water for about five to ten minutes. Then wash as usual (don’t forget to untie!)

Boiling water: Strangely, one of the easiest ways to remove set stains is to pour water on it. Just make sure it’s boiling water and it’s pouring directly on the stain. You want to stretch out the clothing item first so this is really a two person stain removing operation.

Cornstarch: Rub cornstarch into an oil or grease stain. Then let it sit for at least 20 minutes, after which you need brush it off with a dry washcloth or soft dry brush. Treat with stain remover and wash. Voila!

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Comments

  1. My toughest stain ever is definitely baby formula! However, I never knew you could use cornstarch on grease stains. I’ll have to try that next time!

  2. Breast milk! Its been three years and I still find t-shirts that I just know that is what it is but I’d wear them to bed or to work out in. grrr

  3. Elisebet F says:

    I knew about some of these, but cornstarch is a new one! My toughest stain…hmmm I suppose it’s the mildew stains on one of my son’s cloth diapers. I’ve tried lemon juice, salt, and sunning it. The stains get better but don’t disappear.

  4. heather merlino says:

    My worst toughest stain would be when the kids get slime in an egg and accidentely get it on their clothes,rug,and blankets. And i don’t allow it in the house but they get it .

  5. brittany says:

    My toughest stain I had was when my son dropped whole plate spaghetti in floor.

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