Getting a stain on our favorite clothes can be a nightmare for most, and what makes it worse is if it’s a rather stubborn stain. Removing stains from clothes that have been dried sounds like a tedious task, however, it doesn’t have to be. Here are some of the best home remedies that can help you remove all kinds of stains from clothes that have been dried, restoring the beauty to your favorite clothes once again!
How to remove stains from dried clothes with vinegar and soap
Even if your clothes have been dried, a stubborn stain does not need to become a permanent part of your favorite outfit. Here is how you can use a simple mixture of vinegar and soap to remove a stain:
- Get hold of a small spray bottle and fill it up with 3 tablespoons of white vinegar, 2 tablespoons of liquid soap, and the rest of the bottle with warm water.
- Shake well and allow it to mix.
- Rub the solution directly on to the stained area with a clean cloth. Once this has been done, blot the stained area dry.
- Finally, launder the outfit as you normally would. This should help remove all of or at least a significant amount of the stain off of your clothes. If a little bit of the stain remains, repeat the above steps once again.
How to remove stains from dried clothes with cornstarch
Cornstarch is one ingredient which can remove some of the oldest, toughest stains that you might have on your clothes. Especially if we are talking about oil stains. Here is how to use the ingredient to your benefit:
- The first thing to keep in mind when using cornstarch is to have a place ready where you can place your piece of clothing undisturbed for at least an hour.
- Lay down the garment completely flat and apply cornstarch generously on the stained area. Now, just let this sit undisturbed for about an hour. For tougher stains, you can leave it overnight.
- After one hour has passed the cornstarch should have absorbed most of the stain. Using an old brush, gently brush away the cornstarch. You can even use a clean cloth or a rag to do this.
- If there is still some residue left behind, I am sorry but you may have to wash it again. Pour some detergent and warm water solution on top of the stain and let it sit for a few minutes.
- Scrub out the stain and launder your garment as usual!
How to remove stains from dried clothes with hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a natural bleaching agent and works wonders to remove absolutely any kind of stain from clothes. Of course, you need to be very careful when using this ingredient, and use a diluted version of it. Otherwise, it can be harmful both for your clothes as well as your skin. I recommend you test it first on an inside piece of the clothing or a similar material just to make sure that it will not cause any damage. This method will be best to use on white clothes as they don’t contain color that the bleach can destroy.
- Take a little bit of non-gel toothpaste and mix a teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide to it. Mix it well to get a homogenous paste.
- Apply the paste directly on the stain and rub it in with a piece of clean cloth. Be very careful of your fingers when you are doing so. Probably wear protective gloves. Do not rub it in too aggressively as it might bleach the color of the garment as well.
- Immediately rinse off the stain under the water. The stain would have been removed completely. In case the stain is still there, repeat the process once more and launder your garment as you usually would.
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How to remove stains from dried clothes using window cleaner
Surprisingly, your ammonia-based window cleaner can actually work pretty great to remove stains from dried clothes. Make sure that you use a brand of uncolored window cleaner for this remedy, otherwise, you might actually stain your garment. The ammonia present in the window cleaner is what actually does the trick! Avoid using this remedy on wool or silk. It would work on all other fabrics.
- Apply the window cleaner solution directly on the stained area of the garment.
- Let it sit for around 15 minutes.
- Blot off the excess solution with a clean cloth after 15 minutes and rinse it under cold water. Use only cold water for this remedy.
- Launder your garment as you usually would.
- In case you find the ammonia has caused any discoloration on your garment, apply a little bit of white vinegar on the area. The acidic vinegar will cause the alkaline ammonia to neutralize and your garment will be back to normal!
How to remove stains from dried clothes using baking soda and vinegar
An old, time-tested method of removing stains is the baking soda and vinegar method. Here is how you can use these ingredients as a simple solution to remove stains from your dried clothes:
- Create a paste by mixing baking soda into white vinegar in a ratio of 50-50. You can change the measurements of these individual ingredients according to how large your stain is.
- Apply this paste on top of the stain on your garment. Let it soak for a few minutes.
- Now, taking an old toothbrush, start to gently exfoliate the garment. Be sure to be extremely gentle during this process. The vinegar acts as a bleaching agent along with the baking soda, which is grainy and coarse, acting as a natural scrub.
- Rinse off the stained area under water and then launder your garment as usual.
How to remove stains from dried clothes using liquid glycerin
Sometimes, the best home remedy to remove old, stubborn stains from dried clothes can be to use liquid glycerin.
- Simply apply a small amount of liquid glycerin to the stained area on your garment using a cotton swab.
- Slowly, rub this into the stained area.
- Now, make a mixture of soap and warm water and apply this on top of the stained area on your garment. Gently rub and launder your garment as usual.
How to prevent stains from getting on dried clothes
Of course, better than any home remedy would be to completely avoid stains from getting on your dried clothes. The only way to do this is to be extremely careful when dealing with foods, liquids, grease or any other staining material. In case you do get a stain, it is best to treat it immediately rather than waiting for it to dry and then taking action to remove the stain.