A Quick Guide To Homemade Stain Removers

Your guide to stain removers
Your guide to stain removers

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Stains can occur without prior notice, you can’t really control them but you can get rid of them successfully, and that too at home. We have curated a list of some common stains and also listed some products that you can use for stain removal. All the stain removers mentioned in this article are easily available. Hence, you can use them without any hassle. 

Best Homemade Stain Removers For Different Stains

Colour bleeding stain

How to remove colour bleeding stains
Colour bleeding stain on clothes

Colour bleeding or dye stains are a big nuisance, but the good part is you can get rid of them by using some easily available products. They are as follows:

  • Laundry Detergent
  • Oxybleach
  • Chlorine bleach
  • White Vinegar
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

To know how to use these products to remove stains refer our article – How to remove colour bleeding stains.

Ink stain

How to remove ink stain
Ink stain on fabric

Do you know there are three types of ink?

  • Water-based (Rollerball, Fountain & Gel Pens)
  • Oil-based (Ball-point & Felt-tip Pens)
  • Alcohol-based (Permanent markers)


While it is easy to remove water-based ink stains, it is very tough to get rid of alcohol-based ink. This is the reason why sometimes ink stains go away with a normal rinse, and sometimes even detergent doesn’t help.

There are some products that you can use:

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Baking Soda
  • Glycerin & Dish wash soap/liquid
  • White Vinegar & Cornstarch
  • Milk
  • Nail Paint Remover
  • Ammonia & Bleach-free detergent


To know how to use these products to remove stains refer our article – How to remove ink stains from clothes.

Haldi stain

How to remove haldi stain
Haldi stain on fabric

Indian curry dishes looks fantastic on your plate but when they are accidently spill on your clothes, they often leave a haldi stain behind. And that stain neither looks good nor behaves good. Turmeric stains is one of the toughest stains. However, by using any of the below-listed ingredients you can get rid it:

  • Vinegar
  • Lemon
  • Glycerin
  • Detergent
  • Dish wash liquid/ soap/powder


To know how to use these products on turmeric/ haldi stains refer – How to remove turmeric stains

Henna stain

how to remove heena stain
Heena stain on fabric

Love henna but can’t bear its stain on clothes? Don’t worry, we have the perfect stain removers for you. Here is everything you can try:

  • Laundry soap
  • Dish Soap
  • Vinegar
  • Detergent
  • Milk
  • Ammonia
  • Methylated spirits
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hydrogen Peroxide


To know how to use these stain remover for henna on clothes refer – How to remove henna stains.

Ketchup or sauce stains

how to remove ketchup stain
Heena stain on fabric

The urge to have ketchup with snacks sometimes leaves your clothes in a mess. We recommend you to be a little careful while having ketchup or other sauces, because, the stains they leave don’t go away easily. However, you can use the below-listed products to get rid of them:

  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Lemon juice
  • Mild dish soap


To know the methods of using any or all of these ingredients, refer – How to remove ketchup stains from clothes.

Lipstick stain

how to remove lipstick stain
Lipstick stain on fabric

Toddlers often use lipstick as a crayon. If your clothes have been a victim of such tiny painting skills, don’t worry, you can use the following stain removers and make your clothes stain-free.

  • Ammonia
  • Bleach
  • Hairspray
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Baking Soda & Lemon Juice
  • Vinegar


To understand how to use the above-listed products as stain removers, refer – How to remove lipstick stains from clothes.

Wine stain

How to remove wine stain
wine stain on fabric

When people say, “wine stains are very tough to deal with”, believe them. Wine, especially red wine stains are stubborn. While it is always better to prevent them, we agree that nobody can control stains. So, we have brought these stain removers that you can use:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide & Dishwash Liquid
  • Kosher Salt
  • Dishwashing Detergent
  • Boiling Water
  • White Vinegar
  • Bleach
  • Baking Soda
  • Club soda


To see how to use the above listed stain removers on clothes, refer – How to remove wine stains from clothes.

Alcohol stain

Alcohol stain on clothes
Alcohol stain on clothes

Just like red wine stain, other alcoholic products such as beer, vodka, etc. also leave a stain on clothes that will not go away easily. However, you can try these products as stain removers:

  • Detergent
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Sodium perborate bleach/ Oxygen bleach
  • Vinegar
  • Ammonia


To read how to use any of these stain removers, refer to – How to remove alcohol stains.

Milk stain (dairy)

Milk stain on a garment
Milk stain on a garment

If you have babies at home, you might understand how frequently clothes can get stained by milk or other dairy products like curd, buttermilk, etc. We have curated a list of best products that can be used as stain removers:

  • Liquid detergent
  • Vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Oxygen bleach


To check out how you can use the above-listed products for stain removal, refer – How to remove milk stains.

If you don’t want to remove stains from your clothes at home,  you can come to Tumbledry.

Mud stain

Mud stain on clothes
Mud stain on clothes

Have toddlers or kids at home? If yes, then you must be familiar with mud stains. Sometimes mud stains go away with a normal rinse. However, sometimes they need the following products to leave their place:

  • Laundry detergent
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda


In order to know the process of stain removal, please refer – How to remove mud stains from clothes.

Grease stain

how to remove grease stains from clothes
Grease stain on a garment

One of the worst stains you can ever have comes from grease. As you may already know, it is an oil-based stain, and these are very hard to deal with. You can still use any of the following product as stain remover. It will require some patience and hard work but they will work. Here they are:

  • Baking soda
  • Detergent
  • Baby powder
  • Cornstarch
  • Chalk
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hairspray
  • Cheez sauce
  • Shampoo
  • Aloe vera


To check how to use any of these ingredients for stain removal, refer – How to remove grease stains.

Blood stain

Blood stain on clothes
Blood stain on clothes

It may be the worst thing you will ever imagine, but blood stains can also happen. While fresh blood stains go away easily by a few normal rinse sessions or a normal wash, dried up blood stains may need the following stain removers:

  • Dish soap
  • Liquid handwashing detergent
  • Ammonia
  • Oxygen bleach
  • Laundry detergent
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Lemon juice


To know how to use some of these products to remove stains, refer – How to remove blood stains.

Tea & Coffee stains

How to remove coffee stain
Coffee stain on fabric

We enjoy our Tea and Coffee sessions like nothing else. Let’s admit they give us the perfect breaks amid everyday hassle. However, just one spill of your regular beverage can leave your outfit stained. You can use any of the following products to deal with it:

  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Liquid detergent


In order to see the method of using these stain removers, please refer – How to remove tea and coffee stains from clothes.

Just in case you don’t feel like removing stains yourself, don’t worry. 

Chocolate stains

Chocolate stains on t-shirt
Chocolate stains on t-shirt

Super sweet chocolates and dark chocolates have a huge difference in taste. But when it comes to their stain on clothes, both of them do a pretty similar job. You can remove any of the chocolate stains using:

  • Vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Lemon juice
  • Dish soap


To see the right way of using the above-listed products as stain removers, please refer – How to remove chocolate stains.

Rust stain

How to remove rust stain
Rust stain on fabric

The best you can do is to never come in contact with a rusty product or surface because it can not only harm your clothes but can cause rashes or cuts on your skin as well. In case you have got a stain, we recommend using these products:

  • Salt
  • Lemon
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Cream of tartar
  • Baking soda


In order to see how to use any or all of these products as a stain remover, refer – How to remove rust stains from clothes.

Fruit or Fruit juice stains

How to remove juice stain

Spilled fruit juice on your clothes? Got a few drops of juicy fruit dropped on yourself? Don’t worry, we have got you covered. Try any of these and remove the juicy stains forever:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Oxygen bleach
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Borax
  • Baking soda


To see how to use these stain removers properly, check out – How to remove fruit juice stains.

These were some common stains that may trouble you. We keep sharing tips related to laundry, dry clean, stain removal and much more. If you think this would be helpful for you, keep visiting Tumbledry.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author. They do not necessarily purport to reflect the values or views of Tumbledry.

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