Your Ultimate Stain-Remover Guide


Your Ultimate Stain-Remover Guide

by Mary Sauer for


More from YourTango: Want To Improve Your Marriage? Get Organized With Weekly Meetings

Over the last decade I’ve filled a wide range of roles, working in food service, hospitality, healthcare and commercial cleaning. Personally, I’ve been a regular hostess and young parent. As you can imagine, I’ve experienced my fair share of stains.

Let’s take a look at some fool-proof methods for tackling your most stubborn and common stains!


Red wine: It’s very important to keep the stain wet with water or club soda if you have it on hand. Create a solution of two tablespoons vinegar, one tablespoon dish soap, and two cups of warm water. Pour small amounts of the solution onto the stain, and then blot with a clean towel. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.

Ballpoint pen: I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s left a pen in my pocket on laundry day. Your best bet for tackling these pesky stains is with rubbing alcohol and a clean paper towel. Soak the stain with rubbing alcohol and let it sit for 1 to 2 minutes, then blot the stain with a clean paper towel. Repeat the process until you’ve completely removed the stain.


Chocolate: Allow the chocolate to dry, and then use a dull knife to scrape off any excess chocolate. This prevents you from grinding any additional chocolate into the fabric. Generously apply a stain treatment to the remaining stain. Place clothing in a bowl of cold water and laundry detergent, and let it soak. Rinse clothing with cold water.

Blood: Soak the stain with cold water and then rub it in a circular motion with a bar of body soap. Apply a laundry pre-treatment and allow it to set for a few minutes. If the stain remains, soak with rubbing alcohol and blot dry until the stain is removed.

More from YourTango: How Often Should You Bathe Your Baby?

Grass stains: Wet stain with cold water. Apply a few tablespoons of rubbing alcohol to the stain and let set. Rinse out rubbing alcohol with cold warm and apply a laundry pre-treatment to set in for a few minutes before laundering.

Mud: Much like chocolate, it’s best to let mud dry completely before working on the stain. This will help you avoid working the stain deeper into the fabric. Once dry, use a dull knife to scrape any surface level mud off of the clothing. Next, apply a few drops of liquid dish soap and work into the fabric in a circular motion. Rinse thoroughly with cold water and apply a laundry pre-treatment before washing.


In all cases, once you’ve treated the stain, launder the clothing as directed on the garment tag. If in doubt, pre-treat and wash clothing in cool water as warm water can further set in the stain.

If you are concerned that the stain may still remain after laundering, let the clothing air dry instead of placing it in the dryer. The heat of the dryer could further set the remaining stain.


More from

Share this with someone you love (or even like a lot)!

Let's make it
FB official
Recent Expert Posts

6 Texting Shockers You Must Avoid!

Sending your man a text message sounds easy enough, but get it wrong and it could be the end of you.


The addiction to "busy"ness: How to live with more intention

Is the daily routine of life getting you down? Find your passion and live a more authentic life!


Guide to Becoming a Soulfull Woman Understand Your Beliefs

Once you understand where your beliefs about yourself came from, you determine what's really YOU

Ask The Experts

Have a dating or relationship question?
Visit Ask YourTango and let our experts and community answer.

How to find the right pro for you
10 Reasons Mental Health Pros Should Join YourTango Experts

10 Reasons Mental Health Pros Should Join YourTango Experts

YourTango Experts can help your business go from good to great.

10 Steps To Improve Your Coaching Business

Take your coaching business from mediocre to great in no time…

Frequently Asked Questions About YourTango Experts

Thinking of joining? Here's all the facts you need to know to make the most of your membership.

Getting Your Guy To Join You In A Therapy Or Coaching Session

So how can your get your strong, self-reliant, superman to talk to an Expert with you?

Therapist/Counselors: Who We Are & What We Do

What exactly does a therapist/counselor do and can they really help?

See more resources>