Getting stains on your favorite clothing or linens can be extremely frustrating. We all live busy lives these days, and especially with kids, it’s easy to have items with a wide variety of stains on them. Perhaps you are getting ready for a hot date or you’re just about to step into a job interview: Stains can really ruin your day or your experience. We all spend our hard-earned money on clothing that helps us look our best, so getting any kind of spill or stain on it can be extremely irritating. Luckily, there are ways you can remove those stubborn stains that should help your garments look as good as new again. Everything from grass and dirt to oil and even blood can be removed from most items with some helpful tips that can make that irritating stain a little easier to deal with.

Grass, Dirt, and Mud Stains

If you play sports, work outdoors, or even just spend time outside, your clothing can be susceptible to stains from grass or dirt. Mud stains can also get into your clothing and can be quite frustrating to remove. Any kind of outdoor stain looks bad on clothes, particularly white towels, shirts, or pants. Pre-treat your clothes using a product containing enzymes, if possible, as soon as you see the stain. These enzymes will help to break down the dirt, grass, or mud particles before you wash them. This treatment helps to lift the stains out of the fabric so that they come loose once washed. If you have something with mud on it, let it dry and then try to brush as much mud off as possible before washing. This will help loosen it off the fabric and make sure that the dried mud that gets wet in the laundry doesn’t turn back into mud. You can also add a pre-treatment and let it soak overnight before you launder it normally. The key to removing outdoor stains is a combination of pre-treatment and as much removal of the stain as possible before washing. You might require two washings before you see grass stains completely removed. Keep in mind that stubborn stains might require a bit more work and even some actual scrubbing before you toss them into the wash.

Oil, Blood, and Food Stains

Some other common types of stains in fabric are oil, blood, and, of course, food-related stains. When we’re on the go, it’s easy to spill that coffee, mustard, or ketchup on a brand-new beloved blouse. People who work in an industrial setting can often find their clothes stained with grease or oil. And kids and workers alike may cut themselves from time to time or skin a knee, resulting in a blood stain. Blood-stained clothes should always be soaked in cold water first. Bleach the fabric if possible, and the blood stain should hopefully disappear. For oil, it is a bit tougher to remove since it penetrates the fibers of the fabric. You can use a solvent to help eliminate the oil from the fabric, but just be sure that the treatment you choose is safe to use for that particular fabric type. Some fabrics, like silk, are susceptible to damage from harsh solvents. Food stains can be a bit trickier, since there are different types of food and each one might affect the clothing differently in terms of how difficult it will be to get it out. The key to removing any kind of stain is to try and treat it as soon as possible. The longer the stain sits, the harder it will be to remove it. Blot the food-related stain, and do not rub it. Then, use a pretreatment and let it soak, laundering as directed.