Grass stains are easily removed with isopropyl rubbing alcohol. Test it on a hidden spot on the fabric first to make sure it doesn’t bleed the dye on the clothing. Blot it on with a sponge. Once the stain has air dried, rinse with cool water. Apply any regular detergent or Dawn dish soap and rinse again. Allow the garment to air dry and then launder as usual. Check the garment before putting it in the dryer. If the stain remains, repeat the steps above.
If you discover during your blot test that alcohol bleeds the dye form the fabric, try a mixture of warm water and white vinegar as an alternative.
Or check out our DIY Super Stain Remover for grass stains.
Allow chocolate to harden and scape off as much as possible with a dull butter knife. It can help to put the garment in the fridge to allow the chocolate to harden.
An enzyme pre-treatment is best for chocolate, but if you don’t have one handy, use hot water. Run hot water through the back side of the fabric to melt the remaining chocolate and force it out the way it came in. Run it through for several minutes. When you’ve gotten out as much as possible, saturate the area with any household dish detergent and let it sit for at least 10 minutes. Then gently rub the fabric to work the stain out. Rinse the fabric. If the stain is mostly out, then launder in hot water and check the stain before the dryer – you may have to allow the garment to air dry to make sure it is gone. If the stain still remains, before the dryer you can try applying heavy cream (that’s right!) directly to the stain. Blot it on with a sponge and keep blotting on more if necessary until the stain disappears. If any greasy stains remain, reapply dish detergent to the area, launder, and allow to air dry.
Grease is a terrible offender for staining clothes. The best way to remove a grease stain is by using a dish soap. Rub it in gently and let sit at least 10 minutes before washing. Check the stain after you wash before putting it in the dryer, and if necessary, retreat with dish soap again. You may have to hang dry the garment to make absolutely sure the stain is out. The dryer can set that stain in forever.
Another method for mild grease stains is to rub chalk on the stain or sprinkle with corn starch and let sit. Chalk and/or corn starch will absorb the grease out of the fabric and then will wash off.
Blood is an extremely hard to remove stain. You want to remove it while it’s still fresh. There are a few different methods.
One is saliva. If it’s a small stain, try spitting on it and letting it sit. The digestive enzymes in spit will help break down the proteins in the blood. After it has sat for 10-20 minutes, soak the fabric in cold water. Do not use this method on silk, linen or wool, as the same protein-eating digestive enzymes may eat the fabric as well.
If it’s a larger stain, first step is to rinse the fabric in lots of COLD water. After rinsing thoroughly, apply a paste of salt and cold water and rub it into the stain, rinse and repeat until gone, or you can try soaking the stain in hydrogen peroxide. Try a colorfastness test first with hydrogen peroxide in an inconspicuous area BEFORE applying to thestain, as hydrogen peroxide can damage some fabrics. Let the peroxide sit for 10-15 minutes or until the stain stops bubbling and rinse in cold water.
Photography by Sean McGrath
Article written by Mona Weiss of EcoNuts