Six tips to remove stains from clothes

We’ve all done it. We’ve let our concentration slip, been too clumsy, or bumped into something and have been left with a clothes stain that just doesn’t want to budge. But fear not, there may just be a way to get your clothes stain free again. Here’s what you can do.

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Make up, sun cream and grease

Investing in a good stain pre-treatment is essential for many tough stains. For more greasy stains, you should pre-treat for one hour before washing according to the label. It should then look as good as new!


If you’ve carelessly slopped your sauce on your clothes (don’t worry, it’s happened to the best of us), you should try and soak it in cold water as soon as possible. After around an hour, pre-treat the stain for a couple of minutes before washing as normal to remove it.

Mould and rust

Salt and lemon juice are your ticket to stain-free clothes. For this type of stain, sprinkle on lemon juice and salt and leave overnight. Stubborn stains may need the additional help of a rust remover, but otherwise, you can then just wash as normal. Please note that this method should not be tried on wool or silk.

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Dark liquid stains

So you’re sipping your coffee and accidentally manage to spill it on one of your mens designer shirts. Rather than just throw it out and buy a new one from a site such as, you might be able to salvage it. First, soak the stain in cold water for around an hour and then if possible, pre-treat it with a stain remover. Stick it in the wash and the stain should have disappeared.


Kids are forever getting their clothes covered in grass stains and although the technology is to create self cleaning clothes is coming, it won’t do for the stains you need to get rid of now. Many grass stains will come out after a normal wash, but for those that are more stubborn, try pre-treating to get clothes back to new. Until next time, that is.


For oil-based paint, white spirit is your friend. Sponge it into the stain then wash as normal. Water-based paint stains should be rinsed immediately before following the normal washing instructions to remove completely.