How to Remove Stains From Clothes At Home Better Than The Dry Cleaner

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00:00 Introduction

Thanks to the Laundry Evangelist’s Laundry Camp for many of the tips shown in this video. If you ever have the chance to visit it at the Mall of America, you should do so.

No matter how careful a man may be in his day-to-day life with his clothes, the occasional stain is inevitable whether it be from a plate of spaghetti and impromptu tire change on the side of the road or really any time spent with a toddler, you’re bound to encounter a tough stain at some point. Fortunately, however, stain removal doesn’t have to be a chore or involve the dry cleaner. As long as you understand some basic chemistry you’ll be all set.

01:10 Four Basic Types Of Stains
Stains can be organic or inorganic in nature and from there can be oily or not. In other words, the four types of stains are organic, inorganic, oily organic, and oily inorganic. As examples of each of these, stains from living organisms including plants are considered organic, things like grass stains, blood, or red wine. Meanwhile, stains from manmade materials are inorganic, things like ink, solvents, or machine dust. Oily organics are things like barbecue sauce or sweat stains and oily inorganics are generally cosmetics like lipstick.

02:15 How To Get Rid Of Stains

First, standard organic stains are best treated with hot water and a substance that’s commonly marketed as bleach alternative. Bleach alternative and oxygen bleach are marketing names for a substance that’s scientifically known as sodium percarbonate or SPC for short. It’s the active ingredient in cleaners like Oxiclean but whereas those types of commercial cleaners usually contain fillers, SPC is most effective in its pure form.

For treatment of an organic stain, start by laying a towel down on your work surface. Actually, for any of the types of stains, we’re about to cover, putting down a clean towel is a good idea. Next, add a bit of SPC, we used about 1/2 capful to a basin of hot water and stir to completely dissolve it. Then, thoroughly wet the stained area of the garment in question with the hot water and SPC mixture. Lay the garment flat on the towel and gently blot at the stain with a clean cotton cloth, washcloth, or towel. You can also use a garment safe stain brush on most fabrics as we’re doing here. After pre-treating your stain this way, it can be washed as normal in your machine and if you’d like, you can also add a bit more SPC directly to the drum of the machine during the wash process.

Next, standard inorganic stains like ink are best removed by the use of a solvent. Rubbing alcohol or more technically isopropyl alcohol is best here. Although you can also use different substances like plain vodka. Applying the alcohol to the stain with a spray bottle works well after which point it can be gently blotted. Then wash as normal and as before, you can add some SPC to the machine if you’d like.

All oily stains whether they’re organic or inorganic in nature are best treated by first dealing with the oil. As oils often surround other staining substances, we’ll be looking at these stains sort of like a stain sandwich that is oil layer, stain layer, oil layer. To remove the first oil layer, fill a spray bottle with a solution of 50 percent white vinegar and 50 percent water. Spray the oil layer of the stain and then blot. Actually, using a stain brush may work best here. Next, apply a bit of water along with laundry detergent or better yet soap flakes and scrub again to deal with the main stain layer and for the final oil layer, spray again with your water and vinegar solution and blot or scrub a final time. To finish here, you guessed it! Wash as normal with optional SPC.

With these techniques in your arsenal then, stains should no longer pose a significant threat to you or your garments and you should be able to take care of them completely from the comfort of your own home.

Which of the techniques we laid out today were you most surprised by and do you have any alternative techniques for stain removal that we didn’t mention here? If so let us know in the comments section below.

How to Remove Stains From Clothes At Home Better Than The Dry Cleaner
How to Remove Stains From Clothes At Home Better Than The Dry Cleaner
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  1. When you're a lady but you still sub because the videos are good and helpful and the guys are handsome😄🌺

  2. Thanks for saving my blouse. Truly grateful

  3. Saw a dude this summer at the start of an outdoor classic car show rocking his obviously brand new, impossibly white, white skinny jeans. By the end of the day he had those nice white skinny jeans covered in grass stains. Grass stains are one of the worst, aren't they?

  4. Preston reminds me of Joseph Gordon-Levitt! Dapper AF!

  5. What about stains from solvent, bleach etc, let’s say that damaged a brand new brown wool suit…..

  6. This man looks like the most gentleman popular highschool kid.

  7. Thank youuu so muchhhhhhh

  8. This man's water bill through the roof 😳

  9. Is there a way to remove bleeding dye stains from clothing? I can't find any information, only preventative measures.

  10. YOUR LIKE A GUY WHO CAME OUT THE 1920'S SO OLD FASHION

  11. How to remove turmeric stain on colored clothes?

  12. Where to find and buy stain removal products from?

  13. Please someone help, I have a patch of hand sanitizer stain about the size of a fist on my new stone Island black cotton sweatshirt! How do I get rid of it I've tried everything 😭

  14. Reply
    1D 4eva • 99 years ago February 19, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    What if it’s a blue hand sanitizer stain?

  15. You said chemistry and then showed a picture of Walter white 😂😂

  16. The best stain remover…. Is Dawn OxiClean and carbonated water….. Rub dawn on the stain… Sprinkle on some OxiClean…. Let it sit for like 15 minutes…. Then use the carbonated water and a soft bristle toothbrush… It'll start to fizz as you're scrubbing in a circular motion…. Put in washer stains gone…. And for freshly oil stains… You can sprinkle on cornstarch or baby powder it'll absorb it….

  17. buy new shirt, give old shirt to a buster

  18. Can we plz get a summary of this video? You cover too much…
    -what the heck is SPS?
    -how to remove paint stains off clothes???
    THANK YOU!

  19. I have the best option buy new clothes 😂,jk I buy cheap stain clothes off line ,get the stains out an boom you got yourself a hundred dollar pair of jeans for 20 bucks .

  20. Magnificent Video Thank you much ✨

  21. We most of are students 😂

  22. How do you get out a stubborn set in stain on a sweat shirt?

  23. How do I remove henna from jeans?

  24. My guy fleee! Y'all see them loafers screaming comfortable!

  25. He looks like he could be a butler and I kind of feel safe trusting him with my white clothes, also he well explains the process

  26. Thats good tips but you kept saying and use lots of pure spc “the laundress” all purpose bleach alternative. Im not interested in that product. Im very interesting in household products without pure spc. What is the best methods without pure spc?

  27. Oven cleaner removes oil stains easily

  28. What is a formulated stain solution? Would that be something I could purchase at grocery such as Shout spray?

  29. THIS MAN IS FINE

  30. Hi! Just wanted to know I have a white T-shirt and when I washed it I discovered that it had some oily stains. I rehashed it many times bit in vain. Can you please help out . How do I get rid of these old stains, they look like oil stains. Thanks.

  31. So can you use SPC for stains on coloured clothing or only white clothing?

  32. ARE YOU THE ZODIAC KILLER AND DONT LIE

  33. Suitable for colored sweatshirt?

  34. How do you remove dried set in stains?

  35. Are blueberry stains organic and need cold water?

  36. Wonder if this works with OCPs

  37. This video was very helpful! Thanks!👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

  38. Stains along neckline of collared dress shirts. Use sandwich method??

  39. What is your "stain solution" made of, please?

  40. Do you have any tips on removing stains from tan leather shoes? I cannot define the type because they just seem to appear without me noticing the cause.

  41. Would hot sauce and chocolate be organic?

  42. Reply
    Little Asian Penis May 9, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Ok dexter

  43. i have stain on my plastic teeth covering which i couldn't remove washing with soap and water how cai remove safely ?

  44. Any tips for colour stained clothes?

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