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How to Remove Old Stains from White Clothes

Needing to learn how to remove tough stains from white clothes? Look no further than this guide!

By: Editors at AllFreeSewing.com
Updated February 09, 2022
How to Remove Old Stains from White Clothes

Just because you are an adult doesn't mean that coffee, mustard, or ketchup are any less likely to stain.

If you have discovered stains on your clothing long after they happened, there is no need to worry because you can learn how to remove old stains from white clothes with this guide.

Not all stains require a trip to the dry cleaners, even though some can be a bit stubborn.

Any mother of a two-year-old will tell you that there are ways to learn how to remove tough stains from white clothes if you are stubborn enough to keep trying.

Want to skip the long process of trial and error and save yourself some money (by not buying 15 products that promise to remove old stains that don't really work)? Then keep reading to learn how to remove old stains from clothes naturally.
 

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How to Get Stains Out of Clothes That Have Been Washed

The trick to successfully beating how to get old stains out of clothes is probably under your kitchen counter. Vinegar and elbow grease is a winning combination when it comes to removing stubborn stains and restoring your old clothes to their former glory.

The process of how to remove stains from white clothes starts with soaking the stain with distilled white vinegar and letting it sit there for a few minutes.

Allow it to soak thoroughly into the stain and then toss it into the washing machine and wait for the magic to happen. However, make sure to check that the stain is out before tossing it into the dryer.

If it isn't then you may want to try soaking it in vinegar, grabbing an old toothbrush to scrub the stain, and then attempting a wash cycle again.
 

How to Remove Sweat or Mildew Stains from White Clothing

Sweat and mildew leave behind a different type of stain, so if you need to learn how to remove old stains from clothes with these origins you need to tweak your method a bit.

This time soak vinegar into the area that is stained, but also rub in coarse salt. If you don't happen to have any, table salt will do in a punch. Put the clothes out in the sun and let them air dry so the vinegar and salt reach their full potential and then toss the clothes into the washing machine.

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How to Get Stubborn Ink Stains out of Clothes

Did a pain explode in your shirt pocket? This happens more than you think. To fix, simply spray the stain with some hairspray and then grab your distilled vinegar and lightly dab it. The hairspray and the ink will lift right off your clothing.
 

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