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How to Remove Laundry Stains with Vinegar

Not much beats the stain-fighting power of vinegar. ?Learn how to treat of your toughest laundry stains with distilled white vinegar and just a bit of elbow grease.

Remove Tomato Stains

Saturate the tomato stain with vinegar and allow it to soak in. Then, launder as usual. Check to make sure the stain is out, before you run it through the dryer.

Remove Mildew Stains

If you forgot to move the wash over to the dryer, and it smells mildewy, or has visible mildew stains, just mix equal parts vinegar and water with some salt, and soak the clothing in the solution. This should lift mildew stains from most fabrics. If you still see signs of staining after soaking, make a solution of undiluted vinegar and salt, and soak it again.

Remove Coffee/Tea Stains

To banish coffee or tea stains, soak the stained fabric in 1/3 cup vinegar mixed with 2/3 cup water. Hang the garment outside in the sun to dry, then launder as usual. 

Remove Mustard Stains

Mustard stains require a bit of persistence. Start by applying undiluted vinegar to the stain. Then, allow it to soak in. If that doesn't do it, you may also need to treat the spot with laundry detergent. Just work it into the stain. Then, throw it in the wash. Check to make sure the stain is out, before you dry the garment. Repeat the process, if necessary.

Remove Grass Stains

To lift grass stains, soak the garment in undiluted vinegar for 30 minutes; then launder it. If you can still see signs of the stain after washing, try making a paste of vinegar and baking soda. Use an old toothbrush to coat the stain; then launder it again. 

Remove Ink Stains

Defeat stubborn ink stains by spraying the stain with hair spray; then, dab vinegar on the hair spray to remove it -- and the ink. Nifty!

Remove Blood Stains

Fast action is the cure for bloodstains. Pour vinegar over the stain, and allow it to soak for 15 minutes. Then, rinse with cool water, and repeat if necessary. Wash immediately.

Remove Iron Scorch Marks

Accidentally leave the iron on your clothes for too long? Reverse the damage by soaking a cotton ball or rag in vinegar, and use it to dab at the scorched area. Blot the stain with a clean rag, and this should lift the stain. It may take more than one application to fully remove the scorch mark.

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