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20 DIY Solutions to Get Stains Out of Clothes

A few weeks back, I had just bought this brand new pair of suede shoes and I was absolutely in love. That very same evening, I wore them out for a night on the town and what do you know? Right at dinner, a lovely woman sitting next to me splashed her red wine all over them. (Italian dinner and suede was probably not a good idea in hindsight.) I tried to compose myself and casually walk to the bathroom while I was slowly crumbling inside, and I managed to take a detour at the bar to ask if there was anything they could do. Just then, this wonderful Italian woman stepped out from behind the bar and handed me a washcloth soaked in gin. She told me to dab it all over the strain and it would be gone once it dried. She was right! I’ve been passing this trick onto everyone I know and now I’m passing it over to you.

Since then, I’ve become obsessed with natural stain removal. I want to be prepared in case my shoes are threatened with ruin once again!

Learn how to make a variety of different stain removers in your own home with 20 DIY Solutions to Get Stains Out of Clothes:

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  • Toothpaste on Leather 2 of 21
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    You can remove a variety of stains on leather with toothpaste. Simply rub it on and rub it away.  
    Find out more at Yahoo.

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  • Tomato Sauces 3 of 21
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    Avoid setting a tomato stain by soaking in cold instead of hot water. A mixture of vinegar and dishwashing liquid can help remove it if you soak for at least a half an hour.
    Find out more at TLC.
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  • Hydrogen Peroxide and Original Blue Dawn 4 of 21
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    Mix 1 part Dawn with 2 parts Hydrogen Peroxide, apply to stain, and rinse.
    Find out more at Modern Day Moms.
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  • Castile Soap Stain Remover 5 of 21
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    Create a mixture of water, castile soap, vegetable glycerin, and lemon as a way to get stains out of your clothes.
    Find out more at The Prairie Homstead.
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  • Ink Stains and Hand Sanitizer 6 of 21
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    Who knew your hairspray and hand sanitizer could clean away ink stains in minutes?
    Find out more at One Good Thing by Jillee.
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  • Armpit Stains 7 of 21
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    Mix together hydrogen peroxide, Dawn, and baking soda to get yellow armpit stains out of your favorite tops.
    Find out more atSisters Shopping on a Shoestring.

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  • Citrus Enzyme for Stains 8 of 21
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    Make your own citrus enzyme with fruit, brown sugar, yeast, and water to get stains out of clothing and clean your house.
    Find out more at Eco Karen.
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  • Bit o’ Borax 9 of 21
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    Mix together borax, white vinegar, and water to get a stain out. Brush it away with a toothbrush and voila.
    Find out more at Simple Homemade.
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  • Goodbye Grease 10 of 21
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    Dab eucalyptus essential oil onto the stain and let it soak in. Wash it and hang to dry.
    Find out more at Creative Christian Mama.
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  • Gee Whiz, Cheez Whiz 11 of 21
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    I have yet to try this, but apparently applying Cheez Whiz onto a grease or oil stain can take it right out.
    Find out more at Wisebread.
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  • Block Out the Blood with Soda 12 of 21
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    Pour club soda onto the bloody stain and let the fizz remove it away. Clean as usual.
    Find out more at Happy News.
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  • Sports vs. Stains 13 of 21
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    Mix 1/3 cup of vinegar with 2/3 cups of water and blot the stain away. If it doesn't go away repeat and then wash as usual.
    Find out more at Huffington Post.
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  • Darn You Red Wine 14 of 21
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    As soon as the wine touches the fabric, douse it in salt and then put it in cold water. Blot and wash as soon as possible.
    Find out more at Huffington Post.
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  • Lipstick Blues 15 of 21
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    Get a pesky lipstick stain out by blotting it with a washcloth dipped in rubbing alcohol.
    Find out more at Huffington Post.
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  • Aspirin for Socks 16 of 21
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    Get your dirty socks whiter by dissolving five Aspirin tablets in hot water. Soak your socks and wash as usual.
    Find out more at Reader's Digest.
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  • Talcum for Ties 17 of 21
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    Sprinkle talcum powder or cornstarch over the grease stain on your necktie to remove it overnight.
    Find out more at Long Tie Store.
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  • Gum be Gone 18 of 21
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    A quick way to remove gum from a top is by putting it in the freezer to harden. Anything that remains can be taken away with white vinegar.
    Find out more at TLC.
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  • Grape Juice Stains 19 of 21
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    Remove grape juice from clothes with laundry detergent, vinegar, and water. If it doesn't come out the first time you can dab it with rubbing alcohol.
    Find out more at Good Housekeeping.
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  • DIY Oxy-Clean 20 of 21
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    Use hot water, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide to make a homemade Oxy-Clean.
    Find out more at Thrifty Fun.
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  • Shampoo Pretreat 21 of 21
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    Pretreat your stained clothes with a mixture of warm water and about a 1/4 cup of shampoo. Spray on the stain and wash as usual.
    Find out more at Thrifty Fun.
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Jaime Morrison Curtis is author of the bestselling book Prudent Advice: Lessons for My Baby Daughter (A Life List for Every Woman), follow up fill-in journal My Prudent Advice, and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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