Thursday, 4 April 2013

Printable Laundry Stain Removal Chart

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Isn't it a pain when you are loading a washing machine and you spot a stain that you just know is not going to come out with regular detergent? Pre-treating stubborn stains can help keep your clothes looking their best and can usually be done with everyday household products, but I can never remember what the correct method is for treating stubborn stains. For example, some stains need rinsing with hot water for best effect but in other cases the hot water will just set the stain. So, since I couldn't find a laundry stain removal chart that I liked online, I've created my own. And, being me I've turned this into a printable.

My laundry stain removal guide is laminated and kept in sight of my washing machine so it is easy to refer to when I need it, but you could also put this in a household binder or frame it and put it on your laundry room wall. I couldn't decide between chevron or quatrefoil and created both to see which one I preferred. So you get a choice of printable this week (apart from the design, the information on it is the same).
Here is the information from my laundry stain removal guide. After each treatment, wash the garment as normal.

Soak in cold water, mixed with  two tablespoons of salt or ammonia.

Remove as much of the excess as possible, being careful not to spread the stain. Rinse from the reverse side with cold water. Gently rub in some liquid detergent and leave it to sit for 5 minutes, then soak for 15 minutes in cold water.

Mix 1 teaspoon of white vinegar with two cups of water and apply to the stain with a sponge.

Sprinkle baking soda onto the crayon marks and rub with a cloth.

Dab a little non-gel toothpaste over the affected area and rub gently. Wash off with soap. Repeat if necessary.

Rub stain with dish soap and a damp cloth, before washing with a biological detergent.

Pre-treat the stain with white vinegar or dish soap.

Sprinkle baking soda on the affected area to soak up excess grease. Rub the stain with liquid dish soap and wash in the hottest water suitable for the garment.

Apply an ice cube to the area to harden the gum, or put in a freezer. Scrape off as much of the hardened gum as possible then pre-treat the area with a mixture of dish soap and white vinegar.

Allow the mud to dry completely. Remove as much of the mud as you can then rub dish soap into the area with a damp cloth.

Create a paste with baking soda and water. Apply it to the stain and leave it to sit for an hour.

Apply a paste of baking soda and water and leave for one hour. Soak garment in cold water then wash as usual.

Sprinkle salt on the area to absorb as much of the stain as possible. Rinse from the reverse side of the stain with boiling water and wash immediately.

Squeeze lemon juice onto the stain and sprinkle with salt. Allow garment to bleach naturally in the sun.

Apply white vinegar directly onto the stain and wash immediately. Sunlight will also bleach stubborn stains. 


  1. Great printable! I'd love for you to stop by my weekly link party and link this up.

  2. What a great idea! With two small kids I definitely need this around. :-)
    Visiting from the LLR linky party.

  3. Oh my, this is genius! Thank you

  4. Now how handy is that? Clever to make it look nice enough to frame and put on the wall! Great idea! Sharon

  5. what a great guide! THANK YOU!!!!! I'll print it (maybe laminate it) and place it in our linen closet (hopefully I wont forget that it is there, haha

  6. Where has this been all my (adult) life!? Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. GREAT idea!!! Thanks for sharing....printing now!
    Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

  8. Great printable! I'd love to laminate this too. Thanks so much for sharing.

  9. So cool! I'm going to hang it above my washer!

  10. Wow. what a great idea! definitely pinning and printing. :) thanks! stopping by from adorned from above's linky.

  11. Thank you, brilliant idea! Just about to print this off and laminate it - and my eldest daughter has infomed me she's now spilled something down her favourite shirt - so perfect timing.

  12. Any tips for removing sunscreen stains after they've already been washed once? It was the sunscreen spray, & it stained a new shirt... So sad! I didn't realize it was stained until after we washed it.

    1. It's not easy - I'm sure you know it's harder to remove stains once it's been through the wash! For pre-treating I'd suggest dish soap to remove the greasiness. But since it's been washed I'd try making a paste of bicarb and water and applying to the stain, leave it to dry and then put the shirt through the wash again.

      If that doesn't work, sunlight will eventually bleach out most stains. Not really the weather for hanging washing out in the UK, but you might be somewhere sunnier!

    2. Thanks, I'll give it a try! We live in the desert of Southern California, so if all else fails the sun might just do the trick!

  13. I love this printable. Thanks for sharing on Not Just a Housewife. Pinning for sure!

  14. I love this idea, you did a fantastic job on this :) who would have thought to make a pretty stain remover guide? I am definitely going to print one of these off :) My old washing machine had a guide imprinted on the inside of the lid I have missed having that but now with yours I will frame it and keep it by the washer!

  15. Brilliant idea. Thank you for sharing it with us. Off to download now for my laundry x

  16. This is so great! I always, always, always forget the best way to remove certain stains, so I NEED this in my laundry closet. Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday. We'll be featuring your printable tomorrow, so take a look if you have some time.

  17. Great idea! Thanks for linking up at my party!

  18. Fantastic idea! I could totally use this in our laundry room! You are a Featured Favorite this week on Cheerios and Lattes! We love having you join us and can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!
    Have a great weekend,
    Mackenzie :)

  19. What a great resource you've compiled. I would love it if you dropped by and linked this up at Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays at A Jennuine Life

  20. This is a great printable!

    Just wanted to let you know that my friends Kayla and I have started a link party again. We have our Circle of Faith every Sunday, but have it up by 6pm mountain time on Saturdays. We would love to have you come over and link up and anything and everything you would like to share. We have NO rules! Hope to see you there :)

  21. This is a really great idea to frame and hang in your laundry room. I can't waiit to print. Thank you for making this. :)

  22. Oh, this is fantastic! Thanks so much for putting this together. Much needed printable for my house.
    Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.

  23. Awesome this printable!

  24. I just saw this featured and Love & Laundry! This is awesome, thank you for sharing this idea; I can't wait to add this to my laundry room

  25. Great tips!! Thank you for linking up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!



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