How to Get Rid of 4 Common Summer Stains


Summer is prime stain season; not only are you subjecting your attire to more time outside (grass stains!), but let’s just say white linen and barbecue sauce do not make for good bedfellows. Here are some easy ways you can protect your outfit should you find yourself in trouble at a picnic, beach party, or any other potentially hazardous gathering. (C’mon, just because you’re chic doesn’t mean you’re immune to an errant squirt of ketchup.)

How to Remove Ketchup/Mustard Stains: These red and rust-color stains are fast and furious, so you’ve got to act fast before it sets in…forever.

  1. First, scrape the excess ketchup or mustard off with a butter knife or spoon.
  2. Quickly run the stained fabric through cold water.
  3. Apply liquid laundry detergent to the stain and start rubbing the fabric from the outside of the mark moving in to minimize spreading the stain.
  4. If your stain is on white fabric—and only if it’s on white!—you can delicately dab on lemon juice with a sponge, which will act as a bleaching agent.

How to Remove Ice Cream Stains: Mint chocolate chip? Yum and potentially yikes. With ice cream stains, you need to act fast, and have water handy—there’s lots of soaking involved. Once the stain dries, it’s much harder to remove. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Soak the stained garment in cold water for 10 minutes.
  2. Rub detergent onto the stained area.
  3. Soak the stain in room temperature water for 30 minutes.
  4. Apply a stain remover stick and let it sit for up from 7 to 10 minutes .

How to Remove Sunscreen Stains: While patting yourself on the back for smartly wearing sunscreen, you got some on your sleeve. Hey, it happens. Here’s what to do to:

    1. Make sure the clothing and stain are dry.
    2. Sprinkle the stain with baking soda and let it sit for 30 minutes.
    3. Brush off any excess powder.
    4. Rub the stain with dishwashing liquid and wait five minutes.
    5. Mix one teaspoon of laundry detergent into a bowl of hot water and let the garment soak for an hour.
    6. Rinse the garment in hot water and launder normally.


How to Remove Iced Coffee Stains: A tall serving of iced coffee is fantastically refreshing on a hot summer day…until the glass sweats watery brown droplets right into your lap. Here’s what to do (and this works for hot coffee too!):

    1. If it’s a fresh stain, wetting it with water and giving it a delicate wipe might just do the trick. If not, go to step 2.
    2. Rub liquid laundry detergent and cold water into the stain and let it sit for three to five minutes.
    3. If the stain remains, try soaking for five to 15 minutes in warm water and rinse.
    4. If the stain is still there, apply a stain stick or gel to the stained areas and let it stand for five minutes.
    5. Wash normally.


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