There’s nothing worse than ruining a favorite article of clothing with one stupid stain. But believe it or not, those terrible stains might not be permanent. Here are six great clothing hacks for removing those stubborn stains to salvage your favorite clothes and save a little money!

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Sweat Stains

This is the best-kept secret of all time. If you’re an athlete, your white and gray workout shirts probably don’t last as long as you want them too — primarily because of those dark sweat stains. To avoid or remove these stains, spray sweat spots with lemon juice before you wash them.

The best method is to fill a spray bottle with fresh lemon juice for even coverage, but you can also squeeze the juice directly on the pit stain or scrub it with the rind. Either method should make a considerable difference.

Sneaker Rescue

Sneakers looking dingy? Make a mixture of baking soda and dish detergent and apply to the sneakers, then scrub with a toothbrush.

Most shoes will get damaged from the washer and dryer (especially white rubber-soled shoes — they’ll turn yellow) so this method is safest. Rinse with a high-pressure hose or faucet and stuff with newspaper to dry.

Oil & Butter Stains

Leave baby powder on the stain overnight and a large portion of the stain should be gone. Next, pour a liquid dish detergent — such as Dawn or Palmolive — on the stain with a little water and scrub for several minutes. Run it through the washer, hang dry (do NOT put in dryer), and the stain should be gone completely.

Water or Salt Stains on Leather

Do you have a beautiful leather jacket with a few water stains? What about those leather boots you wore on that day it wasn’t supposed to rain?

Grab a mini spray bottle, and using a mixture of 50-50 cold water and vinegar, spray the water spots and rub gently with a cloth to remove. This is especially good for boots that were sprayed with a little water-salt mixture from winter months.

Patent Leather

Normally, patent leather rebukes all stains, as liquids and solids roll right off. However, if you spill a sugary cocktail on that patent leather clutch, or set it on a sticky ring on the bar, you have a problem.

The easiest way to remove stains from patent leather is with a little Windex. My Big Fat Greek Wedding was right about something – Windex works like magic!

Make Up on Shirt Collars

Sure, we all want long-lasting waterproof foundation, but that waterproof quality is a huge pain if we get excess make up on our clothes. A little eye make up remover might work, but there’s a secret method — shaving cream to the rescue!

Just rub the shaving cream (cream, not gel) on the affected area and it should remove the stain. You can also try spraying the area with a little rubbing alcohol and blotting it if you still want to wear the shirt, but the strong smell might be too offensive.

Bonus: Red Wine Stains

While the old club-soda-and-salt method sometimes works, you can also try fighting fire with fire – fight that red wine stain with white wine! Most sources recommend saturating the effected area with white wine, but you need something to absorb the stain.

Place the material between two white cloth napkins to absorb the color, or cover the stain with baking soda to create a thick paste. Anywhere that has red wine probably also has white wine and baking soda! (Except maybe your college house.)


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