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The Ultimate Stain Removal Guide

Having two children under the age of three, we go through a lot of laundry at my house. Among the spit-up, blowouts, and the mischievous acts of my toddler son, almost every article of my children’s clothing needs a little extra TLC before laundering. Tired of obnoxious stains covering your clothes? Don’t know the best way to remove those stains? Check out this Ultimate Stain Removal Guide; the best ways to rid your clothes of the most common stains.

I received samples and compensation in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own. 

The Ultimate Stain Removal Guide

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Blood: Soak stain in ice cold water. Scrub, pre-treat with stain remover, and wash in cold water.

Grass: Pre-treat stain with a small amount of white vinegar. Allow to soak in cold water before washing.

Baby Food: Remove excess food from clothing. Blot stain with cold water, and allow garment to sit in the sun. Pre-treat with stain remover and wash.

Juice: Blot out excess juice. Apply a small amount of white vinegar and soak before washing.

Sweat: Combine baking soda and water. Apply it to the stained area. Allow baking soda mixture to sit before washing.

Bodily Fluids: For stains such as poop, pee, and spit-up, remove excess fluid, apply dish soap, then set in the sun. Wash and repeat if stain still exists.

Gum: Place article of clothing in the freezer until the gum has completely frozen. After gum is hard, it will be a lot easier to remove from your clothing. Chip gum off, pre-treat with stain remover, and throw in the washer.

Candle Wax: Use a blow dryer to heat wax. Remove as much wax as possible. Pre-treat stain with white vinegar or dish soap.

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As with all stains, after pre-treating, it’s important to wash your garment using a stain-fighting laundry detergent. Want to know my favorite laundry detergent that rids my clothes from even the toughest of stains? Seventh Generation’s Free and Clear Natural Laundry Detergent. Using no dyes, optical brighteners, or synthetic fragrences, Seventh Generation is perfect for even the most sensitive skin.

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Non-toxic and biodegradable, Seventh Generation’s Free and Clear Detergent completely removes visible stains such as tomato sauce and strawberries. Perfect for standard and HE washing machines, this all-natural detergent works no matter the water temperature.

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Not only does Seventh Generation’s Natural Laundry Detergent completely rid my family’s clothing of tough stains such as mud, grease, and ink, but the Blue Eucalyptus & Lavender and Fresh Citrus scents leave our clothes smelling incredible.

Thanks to Seventh Generation, our clothes have never looked cleaner – or smelled better! Be sure to visit Seventh Generation to check out more effective and natural products the whole family can enjoy.

What’s your favorite stain removal trick?


Wednesday 14th of October 2015

I never knew that grass could be added to get out by white vinegar. Seventh generation might be the thing for me to switch too.

Amy Desrosiers

Wednesday 14th of October 2015

I love using gentle laundry care products on my kids clothing too! I hate the thought of harsh chemicals covering their clothing.


Wednesday 14th of October 2015

oh my friend needs these she has 3 kids, 2 boys and a girl so they are always getting dirty from playing outside..she could totally use this i am gonna tell her about it.


Wednesday 14th of October 2015

My son is way into Play dough right now so we have it everywhere. I am needing to try some of these strategies.


Wednesday 14th of October 2015

This is a great guide and I need to print this list. Thanks for sharing this.

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