Wash and Fold Laundry Stain Removal Guide

Keep smudges, drips, drops, and smears from ruining your favorite outfit by taking quick and confident action before the stain gets the chance to dry!

The Key to Stain Removal is Acting Quickly!

  1. For the best stain removal outcome, you want to deal with the stain as early as possible. The less time a stain has to soak into your laundry, the easier it will be to remove. Whether you’re stuck at a backyard BBQ with limited options or in the comfort of your home with a laundry room nearby, you will want to act quickly!
  2. Pre-treat with a stain remover and give the stain remover ample time to soak in. It’s a marathon – not a sprint. The more time you let your stain soak, the easier it will be to remove.
  3. Launder the stained garment according to the fabric care instructions, using the warmest setting safe for the fabric. If the stain remains, you can repeat the process and mix in scrubbing the stain out of the damp garment. It’s important to remember: do not put it in the dryer until the stain is removed!
Wash and Fold Laundry Stain Removal Guide

Treating Stains with Laundry Detergent

For most wash and fold laundry fabrics, laundry stain removal starts with blotting up the excess stain then rinsing the area with cold water. Remember, don’t rub the stain; this spreads the stain and pushes it deeper and deeper into the garment!

Thanks to advances in modern detergents, keeping your favorite clothes blemish-free is easier than ever. We’ve detailed how to treat specific stains below. However, if nothing else, be sure to use water and laundry detergents to remove stains on your wash and fold laundry.

  • Liquid detergents tend to work better on oil, grease, and food stains.
  • Prewash stain removers (The over-the-counter options that are available as sprays, sticks, and liquids) are effective on most fibers. We always recommend keeping these handy at home!
  • For deeper, more serious stains (like rust and dye stains), laundry stain removal should include the use of chlorine or oxygen bleach (“color-safe”) in the wash cycle.

Wash and Fold Laundry Stain Removal Guide

How to remove grease stains?

Treat the soiled cotton/poly cotton fabric with a small squirt of dishwashing soap, about the size of a button. Anything more than a teaspoon will cause excess suds. That’s great for people who want a soap party in the laundry room, but not so great for everyone else.

Use your fingers to rub the soap over the entire stained area and allow a few minutes to let the soap set. The cleaning agents in the detergent grab and hold grease until the stain is washed away in the rinse cycle.

Toss the stained garment into the washing machine with similar items and wash normally. If the stain does not come out, do not try to pre-treat the soiled area twice.

How to remove blood stains?

Apply a small amount of hydrogen peroxide directly to the stain and watch as the red blood stain disappears. In the case of old or stubborn stains, reapply as needed. After the stain is removed, rinse the area with cold water to remove any peroxide that may be left behind.

How to remove juice stains?

Spray diluted dishwashing soap solution on the stain to remove sugars. Using an eyedropper vinegar and then hydrogen peroxide to remove any remaining color. Follow up with an enzyme detergent to remove residue before washing.

How to remove grass stains?

Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to form a thick paste. Smear onto the grass stain and let sit for about 30 minutes. Scrub with a brush, rinse with cool water, scrub in detergent, let sit, then rinse in cool water again.

How to remove red wine stains?

Mix together equal parts dishwashing detergent and hydrogen peroxide. Pour the mixture over the wine stain and allow it to soak in. You should see the stain begin to fade almost immediately. After you have allowed the mixture to soak into the stain, launder the clothing normally.

How to remove coffee stains?

Coffee stains are not permanent but can be difficult to remove depending on the time to soak or the size of the stain. Most coffee stains can be removed, however, this varies and can be a lengthy process.

For dried coffee stains, you’ll need water, clean cloths or paper towels, liquid laundry detergent, and white vinegar — in tough cases. If your clothing has a dried coffee stain, wet the stained area, and apply a few drops of laundry detergent while gently rubbing the stain with your fingers.

How to remove chocolate stains?

The best way to remove chocolate stains from any fabric is to soak the fabric in a mixture of water and either dishwashing soap, detergent, or vinegar to loosen and lift the stains. Use an enzyme cleaner for more stubborn smudges, and then wash and air dry until the stain has lifted.

How to remove lipstck stains?

Begin by pretreating the stain using a solvent-based stain removal product. If you don’t have a solvent-based pre-treater handy, apply a bit of heavy-duty liquid detergent to the stain and work it in by gently rubbing with your fingers or a soft-bristled brush.


Allow the stain remover to work for at least fifteen minutes, then wash the garment in the hottest water appropriate for the fabric following the guidelines on the care label. After washing, inspect the stained area before tossing it into the dryer. The high heat of the dryer, especially for synthetic fabrics, can make the stain very difficult to remove. Repeat the treatment if necessary.

How to remove ink stains?

Rubbing alcohol should be your first choice for neutralizing and removing oil stains. When it comes to small ink stains, you can apply the rubbing alcohol to a clean cloth or paper towel and start soaking the stain. After a few minutes rinse and blot.

Your goal here is to soak up the ink and not scrub it away so make sure to focus on creating pressure and blotting instead of wiping or scrubbing. If you’ve got an older or large ink stain, soak the area in rubbing alcohol for as much as 10 to 15 minutes. After the rubbing alcohol has removed the oil, soapy water may also help.

How to remove mud stains?
  1. Allow the mud to dry. Washing wet mud will only make the stain worse!
  2. Shake or brush off any dried-on mud that will come loose.
  3. Spot clean the stained area with liquid laundry detergent, following the steps in this article.
  4. Remember to always test your product on a small area of the garment first to check it will not damage the fabric.

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Wash and Fold Laundry Stain Removal Guide

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