Stains on clothes are just as unavoidable as rain during the monsoon season, on top of that, they can happen just about anywhere: in the kitchen, in your garden, or in front of the bathroom mirror. Being prepared for a stain emergency can save you precious time and energy, not to mention the fabric of your treasured garbs. Read on to learn about some of the most common stain types and how to remove them!
Here’s what you’ll find in the article below:
What are the different stain types?
Based on their texture, chemical makeup and origins, we can distinguish between five different types of stains:
- Enzymatic - Grass and blood stains, for example
- Grease - Butter or other oily stains
- Body soils - Collar and sweat stains
- Bleachable - Stains from coffee and tea
- Outdoor - Clay, soil, or dirt stains
From underarm sudor to spicy curry, you can remove almost any kind of stain with some help from Ariel.
Ariel’s 7-step stain removal guide
Although no two stains are created equal, you can still get rid of them rather easily if you just follow these 7 simple steps. Follow Ariel’s foolproof stain removal guide and learn how to get any stain out of your garments!
Step 1 – Remove excess.
Grab a paper towel and a spoon and try to get rid of as much of the stain as you possibly can without spreading the stain further.
Step 2 – Check care labels.
Before moving on, check your garment’s fabric care label to find out if it’s safe to wash in a washing machine and under what conditions. Do you want to know what each symbol represents? Then check out our handy guide on fabric care labels.
Step 3 – Dose detergent.
Use Ariel Matic Powder, and always make sure to check dosage instructions on your pack to learn more about how to use and dose Ariel PODS. Of course, if you’d rather wash your clothes with liquid detergent or PODS, you can do that as well, thanks to Ariel’s wide range of laundry products.
Step 4 – Load.
Place the soiled garment directly into the drum of your washing machine and fill it with similar clothes in terms of colour and fabric type. To make sure you didn’t over- or underload your washer, apply the palm trick: simply place the palm of your hand between your clothes and the wall of the drum – if it fits, you have the perfect load. If it doesn’t, take a few items out. And if you feel there’s still some space left in there, put more garments in.
Step 5 – Wash your garments.
Choose the most appropriate wash cycle and water temperature based on the recommendations given by your garment’s fabric care label.
Step 6 – Unload immediately.
Once the wash has run its course, make sure you remove your clothes immediately, or within 2 hours for optimal freshness. Leave them inside the damp and dark environment of your washer for too long and you risk your clothes to grow an unpleasant mildew smell.
Step 7 – Check garments before drying.
Before putting your clothes into the drier or hanging them out to dry on a line outside, check if those unsightly stains are completely gone, as drying will just set them further in.
To prevent stains from setting into your fabrics, make sure to soak your clothing item in cold water as soon as possible, even if you’re not sure where the stain has come from. However, for harder-to-remove greasy stains, you'll want to use warm or hot water. Hungry for more? Read Ariel’s advice on how to remove stains from coloured clothes, or learn how to remove stains from white a white shirt and other white clothes.
If you’re still in the dark on how to do laundry correctly, don’t worry: just head on to our comprehensive laundry guide, which covers everything from washing symbols to sorting, and become the laundry pro you were always destined to be!
How to remove food and drink stains
Whether you spilt a glass of red wine on your favourite blouse while reading a book in your comfy armchair or ended up with some butter on your shirt while preparing chicken makhani, Ariel is here to help you remove a colourful range of food and drink stains in a few easy steps!
How to remove tough stains
From sticky chewing gum to pesky sweat and stubborn ink, some stains are more difficult to remove than others. But don’t worry, with a few extra tips from Ariel, you can remove even the toughest, most sinister substances from your fabrics.
How to remove outdoor stains
Regardless if you’ve spent your day on a picnic in the park, playing with your kids in the garden, or going on a bike ride with your friends, besides accumulating some vitamin D, you also have a pretty good chance to get some classic outdoor stains on you. Learn how to get rid of rust, mud and grass marks with Ariel!
How to remove beauty stains
A little bit of makeup can go a long way in making you feel better about your appearance, but not if it’s on your most cherished clothing. Read Ariel’s handy tips on beauty stain removal and find out how to deal with the most beautiful of all stain types.
FAQs on how to remove stains from clothes at home
Do you want to know more about stain removal? Ariel has got your back! Below, you can find the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about stains on clothes:
What is the best way to remove stains?
The most effective way to remove a stain is to remove excess stain from the item immediately, let it soak in cold water for a bit, and wash it with Ariel 3-in-1 PODS following the instruction on the detergent’s package and the garment’s care label.
How to remove stains from clothes at home?
You can easily remove virtually all kinds of stains from your clothes at home by following the advice laid out in the above guide. However, in case you’re dealing with a dry-clean-only item, you’re better off taking the stained garment to a professional dry cleaner.
Can all stains be removed?
Yes, by acting fast and sticking to Ariel’s stain removal steps, most stubborn stains can be removed from your clothes.
Does baking soda remove stains?
Popular for its natural cleaning properties, baking soda can be used for stain removal, however, you can expect rather lacklustre results. A high-quality detergent like Ariel PODS will always deliver a more superior stain removal, since it is specifically designed to give you impeccably clean clothes.
Can vinegar remove stains?
Similar to baking soda, vinegar can also be used as a DIY stain removal agent, but it will be nowhere near as effective at getting rid of stubborn stains while protecting the fabric of your clothes as a laundry detergent.
Does toothpaste remove stains from clothes?
Actually, you can spot-treat the stained area of a clothing item by using a mixture of toothpaste, water and liquid laundry detergent – but why would you want to do the dirty work instead of your washing machine? Just pop an Ariel 3-in-1 POD into your empty washer, take your stained garment and place it in the drum alongside similar clothes, and wash as usual for excellent, stainless results.
Life is generally messy – but with the above stain removal steps, you can make it brilliantly clean! Discover more laundry tips from how to wash your favourite clothes the right way to how to keep them from getting damaged, or shop our products.