How to remove tough stains from clothes

How to remove tough stains from clothes


Some stains are easy to remove, but some tough stains seem to stay on our clothes forever. Now it’s time to say goodbye to even the most difficult marks with our comprehensive stain removal guide. Choose the type of stain you would like to get rid of and let Ariel detergent provide you with impeccable cleaning!

You can find the toughest stains and how to remove them in the table below.

Adhesives – including glue and nail varnish

Stains can come quite unexpectedly – it could be while working on a school project or doing your nails on the weekend. When it comes to removing nail polish from clothes, dab nail varnish remover onto the affected piece of material (except on synthetic fabrics such as nylon and polyester), then wash with Ariel detergent* according to fabric care labels and washing instructions.


Many wonder how to remove blood stains, as they are considered a difficult stain, so let Ariel help you with some tips. Rinse fresh blood stains immediately with cold water then wash in Ariel detergent*. Or first treat with Ariel then soak in water for two hours, then wash according to the care label.

Candle wax

Although the glow can be beautiful and even romantic, the wax on your tablecloth can really spoil your mood at dinner. Peel off any surface wax then sandwich the fabric between sheets of blotting paper or kitchen towels. Use a warm iron to press down on the back of the fabric. Then wash with Ariel* as normal according to the fabric care label.

Chewing gum

Have you ever asked yourself the difficult question – How did it get there? While you’re solving the mystery, let Ariel save the day. Gum is easier to remove when it’s hard, so place the affected item into a bag in the freezer or put ice onto the gum. Once it’s hardened, you’ll find it breaks off quite easily. Then pre-treat the area with Ariel* before washing as normal.

Ink – including ballpoint and felt tip

Kids will be kids – and getting ink on their shirts is part of their colourful childhood! Removing ink stains from those clothes is Ariel’s job. Soak overnight in cold water containing a bit of Ariel*, then wash according to the care label and its washing symbols. Dab older stains with nail varnish remover (not suitable for synthetic fabrics) then wash with Ariel* as normal.


On the one hand, there is the stain itself, and on the other, there is the odour. Kill two birds with one stone – remove both mould and rust stains from your clothes, and the smell at the same time! For ordinary fabrics sprinkle on salt and squeeze on lemon juice, then leave overnight before washing as normal. For heavier stains use a rust remover then wash with Ariel powder detergent* as normal according to the fabric care label. Mould and rust are difficult to remove from fine fabrics (such as wool and silk) and are best treated by dry cleaning.


The beautiful, bright and vibrant colour of turmeric or haldi may be pleasing to the eye on your plate or in your glass, but definitely not on your clothes. When it comes to removing a turmeric or haldi stain, act as quickly as possible and try to scrape off the excess with a spoon or a dull knife. Then use Ariel liquid laundry detergent mixed with water as a pre-treatment, and finally wash your garment as usual.


Sweat stains can cause your garment to turn grey over time, or brownish yellow if it’s the anti-perspirant or deodorant you’re using that is the root of your stain. Both can be handled the same way: rinse the fabric in cold water, then wash it with Ariel* as usual.


A stain you would really want to avoid, but when it does come up you don’t want the unexpected stain left hanging around, so remove as much as possible under running cold water. Soak in water containing Ariel detergent*, then wash as normal.

*Use Ariel Matic Front Load, if you have front load fully automatic washing machine or Ariel Matic Top Load if you have top load fully automatic machine. If you have a semi-automatic washing machine or you do handwashing, choose simple Ariel.