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How to Get Stains Out of White Blouses

Get the Dirt: How to Get Stains Out of White Shirts

Nothing sucks more than spilling coffee, food, or even getting makeup transfer on your perfect white shirt. Believe us, we've all been there before and while your sticky situation may seem hopeless at the time — why does it always happen before a big meeting or even worse, a first date — there is a way to remedy your fashion blunder. All you need are a few household essentials like a white cloth, salt, hair spray, etc., and before you know it, your stain (and stress!) will disappear before your very eyes. Just read below for our no-fail tips on getting all kinds of tricky stains out of white blouses and shirts.

Red wine stains

  • Club soda — Pour club soda over the stain, allow it to bubble up, then blot. Repeat until the stain completely disappears.
  • Salt — For freshly spilled wine, pour a layer of salt over the stain until it has absorbed into the salt. Wait about an hour, then brush away the salt — and the stain!
  • Milk — Pour or blot the stain with milk and let it soak for about an hour. Afterwards, rinse and wash the shirt as normal.
  • Read on for more easy tips on fighting grease, lipstick, and deodorant stains.
    Food/grease stains

  • Cornstarch — Completely cover the stain and let it absorb for about an hour. Afterwards, scrape off the cornstarch and the stain should be gone — voila!
  • Dishwashing liquid — rub the stain with dishwashing liquid (Dawn is our preferred choice) then let it sit for 30 minutes. Wash and dry as usual.
  • Lipstick stains

  • Hair spray — Apply hair spray to the lipstick stain and let sit for a few minutes. Then, wipe off the hair spray and the stain should come off.
  • Toothpaste — Apply white toothpaste to the stain, rub, then rinse with water. Repeat if necessary.
  • Denatured alcohol — Drop a small amount of denatured alcohol on the stain and blot with a white cloth. Then, rinse with liquid soap and water.
  • Deodorant stains

  • Vinegar — Soak clothes in a vinegar and cold water mix and let soak for 30 minutes. After soaking, wash as normal.
  • Photo courtesy of Ben de Lisi

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