How to Remove 5 Common Laundry Stains with Vinegar

If you have kids, then you've likely had your fair share of battles with various laundry stains. From grass to crayons to blood and sweat, we've seen it all. Luckily, we've found that the best defense against tough laundry stains is distilled white vinegar and a healthy dose of elbow grease. Read on to discover how you can remove 5 of the most common laundry stains with vinegar.

Common Laundry Stains #1: Grass

If your kids are like ours, they're likely spending a lot of time this summer playing outside. If you have a baseball player, they're spending even more time on the ball field in crisp white baseball pants. Interestingly enough, grass is particularly attracted to white and can create a stain in record time. Luckily, grass stains are pretty easy to treat (and if all else fails, most times you can simply add bleach), but if you want a less abrasive approach, try soaking your garments in undiluted vinegar for 30 minutes before laundering as normal. If there's still evidence of a stain after washing, you can make a paste using vinegar and baking soda. We suggest using an old toothbrush to apply the paste to the stain first, then wash again.

Common Laundry Stains #2: Crayons

Another common stain we run into frequently with kids is crayons. While these can be annoying, we generally find that most crayon stains are completely washable (and often don't even require treatment). However, if you've got a tough crayon stain, rub some vinegar into the crayon stain with an old toothbrush and then toss the article of clothing into the wash.

Common Laundry Stains #3: Blood

Blood is another common stain, especially for kids prone to boo-boos, and unlike a lot of other stains, we highly recommend that if you or your child gets blood on their clothing to move fast (dried blood in clothing can be quite difficult to remove). Pour vinegar over the stain and let it soak for 15 minutes. Then rinse the garment with cool water. If necessary, repeat, then wash the garment right away.

Common Laundry Stains #4: Sweat

We've found that some people are more prone to sweat in some fabrics over others. If you want to avoid sweat stains entirely, you may want to avoid certain fabrics (typically synthetic material causes people to sweat more than natural fabrics such as cotton). However, as hot as it's been lately, you're likely still going to sweat even if you're wearing basic cotton. Therefore, if you want to remove sweat stains, pour some distilled white vinegar over the discolored area (often the armpits) and rub coarse salt into the stain. If you don't have coarse salt, you can also use table salt. Then place the garment out into the sun to dry. Once it's dried, toss it into the wash as usual and the stain should completely lift.

Common Laundry Stains #5: Ketchup

Raise your hand if you've ever dropped spaghetti or a glob of ketchup right on the middle of your shirt? It happens to the best of us. Luckily, these stains are pretty easy to remove and can often be removed by simply letting water run over the spot immediately. Unfortunately, if you're out in public, you can't just take off your shirt. Therefore, to treat a tomato-based stain, you'll want to saturate the stain with vinegar and let it soak in. Once it's soaked, wash as normal. Make sure that the stain is removed before drying. If not, just repeat vinegar treatment.

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