How to Remove 5 MORE Common Laundry Stains with Vinegar

Last week, we started a discussion about treating common laundry stains with vinegar. If you missed that piece, be sure to go back and read it HERE (we covered grass, crayons, blood, sweat and ketchup). While we're convinced that those are the most common laundry stains you'll find if you have kids, we've got even more stains today that you can easily treat with distilled white vinegar and a healthy dose of elbow grease. Read on to discover how you can remove 5 MORE of the most common laundry stains with vinegar.

Common Laundry Stains #6: Coffee

Coffee or tea stains happen far more than we care to admit, so much so that we now only drink coffee with a lid on our cup. However, before we wised up to smarter beverage containers, we found that soaking your shirt in 1/3 a cup of vinegar mixed with 2/3 cups of water, and then hanging your shirt outside to dry in the sun works wonders for treating a coffee or tea stain. Then just throw the shirt in the wash as usual.

Common Laundry Stains #7: Ink

Does your child like to write on their shirts while at school? No? Specifically, dry erase markers are now commonplace in schools (our kid used them all day, everyday during a year of virtual school). As such, the ink frequently ends up on their clothing. As such, you can tackle those annoying ink stains by spraying the stain with hairspray, then dabbing a little vinegar on the hairspray to remove it (the hairspray) and the ink with it.

If that doesn't work, you can also use Murphy's Oil to remove the ink from your garment. Place an absorbent towel (one that you don't mind getting stained) under the stained garment. Then use an old tooth brush dipped in Murphy's Oil to rub the stain until suds appear. Keep rubbing until the stain is mostly faded. Remove any remaining stain with dish soap. Rinse with clean water, then launder as usual.

Common Laundry Stains #8: Mustard

Last week, we covered ketchup stains. This week, let's talk mustard. Mustard stains can be a little more stubborn and often hit adults harder than they do kids (mostly because a lot of kids are scared of mustard for some reason). Nonetheless, vinegar usually does the trick! Apply undiluted vinegar to the stain and let it completely soak in. Most times, just doing that will work, but if it doesn't, you can spot treat the stain with laundry detergent. Just work the detergent into the stain and toss the piece in the wash. Make sure that the stain has completely lifted before drying.

Common Laundry Stains #9: Vomit

Most times, if you can throw vomit stained laundry into the wash immediately, you can usually avoid any long-term stains. However, if you don't discover the situation until later, then you should rinse the garment in cool water to remove as much of the vomit as possible first, before soaking the stain in vinegar and then throwing it in the wash. If necessary, you can repeat, but vomit stains are usually easier to treat.

Common Laundry Stains #10: Mildew

Have you ever forgotten to move your clothes from the washer over to the dryer, only to realize it a day or two later? Chances are that your laundry then smells like mildew or worse, there are now mildew stains. Again, vinegar to the rescue! Mix equal parts vinegar and water with a little salt and soak the clothing in the solution. That alone should remove any stains from the fabric. However, if you still see evidence of mildew, repeat the treatment and rewash. Just don't forget to move your clothes over to dryer once you're all done.

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