Photo Credit:  Peter Hellberg


  1. Never iron fabric with a deodorant stain, this will permanently damage the fabric.
  2. Be very careful not to get suntan oils on garments as many of them will permanently stain.
  3. Do not attempt to remove cosmetic stains yourself, the color in cosmetics runs easily and will enlarge the stain if you try to remove it yourself.
  4. Never wash an egg stain in hot water – this will cause the stain to set.
  5. The safest form of mild bleach for whitening all natural fibers is white vinegar.
  6. A common fatal error is the use of acetone in home stain removal. Acetate fibers will dissolve in acetone – don't attempt your own stain removal.
  7. Some water spots on fabrics such as taffeta or silk can be removed by holding the fabric over steam (as from a kettle) and then ironing gently while damp.
  8. If a stain is still wet do not rub it or you will likely spread it – simply try and absorb excess moisture with paper towel or cotton towel.


INK - Do not use hairspray on ballpoint pen ink. The oils and lanolin in the hairspray can cause more stains. Bring it to us.

GUM - To remove chewing gum from kids clothing, harden the gum on the garment with ice; it will become brittle and can be chipped off. Then wash thoroughly to remove any sugar.

CANDLE WAX - Place the stained area between paper towels, or pieces of brown paper, and press with a warm iron to absorb the wax. Repeat with new paper towels until all of the wax has been absorbed.

PERSPIRATION - Soak the stained area in a warm white-vinegar and water solution.