Before we get started, always remember to do a small, hidden spot test on the stain first. That way, you can ensure the stain removal process won’t make things worse.

For these methods, we’ll primarily use a detergent solution, which is 1 teaspoon of clear dishwashing detergent with 1 cup of warm water, undiluted household ammonia, and undiluted white vinegar.

Let’s dive into the guide:

  1. How to clean a blood stain?: Oops! Accidents happen. If you’ve had a minor scrape or cut, don’t worry. Our first tip involves applying a simple detergent solution to the stain, followed by a little bit of ammonia. A second round with the detergent and a final rinse with cold water should send that blood stain packing!
  2. How to get butter stains out of your clothes?: Buttered toast in the morning is a treat until it lands butter-side-down on your favourite shirt. No need for despair! A little dry cleaning solvent, followed by a dash of our trusty detergent solution and a water rinse, should have your shirt looking as good as new.
  3. What is the best way to remove candy or sweets stains?: Kids will be kids, and sometimes that candy doesn’t stay in their mouths. Start by freezing the sticky mess with an ice cube, then shatter it with a blunt instrument (a fun part for the kids!) and vacuum up the pieces. Follow up with a little dry cleaning solvent, a 3-5 minute pause, and repeat as necessary. Sweet success!
  4. How to get rid of chocolate stains?: We’ve all been there, that sneaky chocolate bar left a mark on your pants. Fear not, start by applying a detergent solution, follow up with a little ammonia, and give it another go with the detergent before a final rinse with water. Voila, the chocolate is gone, but hopefully not your love for it!
  5. How to remove cooking oil stains?: Those delicious fries may have left a little memory on your top. No worries, start by applying a dry cleaning solvent, follow it up with the detergent solution, and rinse with water. That oil stain will be just a ghost of a greasy past!
  6. How to clean cough syrup stains?: We know, cough syrup is the worst, and it’s even worse when it stains. But, don’t fret! Start with a detergent solution, then use some ammonia, a splash of vinegar, another round of detergent, and a final rinse with water. Voila, your clothes are cough syrup free!
  7. How to remove crayon stains?: Got a little artist at home? We’ve got you covered. Use a little WD-40 (keep it away from fabric), give it a gentle scrub, then rinse with water and a detergent solution, ending with another water rinse. Your little Picasso can now continue their masterpiece!
  8. How to clean dirt or mud stains?: A good day in the garden or a muddy adventure with your four-legged friend can result in dirt and mud stains. These are no match for a sequential application of detergent, ammonia, detergent, and finally a water rinse. Say goodbye to that stubborn dirt!
  9. How to remove egg stains?: Did your breakfast try to escape this morning? Not to worry! Apply a detergent solution, follow with some ammonia, then go over it again with detergent and rinse with water. That eggy mishap will be scrambled away!
  10. How to remove excrement stains?: Having kids or pets means sometimes dealing with messy situations. No need to feel down; just follow the same steps as for dirt/mud stains. That stain will be history before you know it!
  11. How to remove fruit juice stains?: Fruity stains can be sticky and annoying. But don’t worry, apply the detergent solution, followed by a bit of ammonia, then another round with detergent and a water rinse. The only evidence of that fruit juice will be a pleasant aftertaste!
  12. How to clean furniture polish stains?: It’s great that you’re keeping your furniture shiny, but not so great when the polish lands on your clothes. Use a dry cleaning solvent to start, followed by a detergent solution, and finally rinse with water. Now, both your furniture and your clothes are looking sharp!
  13. How to remove gravy stains?: Ah, the holidays! Love the meat and the gravy but not the stains they leave? Use a dry cleaning solvent, followed by a detergent solution, and a water rinse. Now you can enjoy your meal worry-free!
  14. How to clean ink stains from ballpoint or felt pen?: Oops! Did your pen leak on your shirt during that important meeting? No worries. Start with a dry cleaning solvent, follow up with a detergent solution, and rinse with water.
  15. How to remove fountain pen ink stains?: Did your fancy pen leave an unwanted autograph? Begin with a detergent solution, a splash of vinegar, followed by ammonia, and a rinse with water. Your clothes are back to their classy self!
  16. How to remove permanent ink stains?: Start with a dry cleaning solvent, followed by a detergent solution, and finally rinse with water. Your clothes will be as good as new!
  17. How to get lipstick stains out of clothes?: A perfect lipstick can enhance your look, but not when it’s on your collar! Start with a dry cleaning solvent, follow up with a detergent solution, and a water rinse. Now your clothes can look as good as you do!
  18. How to remove makeup stains?: It’s okay if your morning makeup routine was a little messy. Just start with a dry cleaning solvent, add a detergent solution, and rinse with water. Your clothes are now as flawless as your makeup!
  19. How to clean mayonnaise stains?: Sandwiches are tasty but can be messy. Not to worry, just apply the detergent solution, follow with some ammonia, another round of detergent, and a final rinse with water. Your sandwich might be gone, but so is the stain!
  20. How to remove Mercurochrome stains?: Did a minor injury leave a major stain? Start with a detergent solution, follow with ammonia, then vinegar, another round of detergent, and finally rinse with water. The stain, just like your injury, will be a thing of the past!
  21. How to get rid of milk or ice cream stains?: Enjoying a cold treat on a hot day is fun until you drop some on your clothes. But it’s okay! Start with a detergent solution, then some ammonia, another round with the detergent solution, and a rinse with water. Now, the only thing you need to worry about is brain freeze!
  22. How to remove nail polish stains?: Did your DIY manicure go a little off the rails? Not to worry, just use a non-greasy, lanolin-free nail polish remover to clean up. Your clothes will be as spotless as your nails!
  23. How to clean oil and grease stains?: Car maintenance or a barbeque could leave some greasy memories on your clothes. Apply a dry cleaning solvent, follow up with a detergent solution, and a final water rinse to wipe those greasy stains away!
  24. How to remove sauce stains?: Enjoyed pasta night a bit too much? Start with a detergent solution, then treat with ammonia. Apply the detergent solution once more and rinse with water. Your clothes are now as clean as your plates!
  25. How to clean shoe polish stains?: Shoe polish on your clothes can be annoying, but it’s not the end of the world. Use a dry cleaning solvent, followed by a detergent solution, and finally rinse with water. Now your shoes and clothes can both shine!
  26. How to clean stains from soft drinks and beer?: Had a little party mishap? Apply a detergent solution, then some vinegar, followed by another round of detergent, and finally a water rinse. Your clothes can now join the party again!
  27. How to remove starch stains?: Starchy foods are great, but starch stains, not so much. Apply a detergent solution, then treat with ammonia, followed by another round of detergent, and a final rinse with water. Now, your clothes are as crisp as your favourite starched shirt!
  28. How to remove sticky tape residue?: Tape can be tricky, leaving a sticky residue behind. Eucalyptus oil is your friend here. With this, you’ll say goodbye to the stickiness!
  29. How to get rid of tea and coffee stains?: Spilled your morning brew on your clothes? No worries. Start with a detergent solution, then vinegar, another round of detergent, and a final rinse with water. Now, you’re ready for that coffee break!
  30. How to remove toothpaste stains?: Brushing your teeth shouldn’t be a messy business, but if it is, use a detergent solution, then some ammonia, another round of detergent, and a rinse with water. Your clothes will be minty fresh!
  31. How to clean fresh urine stains?: Pet accidents happen, and it’s okay. Rinse with water, treat with ammonia, wash with detergent, and rinse again with water. Your pet will be back in your good books in no time!
  32. How to clean dried urine stains?: A bit of a late discovery? Apply a detergent solution, then treat with ammonia, follow with the detergent solution again, and a final rinse with water. Your clothes are ready for the next adventure!
  33. How to clean vomit stains?: We know this isn’t fun, but we’ve got you covered. Start with baking soda, scrape and vacuum it up. Follow this up with a detergent solution, ammonia, another round of detergent, and a final rinse with water. We promise, your clothes will be as good as new!
  34. How to remove red wine stains?: A wine spill can put a damper on a great evening. But don’t worry! Apply a detergent solution, then some ammonia, followed by vinegar, another round of detergent, and finally a rinse with water. Now, you can enjoy your wine in peace!
  35. How to clean white wine stains?: It might be less noticeable than red, but it’s still there. Use a detergent solution, followed by some vinegar, then another round of detergent, and a rinse with water. Now, your clothes can join the wine tasting too!

There you have it! A fun and comprehensive guide to tackle any stain life throws at you.

We’ve put this all in a nice printable sheet for you to download and stick on the fridge in case of emergency.

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Remember, every stain is just a story in disguise, and you’re more than equipped to handle it. Happy cleaning!