Five Most Common Summertime Stains and How to Get Rid of them.

Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but it can also be a time for stains. If you're not careful, those pesky juice boxes and popsicles can leave their mark on your clothes. Here are five of the most common summertime stains and how to remove them!

 

Grass Stains

If you have kids that participate in sports such as baseball or football...or spend a lot of time outside, you'll want to understand how to get rid of persistent grass stains in the laundry.

How to clean:

  • Before washing, soak the stained items in a large basin of warm water with a few drops of dishwashing detergent.
  • Use a soft bristle brush to softly scrub the stain in a small circular motion.
  • If the stain persists, repeat the treatment with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Soak for at least 30 minutes.
  • Remove the clip from inside the collar, and wash according to the washing instructions on the garment tag.

Sunscreen Stains

Never go out without sunscreen on your skin. However, what happens if it gets on your clothing? Sunscreen is one of the most difficult summer stains to remove, but it can be overcome with a little Dawn and elbow work.

How to clean:

  • To remove the stain, scrape off any visible droplets or blobs of the product before applying.
  • To remove grease or excess oils from the garment, sprinkle it with baking soda.
  • Soak the clothing in a solution of hot water and dishwashing detergent for at least one hour.
  • Wash according to care tag instructions.
  • If the above tips did not work, go to the laundry aisles of your local supermarket and pick up a rust stain remover. Treat the stain using the instructions again.
  • Choose a brand that does not include avobenzone, which is the primary stain-causing component, to avoid future sunscreen stains.

NOTE: Never use chlorine or oxygenated bleach on sunscreen. These chemicals might make the stain worse!

 

BBQ, Mustard, and Ketchup Stains

If you go all summer without a trace of delicious BBQ sauce (or ketchup/mustard) on your clothes, you're doing it wrong! Getting rid of those delectable stains will be a breeze with these methods.

How to clean:

  •  Remove any extra sauce from the clothing and blot dry with a clean cloth.
  • Combine one tablespoon of dishwashing detergent with one cup of white distilled vinegar.
  • Apply the stain and leave it to sit for 15-20 minutes.
  • Rinse and repeat.
  • Use the care tag as a guide before laundering.

Sweat Stains

A sweaty B.O. stench and a ripe sweat stain are two things that scream "summertime"  along with the noxious B.O. stench that accompanies it. This is almost impossible to avoid unless you live in Antarctica. Lucky for you keeping this from ruining your favorite clothing is quite simple.

How to clean:

  • In a small bowl, combine a 2:1 solution of hydrogen peroxide and dish soap (we like concentrated Dawn).
  • Apply a small amount of solution to the stain and massage it with your fingertips.
  • Place the baking soda in a bowl and, after sprinkling it over the top, set aside for 20-30 minutes.
  • Using a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush, gently scrub in a circular pattern.
  • Washing instructions are included on the garment's wash care tag. If stains persist, do not put the item in the dryer!

 

Dirt and Mud Stains

During the summer storms and heat, you're likely to come across numerous mud stains on your and your children's clothing. You can quickly remove them with a few simple strategies.

How to clean:

 

  • To begin, allow the mud to dry, removing wet mud is a lot more difficult.
  • Brush off the wet mud as much as possible with your hands or a clean, soft-bristled scrub brush once it has dried.
  • Spots on your laundry may be difficult to remove. Apply a few droplets of dish detergent to the discolored area.
  • Apply dish soap directly to the stain. If necessary, spray water on top of the detergent to allow it to soak in and remove the stain.
  • Let sit for 20-30 minutes.
  • Next, use a dish scrubbing brush to clean the stain and massage it gently until suds form.
  • Remove the item and wash it according to the garment tag instructions.

It is important for us to give you the best service and place to do laundry and be able to help guide you to find the best results. With our advice provided on our blog (insert link), our many Tumble Fresh Coin Laundry Locations (insert link) provides an assortment of the best laundry detergents to help get you the best results possible. 

Summer is a time for fun in the sun, but it can also be a time for stains. If you're not careful, those pesky juice boxes and popsicles can leave their mark on your clothes. Here are five of the most common summertime stains and how to remove them!

 

Grass Stains

If you have kids that participate in sports such as baseball or football...or spend a lot of time outside, you'll want to understand how to get rid of persistent grass stains in the laundry.

How to clean:

  • Before washing, soak the stained items in a large basin of warm water with a few drops of dishwashing detergent.
  • Use a soft bristle brush to softly scrub the stain in a small circular motion.
  • If the stain persists, repeat the treatment with a solution of equal parts vinegar and water. Soak for at least 30 minutes.
  • Remove the clip from inside the collar, and wash according to the washing instructions on the garment tag.

 

Sunscreen Stains

Never go out without sunscreen on your skin. However, what happens if it gets on your clothing? Sunscreen is one of the most difficult summer stains to remove, but it can be overcome with a little Dawn and elbow work.

 

How to clean:

  • To remove the stain, scrape off any visible droplets or blobs of the product before applying.
  • To remove grease or excess oils from the garment, sprinkle it with baking soda.
  • Soak the clothing in a solution of hot water and dishwashing detergent for at least one hour.
  • Wash according to care tag instructions.
  • If the above tips did not work, go to the laundry aisles of your local supermarket and pick up a rust stain remover. Treat the stain using the instructions again.
  • Choose a brand that does not include avobenzone, which is the primary stain-causing component, to avoid future sunscreen stains.

 

NOTE: Never use chlorine or oxygenated bleach on sunscreen. These chemicals might make the stain worse!

 

BBQ, Mustard, and Ketchup Stains

If you go all summer without a trace of delicious BBQ sauce (or ketchup/mustard) on your clothes, you're doing it wrong! Getting rid of those delectable stains will be a breeze with these methods.

 

How to clean:

  • Remove any extra sauce from the clothing and blot dry with a clean cloth.
  • Combine one tablespoon of dishwashing detergent with one cup of white distilled vinegar.
  • Apply the stain and leave it to sit for 15-20 minutes.
  • Rinse and repeat.
  • Use the care tag as a guide before laundering.

 

Sweat Stains

A sweaty B.O. stench and a ripe sweat stain are two things that scream "summertime"  along with the noxious B.O. stench that accompanies it. This is almost impossible to avoid unless you live in Antarctica. Lucky for you keeping this from ruining your favorite clothing is quite simple.

 

How to clean:

In a small bowl, combine a 2:1 solution of hydrogen peroxide and dish soap (we like concentrated Dawn).

 

  • Apply a small amount of solution to the stain and massage it with your fingertips.
  • Place the baking soda in a bowl and, after sprinkling it over the top, set aside for 20-30 minutes.
  • Using a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush, gently scrub in a circular pattern.
  • Washing instructions are included on the garment's wash care tag. If stains persist, do not put the item in the dryer!

 

Dirt and Mud Stains

During the summer storms and heat, you're likely to come across numerous mud stains on your and your children's clothing. You can quickly remove them with a few simple strategies.

 

How to clean:

  • To begin, allow the mud to dry, removing wet mud is a lot more difficult.
  • Brush off the wet mud as much as possible with your hands or a clean, soft-bristled scrub brush once it has dried.
  • Spots on your laundry may be difficult to remove. Apply a few droplets of dish detergent to the discolored area.
  • Apply dish soap directly to the stain. If necessary, spray water on top of the detergent to allow it to soak in and remove the stain.
  • Let sit for 20-30 minutes.
  • Next, use a dish scrubbing brush to clean the stain and massage it gently until suds form.
  • Remove the item and wash it according to the garment tag instructions.

It is important for us to give you the best service and place to do laundry and be able to help guide you to find the best results. With our advice provided on our blog (insert link), our many Tumble Fresh Coin Laundry Locations (insert link) provides an assortment of the best laundry detergents to help get you the best results possible.