How to remove food stains from clothing

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These Charts Will Change Your Life If You’re A Messy Eater because if you don’t have a stain on your shirt right now, chances are you will soon.

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*Note that these removal processes are intended for cotton and cotton-blend, non-dry-clean articles of clothing.

When you’re removing stains, there are two key things to keep in mind: Try to treat the stain as quickly as possible, and whatever you do, don’t wash and dry the item before treating the stain or else it’ll set into the garment.

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First, run cold water through the back of the stain. This way, the water will run out the fabric the way it came in to avoid spreading.

Mix clear laundry detergent with a bit of cold water, and set onto the stain. Let sit for three to five minutes.

Mix clear laundry detergent with a bit of cold water, and set onto the stain. Let sit for three to five minutes.

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*Use clear, dye-free detergent because it won’t dye your clothing.

Place the item in a tub of cold water and rub the stain with your fingers.

Place the item in a tub of cold water and rub the stain with your fingers.

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Let the item soak for 30 minutes and voilà! No more coffee stain.

Let the item soak for 30 minutes and voilà! No more coffee stain.

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First, scrape the excess ketchup off gently with a butter knife.

First, scrape the excess ketchup off gently with a butter knife.

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Cover the stain in a thin layer of clear dish soap.

Cover the stain in a thin layer of clear dish soap.

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On top of the dish soap, pour an equal amount of white vinegar.

On top of the dish soap, pour an equal amount of white vinegar.

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Soak the stain in cold water (or run it underneath a faucet and rub the stain out with your fingers).

Soak the stain in cold water (or run it underneath a faucet and rub the stain out with your fingers).

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Adios, tomato!

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Place a sheet of paper towel on a table and lay the stain on top of it.

Place a sheet of paper towel on a table and lay the stain on top of it.

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Next, sprinkle baking soda on top of the stain so that it’s completely covered.

Next, sprinkle baking soda on top of the stain so that it's completely covered.

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Pour club soda on top of the baking soda so that it creates a nice bubbly concoction.

Pour club soda on top of the baking soda so that it creates a nice bubbly concoction.

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Rub the mixture together and rinse the stain out with cold water.

Rub the mixture together and rinse the stain out with cold water.

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Fold the clothing over and rub the fabric together with your fingers. Before you know it, the wine stain will be gone!

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Sprinkle corn starch on top of the stain.

Sprinkle corn starch on top of the stain.

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You can also use baking powder or baking soda.

Once the stain is covered, let the powder sit for 30 minutes.

Once the stain is covered, let the powder sit for 30 minutes.

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Brush the powder off gently with a clean toothbrush.

Brush the powder off gently with a clean toothbrush.

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Next, spray the stain with commercial stain treatment.

Next, spray the stain with commercial stain treatment.

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Place the garment into the washing machine and wash as directed on the label. See ya later, grease!

Place the garment into the washing machine and wash as directed on the label. See ya later, grease!

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Lay a few sheets of paper towel on a table and set the stain on top of them.

Lay a few sheets of paper towel on a table and set the stain on top of them.

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Next, cover the entire stain with milk and let sit for about five minutes.

Next, cover the entire stain with milk and let sit for about five minutes.

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*Milk ~magically~ lifts the chocolate from the clothing fibers.

Place the stain in a tub of cold water and rub the stain out with your fingers.

Place the stain in a tub of cold water and rub the stain out with your fingers.

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Next, wring out the water from the garment and pour about a tablespoon of clear liquid laundry detergent (or 2 tablespoons if the stain is bigger) onto the stain.

Next, wring out the water from the garment and pour about a tablespoon of clear liquid laundry detergent (or 2 tablespoons if the stain is bigger) onto the stain.

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Rub the stain out with your fingers and rinse off with clean water. That’s it!

Rub the stain out with your fingers and rinse off with clean water. That's it!

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First, scrape off the excess peanut butter with a butter knife.

First, scrape off the excess peanut butter with a butter knife.

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Next, cover the stain with a thin layer of clear dish soap.

Next, cover the stain with a thin layer of clear dish soap.

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Soak the item in warm water (if the clothing label permits it, otherwise cold is fine) and rub the stain out with your fingers.

Soak the item in warm water (if the clothing label permits it, otherwise cold is fine) and rub the stain out with your fingers.

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When you’re done working the stain out, refill a plastic tub with clean water and let it soak for at least an hour.

When you're done working the stain out, refill a plastic tub with clean water and let it soak for at least an hour.

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Come back later to a peanut butter–free garment!

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Blot the stain first with a paper towel to absorb any excess sauce.

Blot the stain first with a paper towel to absorb any excess sauce.

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Next, saturate the stain with white vinegar and use a cotton swab to work the vinegar into the stain.

Next, saturate the stain with white vinegar and use a cotton swab to work the vinegar into the stain.

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Pour about a tablespoon of clear liquid laundry detergent onto the stain.

Pour about a tablespoon of clear liquid laundry detergent onto the stain.

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Finally, rub the stain out with your fingers in a tub of cold water and rinse clean under a faucet.

Finally, rub the stain out with your fingers in a tub of cold water and rinse clean under a faucet.

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Boom! No more soy sauce.

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This one’s a breeze. First, scrape the jelly off with a butter knife.

This one's a breeze. First, scrape the jelly off with a butter knife.

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Then, lay the item flat over a plastic tub, stain-side up.

Then, lay the item flat over a plastic tub, stain-side up.

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Next, pour a pot of boiling water about a foot away from the stain and watch as it magically disappears! (Just be sure to keep your distance from the water so you don’t burn yourself.)

Next, pour a pot of boiling water about a foot away from the stain and watch as it magically disappears! (Just be sure to keep your distance from the water so you don't burn yourself.)

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*Note: If the label on the item of clothing directs you to wash it in cold water, skip the boiling-water trick and instead create a mixture of white vinegar and dish soap, then gently rub into the stain. Wash as directed when you’re done.

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Fold the item of clothing so that the gum is facing outwards and place it inside a freezer bag.

Fold the item of clothing so that the gum is facing outwards and place it inside a freezer bag.

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The plastic freezer bag will protect the item of clothing from getting anything inside the freezer onto it.

Place the bag into the freezer and let sit for several hours.

Place the bag into the freezer and let sit for several hours.

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After the gum is frozen solid, scrape it off with a butter knife.

After the gum is frozen solid, scrape it off with a butter knife.

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If small pieces of gum are left behind, go back and scrape some more. If they aren’t lifting, place the item back into the freezer bag and inside the freezer, then scrape again after a few hours.

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Cover the stain in a thin layer of clear dish soap.

Cover the stain in a thin layer of clear dish soap.

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Next, pour some white vinegar on top of the dish soap.

Next, pour some white vinegar on top of the dish soap.

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Rub the mixture into the stain thoroughly.

Rub the mixture into the stain thoroughly.

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Finally, rinse the stain out by either soaking it in cold water or running it under the faucet.

Finally, rinse the stain out by either soaking it in cold water or running it under the faucet.

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Buh-bye, orange juice!

See, laundry isn’t so bad, is it?

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