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Getting rid of stains: the college edition

A laundry machine is pictured Feb. 24 in an apartment.
A laundry machine is pictured Feb. 24 in an apartment.

Moving out and going to college can be daunting and stressful. This means you will have to do your own laundry and get out those pesky stains. Here is a how-to guide to different everyday stains.

Grease, oil and lipstick

Start by rubbing baking soda and water into the stain and then rinse with cold water. If the stain is still there, rub with vinegar and scrub the stain with dish soap then rinse with cold water.

Coffee, tea, soft drinks and wine

Start by soaking the stain in vinegar and then scrub with a paste made out of baking soda and water. After, rinse with cold water.

Ink and paint

There are multiple ways to wash out ink and paint from clothes. You should choose only one of these methods.

  1. Rub with dishwashing liquid.
  2. Rub stain with acetone or nail polish remover.
  3. Rub stain with hairspray.

Mud

To loosen the stain, presoak the item in warm water mixed with detergent. If this does not completely remove the stain, wash it with white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide as necessary.

Food

Soak the stain in a mixture of dish soap and water.

Grass

Rub the stain with one part dishwasher soap and two parts hydrogen peroxide then rinse the stain in cold water.

Blood

Rinse with cold water and then clean the item in one cup of baking soda and one cup of hydrogen peroxide.

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