Tips and Advice from Kidzsignments

Stain Removal Tips from Kidzsignments

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


  • Fresh stains are the easiest to treat, of course, but even the older more established spots can sometimes be removed. 
  • Laundry stains on washable fabric: Combine equal parts of water, liquid dishwashing detergent and ammonia in a small bowl.  Start with small proportions, as it does not keep for longer than a day or so.  Use an old toothbrush to rub the solution onto the stain, and launder as usual.
    • Loose dyes in the wash? There are new disposable sheets called “Color
      Catchers” by Shout that you simply put in your washer and launder with clothes as usual to keep your clothes looking crisp and free from those pinkish edges. This will work for all colors.  You can find this at most grocery or mass merchandise chains.
    • Hot water may work great for Kool-Aid and Jell-O type stains.  Rinse and soak as needed.
    • Tide Stain Sticks are handy and work well on fresh stains.
    • Clorox Bleach Pen: Is a good spot remover on white fabrics.
    • Goop applied liberally to stain and then allowed to sit works well.  Put it in your regular wash.  This is an inexpensive product to try on fabrics that have been washed with crayon.
    • Biz is great for soaking all kinds of stains loose.  Just soak in the sink then wash as directed in the washer.
    • Did you know that you could try Tilex? This product normally found in the bathroom will work on white clothes with mildew stains?  It is a bleaching product, so beware and use carefully.  On white clothes, just spray on the stain and let sit, simply rinsing if you see blue spots appear.  Using Tilex on colored clothes should really be a last resort as bleach spots are easy to cause.
    • OxyClean in warm/hot water works well (I sometimes microwave the water to get it extremely hot). Or make a paste with warm water and apply directly to the stain with a toothbrush. Allow this to sit for at least an hour. Rinse in warm water and reapply if necessary. Soak in a sink of warm water and dissolved Oxy Clean crystals for an hour or so before washing in warm water. This has gotten many stains out for me, but can take more than 1 application.


  • Oops is a latex paint remover that has worked well to remove stains, marks and stickers from of plastic toys.  Test the toy if the plastic is thin, but most thicker plastic toys such as Little Tikes will do well.  This will also take crayon off of chalkboards without damaging the finish! Remember to wear rubber gloves! Find this product at Wal-Mart and most hardware stores.
  • Shoes and laces: You can make your shoes look better by using a spray solution on scuff marks. You should be able to find this solution at a local shoe store.   
  • Soak your white laces in Biz and your shoes will look 80% better!
  • Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser works wonders on plastic toys. Test an small area on the toy first before using all over.

Disclaimer:  Kidzsignments is in no way endorsing the use of any of the above products (name brands) or methods. These are tips used by myself and other individuals that have worked. Follow manufacturer instructions for use and check the care label of your garments. We are in no way liable for damage done to any piece of merchandise as a result of the use of tips on our website

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