How to Remove Common Stains

I’m just going to come out and say it; sometimes I can be just plain clumsy. Unfortunately, it always seems to happen when I have a drink in my hand, or I am holding a bottle of sauce. These situations used to result in stains all over the home, but with a few tips which I will share below, these common stains became a thing of the past.

Before we start, it is important to remember that you should never rub a stain. This will only make the stain worse. Instead, always gently blot from the outside in.

Red Wine

First up it’s the always enjoyable to drink, and never enjoyable to clean, red wine!


  • When the spill occurs, either on your carpet or your outfit, reach for the table salt.

  • Cover the entire stain with salt and let it sit for about an hour.

  • The salt will work to absorb most of the red wine stain.

  • Once it has finished, blot a little club soda over what is left to lift out any remaining stain.

  • If you spilled the stain over wooden floors, be sure to use a gentle floor cleaner so that you don’t take off any polish.


Next, it’s the always messy chocolate. Whether it’s cake, a chocolate bar, or even hot chocolate, while the taste is good, the stain is sour.

  • Start by gently scraping away as much of the chocolate as you can.

  • Run the material under cold water or soda water (preferable if you can)

  • Once the majority of the stain has been removed, use a few drops or liquid dishwashing detergent and some warm water to gently agitate the stain until it lifts

  • Once the stain is removed, rinse with cold water and then put in your regular wash


If you are like me and get a bit jittery after a few cups of coffee, then you likely have coffee stains on your sleeves.

  • Lay out the stain over a clean towel

  • Sprinkle active laundry powder or baking soda over the stain

  • Dip a separate clean towel in warm, clean water and gently agitate the stain

  • Once the stain has been removed, rinse the garment with cold water and place for regular washing.

When removing chocolate or coffee, it is important to remember that it may not work the first time, and may only lift most of the stain. If this occurs, don’t be afraid to try two of three times until you are satisfied with the results.

I may have only been able to help you with three stains, but for me, they are the most common. I hope they help you stay fashion forward and stain free!


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