8 Great Tips to Get Rid of Stains from Your Jeans

We’ve all owned several pairs of jeans.

We’ve all been too lazy to wash them when necessary.

And we’ve all spilt something or the other on our jeans that we’ve always found impossible to get rid of…

Until now.

If you’re a clumsy person who often ends up staining his or her jeans, then here are fantastic tips to remove stains from jeans with little to no effort.

How to Remove Stains from Jeans

1. Blot, Blot, Blot

Scrubbing is a big no, especially if your stain is oil based. Scrubbing the stain is simply gonna spread it over a bigger surface area of your jeans, which is gonna be a bigger headache for you to clean up later on. It is always advised to instead use an old handkerchief, towel or blotting paper to dab on your stain till said cloth (or paper) absorbs as much of the stain that it can. Or, you can always>

2. Use Talcum Powder

It can easily soak up the grease left behind from your French fries, or the oil you spilt on your clothes while cooking. Simply take a teaspoon of powder, and sprinkle it all over your stain. Add more if the stain is visible. And now that the stain is sitting under a mountain of talc, set it aside. After 15 minutes or so, brush away the talc. You will find a white crust formed on your stain, which you can easily remove with your finger nails, car keys or even loose change lying in your purse. If you feel some oil is left behind, add more powder and repeat the steps mentioned above.

Then rinse your jeans like you normally would.

3. White Vinegar

When working on how to remove stains from jeans, remember to always use the undiluted version whenever removing stains. Sweat, blood, ink, vomit, mustard or grass stains – all can be removed easily by white vinegar. All you have to do is pour enough vinegar on the stain to cover it entirely, and let your garment soak the vinegar for 15 minutes maximum. Use a dry sponge to absorb whatever vinegar remains on your garment. Then wash your clothes in your washing machine as you normally would

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4. Aspirin Tablets

If you don’t have white vinegar in your kitchen, then ground up aspirin tablets will work just as fine for you. They may not work on all stains that can be removed by white vinegar, but hey, something is better than nothing. Use the ground up tablets and add enough water to it to make a thick paste. Apply it to the stained area, leave alone for an hour and then wash your clothes like you normally would.

5. Coca Cola

If you’ve got rust or blood stains on your fav pair of jeans, don’t worry! Simply by adding a can of coke to your normal amount of detergent to your washing machine, dump your jeans in it and let the machine do its magic. However, in order to get better results, use at least 1 other method mentioned here (except the talcum powder method).

6. Rubbing Alcohol for Ink Stains

If you have fresh ink stains on your jeans, don’t worry. Rubbing alcohol will come to your rescue! Just take a clean cotton ball, dip it in alcohol and start dabbing it lightly on the ink stain. The stain will start to thin and once your cotton ball has absorbed enough amount of ink, switch to a new cotton ball. When you’re done, add a half teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent (mild) to the area, dab and let it sit aside for 10-15 minutes. Then wash as usual.

7. Dairy Stains

Now since these stains are organic in nature and composed primarily of proteins, then how to remove stains from jeans? Needless to say, the manner in which they are to be handled is different. If a stain is old then the first thing you need to do is to scrape off the crust that has formed over it. After that, the process of removing fresh or old stains is the same:

  • Pour enzyme presoak or detergent into ice cold water, mix in a mug and put the stained portion of your jeans into the water. Let it sit there for 3-4 hours at least. Then wash in warm water. If the stain isn’t completely removed, wash it once more. If it still remains, add a little fabric safe bleach to your washing cycle.

The same steps can be used for coffee stains (except, there's no need for an enzyme presoak). As for washing, simply wash your jeans on your machine’s hottest setting.

8. Shampoo

Keep in mind this won’t usually work with shampoos meant for damaged hair or mild shampoos in general. If you accidentally stained your jeans with a makeup item, all you have to do is lather some shampoo on said stain. This works perfectly with oil based makeup items like foundations or concealers, as shampoo is able to cut through those oils and break those stains apart.

For stubborn stains, opt for shaving cream or dish detergent to cut through the oils of the makeup. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes on the stain, rub it in with a little toothbrush for added measure, and then wash your jeans normally.

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