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Post a Stain First-Aid Chart

Knowing how to tackle a spot or spill is the first step toward removing it. To create a handy reference for treating the most stubborn stains, color-print the stain-removal chart, slide it into a clear plastic sleeve (available at office-supply stores), and place it in a clamp hanger. Suspend the hanger from a hook in your laundry area. The next time you find yourself facing a stained garment, just look up and follow the instructions.

Comments (21)

  • cindymcgregory1973 28 Jun, 2014

    My mother in law had complications from surgery & bled out on her bed at home. She is a very neat & tidy woman. So while my husband was at the hospital with his mother, I came to her house to clean up so when she got home it would be clean! So I turned to Martha's stain chart & her chart saved the day!! Her bedding & gown was back to normal & ready for her when she got home! And knowing that she could rest without worry of her bedding was a relief to us all!! Thank you Martha & your staff!

  • Scotts3750 23 Jan, 2014

    Does anyone know how to remove grease stains from silk turtlenecks?

  • NursemUrsem 28 Jul, 2012

    For this mildew solution: what water temp? Is 2nd wash repeating the Borax+detergent+vinegar, or just detergent, or rinse-only cycle?

  • CarmenORiordan 19 Aug, 2011

    Ha, I just successfully removed wet black mold from clothing that was flooded over the summer while my son was away from his college residence. After much research, I found a wonderful solution. To a load of clothes add 1 cup of Borax, 1 cup of Arm and Hammer detergent w Oxyclean and 2 cups of white vinegar. Run clothes thru a 2nd wash to remove any remaining residue. Good Luck!!!

  • zingercat 14 Aug, 2011

    Are there any ideas on mildew stain removal, or is that a lost cause so left off the chart?

  • debra_rose 14 Aug, 2011

    I love this stain chart. I've had it hanging in my laundry room for years!

  • metis 14 Aug, 2011

    I'm going to try to come up with a travel version of this to keep in my suitcase. It's especially annoying to ruin your clothes when you're on the road. Obviously one could not bring along the needed cleaning supplies but most of them would be obtainable from a restaurant, the hotel, local friends etc.

  • mrn1 29 Aug, 2010

    Regarding the need to stretch the material in order to treat the stain, an embroidery hoop is an excellent way to stretch material and since they come in all sizes and are adjustable they work on pretty much anything.

  • LizaWass 24 Aug, 2010

    for coffee, tea and fruit ONLY: stretch the fabric out and pour boiling water straight through the fabric. It helps if you have two people, but laying the fabric in the sink also works.

  • LizaWass 24 Aug, 2010

    for coffee, tea and fruit ONLY: stretch the fabric out and pour boiling water straight through the fabric. It helps if you have two people, but laying the fabric in the sink also works.

  • Alwaysonthego 24 Aug, 2010

    Also, I have found that hydrogen peroxide removes blood. Saturate the stain with a cotton ball and lightly rub it in and the stain will start to disappear.....then wash as usual.

  • MGee45 24 Aug, 2010

    Jugtree, try this link for starters for fabric care labels:

  • tracram 24 Aug, 2010

    gsmasek, Try using DAWN dishwashing liquid. It breaks down the enzymes and just about gets ANYTHING out. I have not personally tried it on cat urine however. Hope it works.

  • SarahfromCanada 29 Aug, 2009

    Hey Jugtree, I found this page on fabric care symbols...

  • elskbrev 29 Aug, 2009

    miracledebtor, There's a product called "kwick n kleen" that can remove just about anything, including permanent magic marker. Might be worth a try on hair dye stains.

  • elskbrev 29 Aug, 2009

    gsmasek, Try soaking it for hours in an oxy solution or a BIZ solution and a liquid detergent.

  • gsmasek 28 Aug, 2009

    how do i get cat pee out of jeans

  • Jugtree 28 Aug, 2009

    This is great, thanks.

    Now how about a char that shows what all the possible fabric care symbols mean. Some garments have colour coded symbols, others use a "dot" system "." , "..", "..." etc and yet others use whatever they feel like.

    Please post something to help with this one.

  • miracledebtor 16 Aug, 2008

    Now, if I could only find a stain chart that shows me how to remove peroxide and non-peroxide hair dye. That would be a BOON--thanks for the wonderful chart. I plan to use your wonderful idea here for my laundry room.

  • Cat_K 28 Feb, 2008

    Honestly, print this out for your kids/grandkids in college. I work in a Dorm and gave it to my residents. It cut down on our laundry room time and made life just a little easier.

  • BeeHappy 25 Feb, 2008

    I love it! I have been looking for a stain chart, thank you so much:)