How to Remove Old Stains From Clothes[Analyzed!]

To keep your clothes in better condition, you might know how to remove old stains. That’s why you must know how to remove stains without harming items.

However, finding those tricks or hacks over the internet isn’t easy. Hence, read this article and improve the longevity of your dress.

Let’s start. First, we’ll discuss types of stains, followed by required materials and the right approaches.

Types of stains

oil stain on a t-shirt
Understand the different stain types.

First of all, you must understand the different stain types. From our experience, we’ve identified four basic types of stains that you may encounter. Naturally, stains can be organic or inorganic. In other words, we can classify stains are as follows:

  • Organic stains; are created from living organisms, like grass stains, blood, coffee, tea, or red wine. 
  • Inorganic stains; are created from substances like ink, machine dust or solvents.
  • Oily organic stains; are created from food items like sweet or barbecue sauce.
  • Oily inorganic stains; are created from cosmetics items like lipstick.

Old Stain removing materials

A Bottle of vinegar with brush.
Baking soda and vinegar are two powerful stain-removers.

If you’ve to deal with old stains, try unique techniques for various fabrics. That’s why, collect different types of materials, like-

Removing old stains from clothes

We’ve found the best techniques to remove all stains types. However, most stains, even stubborn old stains, can be removed with hard work or little perseverance. 

Removing old non-greasy stains

For non-greasy stains, use vinegar, a well-known material for its stain removal power. It contains Acetic acid, which helps to dissolve dirt or other deposits. In addition, baking soda is a strong material like vinegar.


  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Laundry detergent
  • Bucket


  • Pour a few drops of white vinegar and saturate the affected area.
  • Sprinkle a sufficient amount of baking soda over that area and softly rub the paste into your item.
  • Now, leave the cloth for 30 minutes to let vinegar and baking soda work.
  • Rinse the other side of stain zones with cold water for several minutes.
  • Add vinegar to the spot again.
  • Prepare a bucket with a gallon of water.
  • Mix ½ cup of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of laundry detergent to water in the bucket.
  • Soak the fabric in bucket and leave it overnight.

Removing old barbecue sauce stains

tomato sauce bottle
You may spill sauce on your pant.

Old stains like barbeque sauce can be tough to clean once set in. However, peroxide (bleaching agent) and dish soap effectively remove this stain. 


  • Peroxide
  • Dish soap


  • Make a solution with 1 part dish soap and 2 parts peroxide.
  • Apply this mixture to the stained area.
  • Rub the area and leave it the whole night.
  • Rinse and wash the fabrics.
  • Lastly, repeat the process if you aren’t satisfied with the result.

Removing old grease/oily stains

Oily stains are much harder to remove if they are old. But baking soda is very effective, specifically for oily/grease old stains. To remove oily stains, follow the instructions below.


  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Warm water
  • Coldwater
  • Washer


  • Add 1 tablespoon of glycerin and dish soap to 1.5 cups of warm water.
  • Soak the stained area with this solution.
  • Leave cloth for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Lastly, add 1 tablespoon of baking soda to the load and wash with cold water. 
  • Lastly, air dry clothes in the open air using a clothesline.

Removing old gum, tea and coffee stains

hot coffee in a cup.
Use Acetone to remove old gum, coffee, or tea stains.

Acetone isn’t just a nail polish remover. Surprisingly, it’s a wonderful stain remover too. So, if your cloth has old gum, coffees, or tea stains, use Acetone. However, it may fade clothes. So, be careful.


  • Acetone


  • First of all, add Acetone to a piece of white cloth.
  • Rub Acetone to stain areas and continue rubbing until stains are gone.
  • After removing stains fully, hand wash clothes or use washer.

Removing old curry stains


  • Glycerin
  • Water
  • Laundry detergent
  • Hydrogen peroxide


  • Rub the stained areas with glycerin.
  • Leave the stained item for around 5 minutes.
  • Use cold water to rinse the affected area.
  • Add laundry detergent to washer and wash clothes using a normal cycle.
  • If stains still exist, make a mixture with 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 9 parts water.
  • Now, soak your item in this solution and leave it there for around half an hour.
  • Rinse and wash with cold water.
  • Lastly, air dry clothes.

Removing old red wine stains

Red wine is in glasses.
Hydrogen peroxide works great against red wine stains.


  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Washing-up liquid
  • Soft cloth
  • Coldwater
  • Hot water


  • Make a mixture with equal parts of washing-up liquid and hydrogen peroxide.
  • Rub the mixture into stained zones using a soft cloth or hands.
  • Leave your cloth for 30 minutes to let materials work.
  • Rinse the stained areas with warm water.
  • Again, soak the stained areas in hot water for another 30 minutes.
  • At last, wash your cloth with cold water and air dry it.

Removing old ink stains


  • Hand sanitiser
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hairspray
  • Cotton ball
  • Laundry detergent
  • Baking soda


  • Add hand sanitiser, hairspray, or rubbing alcohol directly to stain marks.
  • Blot the stains using cotton balls. Use several balls to remove ink completely out of clothes.
  • Add baking soda and detergent and wash clothes using a normal cycle. Use the hottest possible temperature that your garment can endure. 

Attack the stains!

Now, you know how to remove old stains from your clothes perfectly. Stains are normal. So, don’t be upset if you accidentally spill sauce on your denim. Instead, use this short guide and solve your problem.

If you still have questions in your mind, don’t hesitate to let me know.

Lastly, stay happy and stay stain-free.



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