How to Remove Stains From Clothes At Home Better Than The Dry Cleaner


Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette!
In today’s video, we’re going to be discussing a set of techniques that are
absolutely vital for keeping your clothes in wearable condition as long as
possible, how to remove any type of stain you might encounter. This video is part
of a series on garment care; the previous installments in the series dealt with
how to remove the musty smell from vintage clothing how to wash and
maintain wool sweaters and some cheap and easy laundry hacks, you can find
those videos by clicking the banners at the right. Today’s video is the final
part in this series and as we mentioned at the top, it covers stain removal. No
matter how careful a man may be in his day-to-day life with his clothes, the
occasional stain is inevitable whether it be from a plate of spaghetti and
impromptu tire change on the side of the road or really any time spent with a
toddler, you’re bound to encounter a tough stain at some point. Fortunately,
however, stain removal doesn’t have to be a chore or involve the dry cleaner. As
long as you understand some basic chemistry you’ll be all set. To begin,
here’s a breakdown of the four basic types of stains you’re generally going
to encounter. Stains can be organic or inorganic in nature and from there can
be oily or not. In other words, the four types of stains are organic, inorganic,
oily organic, and oily inorganic. As examples of each of these, stains from
living organisms including plants are considered organic, things like grass
stains, blood, or red wine. Meanwhile, stains from manmade materials are
inorganic, things like ink, solvents, or machine dust. Oily organics are things
like barbecue sauce or sweat stains and oily inorganics are generally cosmetics
like lipstick. With that said, there are a few exceptions as far as treatment is
concerned. Coffee and tea are treated like inorganics, for example. For such
exceptions and really for any case, it never hurts
to do a little bit of searching on the web but in general, here are the best
techniques we’ve found for getting rid of all of these different types of
stains. First, standard organic stains are best treated with hot water and a
substance that’s commonly marketed as bleach alternative. Bleach alternative
and oxygen bleach are marketing names for a substance that’s scientifically
known as sodium percarbonate or SPC for short. It’s the active ingredient in
cleaners like Oxiclean but whereas those types of commercial cleaners
usually contain fillers, SPC is most effective in its pure form. Here’s a
related point as long as we’re talking about bleach alternative, never use
conventional chlorine bleach on your clothes again. Not for stains and not for
whitening. Most white clothes are actually treated with agents referred to
as optical whiteners or optical brighteners. Chlorine bleach, in addition
to being harmful to the body if ingested or with prolonged contact, can also
remove these optical whiteners from clothing actually making them look less
white and can damage the fibers of clothes over time. So bleach alternative
or SPC as we’ll refer to it throughout the rest of the video is the way to go.
For treatment of an organic stain, start by laying a towel down on your work
surface. Actually, for any of the types of stains we’re about to cover, putting down
a clean towel is a good idea. Next, add a bit of SPC, we used about 1/2 capful to a
basin of hot water and stir to completely dissolve it. Then, thoroughly
wet the stained area of the garment in question with the hot water and SPC
mixture. Lay the garment flat on the towel and gently blot at the stain with
a clean cotton cloth, wash cloth, or towel. You can also use a garment safe stain
brush on most fabrics as we’re doing here. The exceptions to this being wool
and silk, because these fabrics are often more delicate, we’ll cover them
separately later on in the video. After pre
treating your stain this way, it can be washed as normal in your machine and if
you’d like, you can also add a bit more SPC directly to the drum of the machine
during the wash process. Next, standard inorganic stains like ink are best
removed by the use of a solvent. Rubbing alcohol or more technically isopropyl
alcohol is best here. Although you can also use different substances like plain
vodka. Applying the alcohol to the stain with a spray bottle works well after
which point it can be gently blotted. Then wash as normal and as before, you
can add some SPC to the machine if you’d like. All oily stains whether they’re
organic or inorganic in nature are best treated by first dealing with the oil. As
oils often surround other staining substances, we’ll be looking at these
stains sort of like a stain sandwich that is oil layer, stain layer, oil layer.
To remove the first oil layer, fill a spray bottle with a solution of 50
percent white vinegar and 50 percent water. Spray the oil layer of the stain
and then blot. Actually, using a stain brush may work best here. Next, apply a
bit of water along with laundry detergent or better yet soap flakes and
scrub again to deal with the main stain layer and for the final oil layer, spray
again with your water and vinegar solution and blot or scrub a final time.
To finish here, you guessed it! Wash as normal with optional SPC. Finally, in this
section, we’re going to pay special attention to sweat stains as they’re
often a combination of oily organics and the aluminum found in many commercial
antiperspirants. They’re best treated with a combination of SPC and a stain
solution. Apply a few drops of the stain solution to the sweat stain then add a
pinch of SPC, you should create a paste with either your finger or your stain
brush. Let this paste sit for at least 20 minutes or longer if you prefer and then
rinse it out with hot water. In fact, boiling water poured
from a teakettle works best here then wash as normal with optional SPC. Here’s
a related tip to prevent stains from returning to these garments, you can
spray the affected areas with your vinegar and water solution before
washing them as normal in your machine. So what about treating stains on wool
and silk garments? As we said earlier, these types of garments are usually more
delicate in nature so you won’t want to apply SPC to them directly or scrub them
with a stain brush. For these fabrics, it’s best to pre-soak for a little while
in water with a bit of stain solution and then wash as normal. Of course, these
garments, if placed in a washing machine, should be individually and tightly
packed in mesh washing bags. You can add a bit of SPC to the drum of the machine
while washing if you’d like since the low concentration and minimal direct
contact won’t be overly abrasive. For more information on washing silk wool
and other delicate fabrics, you can take some tips from our previous video on
washing sweaters here. Here are a few final tips for today.
Whichever stain type and consequential removal method you’re dealing with, know
that you shouldn’t expect to see a complete clearing up of the stain as
you’re scrubbing it. Rather aim for about an 80% reduction in stain visibility and
then machine wash, the rest should come out. As we said in our sweater video,
washing on warm and with the express setting should be sufficient for most
garments and you can always add a little bit of SPC to the drum if you so choose.
Finally, it may well be that a given stain isn’t solely one type of the
stains we’ve covered here today. Therefore, if you’ve tried one removal
method and the stain hasn’t completely come out, just try one or more of the
other removal methods and you should ultimately be successful. As an example
of having to use multiple methods, we found both the fountain pen ink and the
lipstick that we used for demonstration purposes in
this video to be especially resilient. They didn’t come out with each of the
first methods we recommended so we used a few other methods to get them out. We
think that they got to about the 80% stain removal threshold we were looking
for and putting them through the washing machine should get the rest of the
stains out. With these techniques in your arsenal then, stains should no longer
pose a significant threat to you or your garments and you should be able to take
care of them completely from the comfort of your own home. As we said at the start
of the video, be sure to take a look at the three previous installments in this
laundry and garment care series here. Which of the techniques we laid out
today were you most surprised by and do you have any alternative techniques for
stain removal that we didn’t mention here? If so let us know in the comments
section below and as always don’t forget to subscribe to the Gentleman’s Gazette
YouTube channel and hit the little bell icon so these videos will come straight
to your inbox. in today’s video I’m wearing an outfit
that might be typically worn around the house taking a day to do a little bit of
necessary garment care my medium blue cardigan is especially informal given
its two front pockets I’m wearing it over a shirt from Charles Charles Tyrwhitt that
features a gingham pattern in blue and white the shirt does have French cuffs
but I’m wearing them configured in a barrel style today so that they fit
better under the sleeves of the sweater my cufflinks are vintage silver ones and
they feature a simple geometric pattern that complements the gingham pattern of
my shirt well my plain brown trousers harmonized
well with my shirt and cardigan and on that note you can check out our video on
how to effectively pair brown and blue here to go along with this color scheme
my socks are plain blue in color but they do feature a subtle stripe in their
weave the outfit today is rounded out by my dark oxblood penny loafers which are
informal in nature and also harmonize well color wise I’m not really wearing
very many accessories today aside from the vintage cufflinks but if you’d like
to take a look at some other types of accessories
cuff links as well as tie pins collar clips
boutonnieres pocket squares and so on just take a look at the Fort Belvedere
shop here

92 thoughts on “How to Remove Stains From Clothes At Home Better Than The Dry Cleaner

  1. This type of videos are very important in our life.Raphael, I think you should do a video about improving handwriting.

  2. Very nice! That is very similar to my own sweat stain removal method! Great work!

  3. Mean Green is extremely effective on oil type stains. It should help with the ink stain.

  4. Very informative video. It would be helpful if you guys could make a video about products to use from laundry to bathing. Such as what shampoo, conditioner, lotion, etc to use that is both environmentally friendly and good for your body, and where to buy them. Also is there a place where you can buy SPC in bulk that is not contained in plastic containers? As I try to avoid plastics.

  5. I love your channel!
    I discovered it in July/August of 2018, and literally didn’t sleep the day I discovered your channel just to watch it.
    Sven has a talent for dressing.

  6. I have had the chance to see your first video on the channel very early when it came out. Can't quite remember your looks perfectly, however as a matter of fact I do notice some changes in your face, that being your jaw standing much wider and your muscles around lips stand out perfectly. A man is very lucky to look this masculine, and it's a goal of most men at some point of their lives too. Could you please, kindly tell us how you probably achieved that. Did you do facial exercises, did you do mewing and correcting your tongue posture? Those are the possibilities I have seen, and bonesmashing/Wolff's law.

  7. great video. in addition to this, i'd like to say that oily stains such as from food disappear like a charm with some dish washing soap directly on the stain and baking soda on top. let it sit for a bit and then just toss it in the washer. saved a couple a pair of jeans this way.

  8. Thank you, guys! I work as a barista, and stains are a part of everyday life for me. You can be splashed with steamed milk, espresso, brewed coffee, tea, refresher bases, mocha sauce, and a myriad of different syrups. Thankfully, most of these blotches and stains end up on my apron. This is much appreciated :).

  9. How about TSP (trisodiumphosphate) I read that it is still in commercial detergents.

  10. I have a record of ruining fabrics by rubbing them with a brush in the process of stain removal. The fibers get frizzy and fragile. Any tips on that please?

  11. Thanks & I will watch this every time I need to tackle a stain 🤘🏼😎

  12. Good morning. Great presentation as always.

    I have found ammonia to remove fountain pen ink. Just be careful as can remove color. I treat with 1:10 diluted, then put the single garment in the wash using fast wash cycle with ammonia. After which, ready to wash with the others.

    I use a Purex Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar for stains usually first, finding removes most, then go to other methods. I go by the idea to go from least drastic to most drastic.

  13. No offense but I don't think your daughter is getting enough food! She looks a little underweight!

  14. If there is a song that describes this channel perfectly this one would be It: https://youtu.be/fHU9E14II5M

  15. When you're a lady but you still sub because the videos are good and helpful and the guys are handsome😄🌺

  16. Welcomeback to gentleman’s gazette. In today’s video , I have a borrowed the shirt from Raphael. 😁😁😁.
    Who noticed else?

  17. Preston is finally not washed out by the lighting. I don't know if the lighting changed or it's the change of season, but it's right, now.

  18. Preston is the Walter White of stain removal. Helpful tips as always. My tip to avoid stains, wear a jacket over your suit or shirt while eating.

  19. I've done as you recommended for my silk ties, trying both light applications of solvents and SPC with no vigorous or direct rubbing. However, each method has ruined those ties, draining the dye and/or spreading the stain.

    Any recommendations for silk ties in particular?

    At this point I'm inclined to fork over the money to a dry cleaner. I've lost more than a decade's worth of tie cleaning bills trying to clean my ties myself.

  20. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. NO. Never EVER EVER put hot water on blood stains, or any protein stains. That just cooks the stain into the garment and you'll never get it out. COLD water soak, at least an hour, then handwash the stain out, THEN launder it with hot water if you feel it's necessary. Please take my word for this – I'm a woman. Believe me, we know from bloodstains. (Think a minute. It'll come to you.)

  21. You guys should do a video for how to have clothes tailored. I think this was mentioned in a “how pants should fit”

  22. Hello Preston. Well I watched this video with an open mind, and I feel you did very well.
    I would advise you to relax more. But you did well in the explanations of the procedures, and products. I have issues with my pillow cases staining from oil and sweat so I will try using your advice. Thank you.

  23. I use Zote and it takes care of most stains. I'm going to try the vinegar on the next obviously oily stain. Thank you!

  24. What if a wool trouser, like a suit pants, is stained? You suggest to put it in the washing machine ?

  25. Hey Preston I'd like to say a big thank you for the reminder about the alternate configuration of the french cuff. I'm currently on a journey to Finland by coach in a somewhat casual outfit; french cuff dress shirt with camel hair cable knit cardigan and high rise trousers. It's very hot anf stuffy on the coach, so I've had to remove my tie and roll up my sleeves. I was regretting my choice of french cuffs because they ruined the silhouette of the sleeves of the cardigan. But then you reminded me of the variation of the french cuff towards the end of this video, and I feel so much more confortable, and confident in my outfit now. All these little reminders within the videos are wonderful. Thank you so much for the small things, that make such a difference, and provide comfort in one's outfit.

  26. medium blue?
    why don't you or raphael do garment care in shorts and tee or shirtless? since you are at home anyway.
    putting on a decent outfit will have the risks of damage/stains etc when working around the house.

  27. Really enjoyed the video. What is a good UK version of stain solution I can buy?

  28. Thanks for your hard work. Pointed steamer worked well for me for removing upholstery stains.

  29. For underarm stains from anti-perspirant I’ve used a liquid concentrate version of tri-sodium phosphate or TSP. It is mainly a degreaser but used in combination with a stain remover like “Shout” or something similar sprayed directly on the inner side of the undershirt and scrubbed with a brush works right before your eyes, literally!!!!

    I have also use borax powder but my go to is TSP spray and Shout together sprayed heavily onto the affected areas.

    This also works great with “ring around the collar”

  30. It is hard to believe that ink stain actually came out! It would have been nice to see the final product. Great video, as usual.

  31. Fountain pen ink does not contain oil. It's water, inorganic dye or pigment, and flow improvers. Getting it out depends on if it also has permanency agents, such as iron or chemicals that bond the pigment to cellulose. So some inks will come out of wool, but not cotton, since wool has no cellulose content. Pigmented inks embed particles in the fibers, and can be hard to remove as well. They also don't bleach. Standard dye inks can usually be removed from any fiber since the dyes are water soluble, and respond to bleaching.

  32. I find what works best for all nature of stains is to hand the offending garment to my valet, Barker. Garments appear back in my wardrobe stain free and neatly pressed.

  33. Unset Oil? Use Dawn!
    I’m unsure what is in it but I find the original Dawn dish detergent extremely effective on oily stains that have not set. Other dish detergents don’t seem to work as well. Hot water and lots of it is needed. However I found it problematic when spotting a garment on the go. Imagine a drop of Dawn on oily water… the oil is pushed away by the dawn. The effect on a garment is a larger (albeit lighter) ring of stain. You must be able to subsequently immerse the entire article.

  34. For oily stains I prefer Dawn Dish washing liquid let sit for a few days. Oily tomato sauce stains are the hardest to get out

  35. I hereby request a video on the importance of blinking and not looking like a Laura Bush Terminator.

  36. How long is too long to be able to effectively get rid of stains? I have some work shirts which could do with treating, but after many attempts with the washing machine I've given up

  37. Hello Preston, Some stains, as you already know, do not want to come completely clean. For some of these times, after cleaning there would be a very distinct border or contrast between light and dark and look terrible. By just adding a small and weaker ring of a similar stain at the edge of contrasting colors, it would sort-of blend the original stain area. The result is a smoother transition to the color of the item. When the cleaning is complete, the mild change is not nearly as noticeable. This will take some trial and error practice but does work.

  38. For tough stains that prove to be quite challenging, doing a 10 to 20 min soak in hydrogen peroxide works wonders on both organic and inorganic stains with or without oil in the stain.

  39. I'll definitely be trying these out next time i need to do this again. which happens all the time on the road traveling.
    wow 3 weeks has already passed since i first put this vid in my watch later!

  40. These tips are very useful. The most powerful tip is to believe on Jesus. Jesus is The Lord.

  41. Felsnaptha is a bar laundry soap. Excellent for oil stains. Found in laundry section of Walmart and even some grocery stores. Also Unicorn Fiber brand Power Scour ( Power scour strongest but they also have basic gentle fiber wash and fiber conditioner)is liquid enzymatic low temp wash and stain treatment for wools for also for most fabrics. Got grimy wool tshirt clean by soaking overnight in Power Scour then washed. As professional handspinner I use Unicorn fiber brand a lot. Also Felsnaptha is great and cheap. I think about $1.

    Also, wearing an undershirt will go a long way to keep garments less stained. This is the vintage way.

  42. I like the "80s yuppie" method of minor strain removal for expensive bespoke suits:

     Throw it in the trash and buy a new one.

  43. This guys gives this humanoid android vibe! You feel like his face is gonna open and shape a canon and just obliterate our a$$!

  44. The CGI these days… He's almost real… I like living in the future

  45. I was most amazed that the big, bad ink stain was actually removable! Also, if I understand you correctly, even when you've washed the item and some or all of the stain remains, it's still possible to keep trying. I've always heard that if you wash it, that might set the stain. Thank you for these informative and helpful videos!

  46. What brand of stain cleaner was that and where do you buy it???? Also what stores carry sodium perchlorate? Wal-Mart?

  47. Hi any tips how to remove colored stains (particularly blue) from white printed polyester shirt?

  48. This doesn't work especially the ink removal part. I tried it with alcohol and the ink stain just spread on the white cloth, making it worse and unwearable. Better to just paint the ink stained part with white color. I also tried the vinegar with organic stain and it doesn't work if it took long (weeks) before you remove the stain.

  49. Interesting side note,

    If you buy vintage detachable collars like I have, you can whiten them with bleach alternative or oxyclean.

    I have almost a half dozen now and they are are pure white after a few treatments

  50. Hmmmm,to much work,I need something fast and easy 😒😒🤷 thanks for the advice ☺️

  51. You're like a dude straight out of the 50's. 😂😂😂😂
    Cool video! I hope this stuff actually works!

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