Joanna Gaines’ Brilliant Cleaning Tips For Removing 11 Common Stains

When it comes to the home, what can’t Joanna Gaines do? The Fixer Upper mogul has everything from shiplap to cooking to cleaning and everything in between covered. Speaking of cleaning, Joanna shared some brilliant cleaning tips for removing stains in the Summer 2018 issue of her magazine, Magnolia Journal.

From her number one “don’t” (page 4) to affordable stain removers you probably already have on hand (page 5), we share Magnolia’s guide to stain removal, plus how to remove 11 common stains, ahead.

1. Clean as soon as it happens

Ketchup or sauce stains.

Working quickly is first priority. | Kolidzei/iStock/Getty Images 

Don’t wait to remove a stain, instead try and clean it as soon as it happens. If you must wait, Joanna suggests keeping it damp until you can get to it.

Next: Where to start

2. Work from the back

scrubbing stains out of a garment

Scrub the stain from the back. | FotoDuets/iStock/Getty Images

One way to clean a stain is to treat it from the back using a soft nail brush or toothbrush to rub the markings out. Working from the back allows you to scrub out the stain without making it worse.

Next: Before removing a stain, check this.

3. Check the label

The cloth Label

The label will give you important information. | AndreyPopov/iStock/Getty Images

Another tip suggested in Magnolia Journal? Check the manufacturer’s label. Located on the side (typically near the waistline) of most shirts, this tag can provide insight into how a garment should be cleaned.

Next: Whatever you do, don’t do this.

4. Don’t dry it

womens clothing

Make sure the garment stays damp. | TanyaRu/iStock/Getty Images

One of the most important things to consider when removing a stain? Keep the material damp. According to Magnolia Journal, “dryer heat will set the stain permanently.”

Next: You don’t need fancy stain removal.

5. Use items found in your pantry

Baking soda and toothbrush

Baking soda is a cheap stain remover. | eskaylim/iStock/Getty Images

If you don’t want to spend money on expensive stain removers (who does?), Magnolia Journal suggests taking a look in your cupboard or pantry. You’ll be surprised to find that you already have quality stain removers used for other purposes. Some common household removers include: baking soda, vinegar, and peroxide.

Next: Joanna Gaines’ brilliant cleaning tips for removing 11 common stains.

6. Ink

Ink stain

Ink can be removed with hairspray. | larisa_zorina/iStock/Getty Images

If you find yourself face-to-face with an ink stain — insert horror movie music here! — don’t panic. According to Magnolia Journal, all it takes is a little hairspray to remove pen marks. Here’s how: “For white or light shirts, cover the stain with hairspray and the pen marks should come right off. (Test color fabrics before you proceed.) Rinse thoroughly to remove the stain, and wash.”

Next: Got pit stains? Read this.

7. Sweat

Sport man wearing T-shirt and sweating

Don’t fret, sweat can be removed. | iStock/Getty Images

Sweat may seem impossible to remove, but a little lemon juice, water, and salt can actually rinse your pit stains away. According to Magnolia Journal, you’ll want to mix equal parts water and lemon juice, then pour salt into the mix until a paste forms. Once you have your natural cleaning solution, add the mixture to the stain and rinse the manufacturer tag suggests.

Next: How to remove blood from clothing.

8. Blood

Bloodstains on a white sheet

Cold water is your friend. | irontrybex/iStock/Getty Images

Blood stains may be stubborn, but removing them is actually quite simple. According to Magnolia Journal, to remove blood stains you’ll want to “soak the stain in cold salt water for two hours, then dab with ammonia diluted with water to half strength.” This should lift and remove the stain with ease.

Next: This stain is tricky, but removable.

9. Lipstick

Lipstick stain

It’s a tough one, but it’s possible to remove. | JacqieDickens/iStock/Getty Images 

Lipstick stains require more work than sweat and blood, but the outcome is totally worth it. For lipstick stains, Magnolia Journal suggests blotting the marking with a paper towel first. Then, reverse the fabric and use rubbing alcohol to dab the back of the stain. After that, you’ll gently blot the stain with dish soap and massage the fabric until the lipstick is removed.

Next: Calling all wine lovers!

10. Wine

High Angle View Of Red Wine Spilled From Glass On Carpet

Start with club soda. | AndreyPopov/iStock/Getty Images

If you’re a red wine drinker, you know how easily it stains (hello red lips!). Luckily, there is a way to get pesky wine stains out of fabric. Magnolia Journal suggests first dabbing the red stain with a club soda soaked paper towel. Then, cover the area with salt and let it sit for a few minutes (until the salt absorbs all of the liquid). Next, pull the garment tightly across a sink or bucket and carefully pour boiling water over the stain from eight or more inches above. After that, you’ll want to wash the fabric on the highest setting the manufacturer tag allows.

Next: This one is perfect for kids.

11. Grass

Grass stain on jeans

It’s surprisingly easy to remove. | jumaydesigns/iStock/Getty Images

When you have kids, grass stains become a normal part of your routine. And, as it turns out, they’re actually really easy to remove. Magnolia Journal suggests mixing a 1:1 ratio of dish soap and hydrogen peroxide and scrubbing the area to lift the green and brown spots.

Next: Who hasn’t experienced this type of stain?

12. Coffee and tea

Spilled coffee creating a stain

Avoid letting the stain set. | iStock/Getty Images

There’s nothing worse than a coffee or tea stain — especially since they seem to always happen when we’re in a hurry or on our way to an important meeting. While they can be tricky to remove in-office, getting rid of a coffee or tea stain at home can be quite simple. All you need to do is dab the area with a little white vinegar and wash as normal.

Pro tip: Magnolia Journal also suggests pouring boiling water over the stain before it sets (much like you would with a wine stain).

Next: Collared shirts and makeup do not mix well.

13. Foundation makeup

foundation stain

An unfortunate surprise that can be remedied. | annadeba/iStock/Getty Images

 If you’ve stained your shirt with foundation or unknowingly purchased a stained shirt from Zara (been there, done that!), you’re in luck. Magnolia Journal says all you need is a few drops of hydrogen peroxide and some dish soap to remove the stain. Simply pour the peroxide on the area and use your fingers to work it in. Then, add some dish soap and massage before rinsing and washing as normal.

Next: This one’s for all the pasta lovers.

14. Tomato

Tomatto stains

It’s dangerous to wear white around tomato sauce. | TimArbaev/iStock/Getty Images

Pasta lovers know how much tomato sauce loves clothes (seriously, it’s like it just jumps out of the pot and onto our shirts!). That said, white vinegar loves tomato sauce. To remove any orange stains caused by your favorite Italian dishes, Magnolia Journal suggests pouring white vinegar onto the area and washing right away.

Next: Mascara, eyeliner, eyeshadow, oh my!

15. Eye makeup

Woman applying mascara on her eyelashes

Who knew shaving cream had cleaning power? | ValuaVitaly/iStock/Getty Images

Got eye makeup stains? Reach for a bottle of non-gel shaving cream, suggests Magnolia Journal. To remove eye makeup stains, simply apply the shaving cream to the area and gently massage it into the fabric. Once you’ve got that covered, let it dry before tossing the garment into the wash.

Next: Something tells us Chip could use this advice.

16. Oil and grease

Grease stain

Don’t be scared! | kicia_papuga/iStock/Getty Images

When it comes to stains, oil and grease are some of the scariest of the bunch. However, you can totally get rid of them. All you need is a little baking soda, white vinegar, and dish soap. “Sprinkling baking soda on the stain will absorb any loose oil or grease. Next, soak it in white vinegar and scrub with dish soap before washing as normal,” suggests Magnolia Journal.

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