Cleaning Summer Stains

The warm weather is here, school is out and summer parties have begun! We have complied a list of the most common summer stains and how to treat them.


Place stain facedown on a cloth and rinse with cold water so the stain won’t spread. Dab with white vinegar to remove the tannins and rinse. Follow with a laundry pretreater if necessary, and then wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric.


Massage a few drops of glycerin (sold in the pharmacy department) into the stain to dissolve the yellow color. Let sit for a few a minutes,rinse, following with a prewash stain remover.


Flush under cold running water to loosen the stain. Then pretreat with a stain remover, using the hottest water safe for the fabric and fabric-safe bleach wash in the washing machine.

For blueberries and strawberries, flush stain with cool water. Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon of liquid laundry detergent with one quart of cool water. Soak the stain in the solution for 15 minutes before rinsing again. Launder, using chlorine bleach, if safe for the fabric.

Pretreat with a prewash stain remover or rub liquid laundry detergent with enzymes into the stain. Launder as usual, using the hottest water that is safe for the fabric and fabric-safe bleach.