Deodorants and Antiperspirants

Wash or sponge stain thoroughly with warm water and detergent; rinse. If stain remains, bleach with hot sudsy water. Launder. You may be able to restore fabric color by sponging with ammonia. Rinse thoroughly.


Rinse or soak in cold water. Work detergent into stain. Rinse. If necessary, bleach. Stain is not always possible to remove. A commercial color remover may also be used.

Egg or Food Grease

Rinse in cold water. If stain remains, sprinkle with meat tenderizer - let stand 15-20 minutes. If stain still remains, sponge with cleaning fluid or diluted bleach. Launder in hot water. The use of hot water first may set stain.

Fabric Softener Stain

Rub thoroughly with bar of soap. Rubbing alcohol is sometimes effective if the color of the garment can take it. Launder. If desired, dry cleaning can be used.

Felt Tip Pen

Spray spot with cleaners suitable to this purpose. Sponge stain thoroughly. Rinse with cold water. Reapply cleaner if necessary.
Fruit, Wine

Soak fresh stains immediately with cool water. Then use bleach treatment with as hot a water as safe for fabrics. Or if safe for the fabric, pour boiling water through spot from a height of 1 to 3 feet. Launder.


Work detergent into stain. Sponge with denatured alcohol. Bleach, if necessary.

Oil or Grease

Scrape away excess. Rub detergent or a general purpose liquid household cleaner into stain, rinse with hot water. If stain remains, sponge thoroughly with grease solvent. Dry. Repeat if necessary. To remove yellow stain, use a chlorine or oxygen bleach.

Ball-point Pen Ink

Some ball-point inks are set by water. Test first on a scrap of cloth. Sponge stain repeatedly with nail polish remover, amyl acetate or rubbing alcohol. Hair spray is effective. Launder. Bleach if necessary. Use amyl acetate on acetate, arnel, dynel and verel. Use acetone on other fabrics.

NOTE: some inks cannot be removed.


Brush off surface growth to keep mold spores from spreading. Dip article into solution of 1/2 cup bleach per 1 gallon of cool sudsy water for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse well. Launder.

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