Let stain dry; then brush well. Rinse repeatedly in cool water until mud comes out. Launder. (Hot soap suds set a red or yellow clay stain).


Soak in hot detergent water for several hours. If stain remains, bleach.

Nail Polish

Treat while fresh, scraping or wiping off as mush as possible before it dries. Place stain face down on white paper towels. Sponge back of stain with nail polish remover or denatured alcohol and a few drops of household ammonia. Sponge stain frequently. Launder with water at temperature suitable for fabric. Do not use acetone on acetate, arnel, dynel or rayon.


Sponge or soak in turpentine or solvent recommended as a thinner on label. Launder.


Rinse in cold water. Rub undiluted liquid detergent or a detergent paste into stain. Rinse. If stain remains, bleach.


Wash or sponge stain thoroughly with warm water and detergent paste. If perspiration has changed the color of the fabric, restore it by treating with ammonia or vinegar. Apply ammonia to fresh stains; rinse with water. Apply vinegar to old stains; rinse with water.

Rust & Iron

Apply commercial rust remover, according to manufacturer's directions. Rinse. Or, if safe for fabric, boil stained article in solution of 4 teaspoons of cream of tartar to 1 pint of water.

Shoe Polish

Scrape off as much as possible. Pretreat with a water and detergent paste; rinse. If stain persists, sponge with diluted rubbing alcohol (1 part to 2 parts water) or turpentine. Remove turpentine by sponging again with warm detergent solution or with alcohol. Bleach if necessary.

Soft Drinks

Sponge with cold water. Some stains are invisible when they have dried, but turn brown when heated and may be impossible to remove.

Act quickly before stain is dry. Sponge with grease solvent or turpentine. Launder.

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