Fashion How to Get a Stain Out of a White Shirt A cleaning expert shares some helpful tips. By Julia Guerra Julia Guerra Julia Guerra is a freelance contributor with over six years of experience writing beauty, health, wellness, style, parenting, and food content. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on November 14, 2022 @ 05:51PM Pin Share Tweet Email In This Article View All In This Article Coffee, Tea, and Fruit Juice Red or Rosé Wine Dirt, Mud, or Grass Blood Fruit and Tomato Sauce Chocolate Makeup (All) Lipstick Sweat Deodorant If you purposely avoid wearing white out of fear of dropping food or spilling your drink on the fabric, we understand. There aren't many laundry dilemmas nearly as frustrating as trying to figure out how to get a stain out of a white shirt, whether we're talking tomato sauce, blue pen, or red wine. The absolute worst-case scenario? That annoying little stain can't be tamed, and you now have to make a replacement purchase. But don't be so quick to grab your wallet. How to Clean White Sneakers Removing stains from a white shirt is tough, but the good news is, it's not mission impossible. As long as you act fast, odds are that your favorite staple is still salvageable. All you need to do is stay calm and follow our advice. Ahead, we've identified some of the most common types of clothing stains and how to get rid of them according to Marilee Nelson, the co-founder of nontoxic cleaning brand Branch Basics. Getty Images Coffee, Tea, and Fruit Juice Mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with one teaspoon of castile soap in a bowl and place the stained shirt in the solution for 30 minutes.Sprinkle baking soda or oxygen bleach on the stain and agitate.Wash in cold water.Repeat if necessary. Red or Rosé Wine Dab the red wine stain with a damp, white cotton cloth to absorb any excess wine. Spray on a DIY cleaning solution consisting of ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide, two tablespoons of castile soap, and lemon essential oil, and gently agitate. If needed, sprinkle baking soda or hydrogen peroxide on the stain, spray again and agitate. Let it sit for 15 minutes before rinsing with cold water. If the stain is still visible, soak for an additional 15 minutes or overnight with one teaspoon of laundry detergent mixed with either ¼ cup of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, or a scoop of Branch Basics Oxygen Boost. How to Clean UGG Boots Dirt, Mud, or Grass Spray your DIY all-purpose cleaning solution (above) on the stained area and let it sit for five to 15 minutes. (Note: Tougher stains may need to soak overnight in warm water with one tsp of laundry detergent mixed with ¼ cup baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, or an oxygen booster).Wash as normal in the washing machine the next day. Getty Images Blood Treat as soon as possible by running cold water through the shirt from the back of the blood stain.Continue running the water through the fabric for a minute or two while gently rubbing the fabric together under the running water to further help the blood dissipate.If necessary, spray your all-purpose stain remover on the stain and pour hydrogen peroxide over the stain.Let sit for 15 minutes before rinsing in cold water.Repeat if the stain persists, or spray the stain with an all-purpose cleaning solution, gently agitate with a brush, and rinse with cold water. Here's How to Properly Wash Period Underwear, According to a Laundry Expert Fruit and Tomato Sauce As soon as you notice the stain, wet it with cold water.Spray cleaning solution on a clean rag and gently agitate fabric together with fingers.Blot and rinse with cold water to lift the stain.Keep a clean cloth behind the spot as you work to lift the stain from the front.Soak overnight if needed in ¼ cup baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, or an oxygen booster. Chocolate Remove any excess chocolate from the material.Spray the stain with an all-purpose stain remover and agitate slightly with cloth until chocolate disappears.Soak in ¼ cup baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, or oxygen boost overnight and wash in the cold water cycle. How Often to Wash Bras, According to Laundry Experts Makeup (All) Mix one teaspoon of laundry detergent, baking soda, and cold water to make a paste together in a cup.Dip a washcloth in the solution and rub the spot.If the stain is difficult, soak the shirt overnight in a solution containing ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and baking soda. Makeup (Lipstick) Wipe excess with a damp cloth or paper towel.Spray the stain and let sit for three to five minutes.Work into the stain and remove it with a damp cloth.Soak if necessary for 15 minutes to overnight in ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, oxygen booster, and/or vinegar. Getty Images Sweat Mix ½ cup hydrogen peroxide with two tablespoons of baking soda, one teaspoon of cleaning concentrate or castile soap, and ¼ cup of water.Apply the mixture to the stain and agitate, then let it sit for two hours before washing the shirt in a cold washing cycle.If the stain is still visible, repeat the process again soaking in a scoop of oxygen boost and washing before throwing it in the dryer. Deodorant Using deodorants with aluminum or an antiperspirant daily can affect the bacterial microbiome in your armpits, and consistent use can actually make your sweat smellier, and cause yellow stains. Mix ½ cup hydrogen peroxide with two tablespoons of baking soda, one teaspoon cleaning concentrate, and ¼ cup of water. Apply the mixture to the stain and agitate. Let sit for a couple of hours. Wash the shirt in the cold washing cycle. If the stain is still visible, soak in one teaspoon Branch Basics The Concentrate, a scoop of Oxygen Boost, and water to cover for 15 minutes or overnight before throwing it in the dryer.