A-Z Stain Removal Guide
Over 100 Pages Of Instructions For Removing Stains

This stain removal guide is your one-stop source for removing stains of all types and varieties.



Just look at the alphabetical list below for help on how to remove spots and spills from all types of sources, from avocado to zucchini and everything in between.

{A-Z} stain removal guide

You cannot remove all stains with the same technique. That is why it is of the utmost importance to identify the source of the spots and stains, if at all possible, prior to attempting to remove it.

If you cannot figure out what it is, then try these techniques for how to remove stains of unknown origin.

Also, there are different stain removal techniques for washable fabrics, upholstery and carpet. This stain removal guide gives you step by step instructions for each type of surface.

Please note that all of the instructions in this guide make some assumptions as follows:

  • For fabrics, it assumes the fabric is washable, and not dry clean only.
  • For upholstery, it assumes the code on the tag is "WS" (click here is you don't know what this upholstery cleaning codes means for an explanation)
  • For carpets, it assumes the carpet can be shampooed at home, and that the carpet is not made of wool. (If the carpet is made of wool do not use ammonia as a stain remover.)

In addition, the instructions contained herein suggest using the same type of basic stain removal equipment over and over, so you may want to review the types of tools you may need. In addition, also get some of your basic supplies together in a stain removal kit.

Check back in often, because more is added to this stain removal guide all the time. You may also want to bookmark this guide as a quick and handy reference.

This is a pretty long page, so you can jump between various alphabetical groupings here:

A B C D E F G H I J K L M

N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z



"A" Stains

martini

Alcohol


antiperspirant

Antiperspirant


apple

Apple (including juice, sauce, and even apple butter)


fire pit

Ash and ashes


avocado

Avocado


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"B" Stains

baby food

Baby food


baby oil

Baby oil


baked beans

Baked beans


pen

Ballpoint ink


banana

Banana


bbq sauce

Barbecue sauce


beer bottles

Beer


beet

Beet and beet juice


pigeon

Bird droppings


blackberry vine

Blackberry


blood on t-shirt

Blood


blueberries

Blueberries and blueberry juice


melting butter

Butter


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"C" Stains

melting candle wax

Candle wax


canola oil

Canola oil


carrots

Carrot and carrot juice


celery juice

Celery


sidewalk art chalk

Chalk


chapstick

Chapstick


charcoal

Charcoal


cherries

Cherries and cherry juice


chocolate in a cup

Chocolate


mug with dripping coffee

Coffee


cranberries

Cranberries, cranberry juice and sauce


crayons

Crayon


cream

Cream


curry

Curry (including curry powders and spices)


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"D" Stains

deodorant

Deodorant


dirt

Dirt


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"E" Stains

broken egg shells and yolks

Eggs


eye liner

Eye liner


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"F" Stains

fabric softener

Fabric softener


cloth diaper

Feces and diarrhea


baby bottle

Formula


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"G" Stains

red gasoline can

Gasoline


school glue

Glue (for water-based school glue varieties)


grapefruit

Grapefruit


grape juice

Grapes and grape juice


grass

Grass


gravy boat

Gravy


greasy hands

Grease (motor oil and mechanical grease) (for cooking oil and grease see "oil" below)


blowing chewing gum bubble

Gum


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"H" Stains

hair dye kit

Hair dye


honey

Honey


hot sauce bottles

Hot sauce


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"I" Stains

ice cream cone

Ice cream


iodine

Iodine


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"J" Stains

jam jar

Jam


jelly jars

Jelly


juice bottles

Juice (including vegetable and fruit varieties)


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"K" Stains

ketchup and french fries

Ketchup


kiwi

Kiwi


Kool Aid pitcher

Kool Aid


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"L" Stains

lemon slices

Lemon


lime

Lime


lipstick on napkin

Lipstick


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"M" Stains

mango

Mango


margarine

Margarine


mascara wand

Mascara


mashed potatoes

Mashed potatoes


homemade mayonnaise

Mayonnaise


cough syrup

Medicine (including cough syrup)


mildew on mattress

Mildew


milk bottle

Milk


mud

Mud


mustard

Mustard


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"N" Stains

spilled nail polish

Nail polish


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"O" Stains

greasy paper bag

Oil (such as cooking oil and grease) (for motor oil and mechanical grease see "grease" above)

olive oil

Olive oil


yellow onion

Onion


orange

Oranges and orange juice


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"P" Stains

peach with pit

Peaches and peach juice


peanut butter spread on bread

Peanut butter


pears

Pear


pencils

Pencil marks


perfume bottle

Perfume


woman exercising

Perspiration


puppy dog

Pets (including urine, feces, and more)


jar of pickles

Pickle juice


pineapple

Pineapple


bee gathering pollen on flower

Pollen


pomegranate seeds placed in shape of heart

Pomegranate


stewed prunes

Prune juice


chocolate pudding

Pudding


pumpkins

Pumpkin


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"Q" Stains

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"R" Stains

raspberry

Raspberries and raspberry juice


red wine spilled on carpet

Red wine


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"S" Stains

salad dressing bottle

Salad dressing (both creamy and oily varieties)


salsa

Salsa


shoe polish

Shoe polish


soda cans

Soda and colas


fireplace with fire burning

Soot


soy sauce bottle

Soy sauce


spaghetti in a bowl

Spaghetti sauce


strawberries

Strawberries and strawberry juice


sunscreen

Sunscreen


t-shirt with sweat stains in armpits

Sweat


cutting sweet potato

Sweet potato


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"T" Stains

Tabasco Sauce

Tabasco Sauce


cup of hot tea

Tea (including black and green teas)


cherry tomato

Tomato sauce, juice, soup (and more)


toothpaste squirting from tube

Toothpaste


tree sap on bark

Tree sap


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"U" Stains

potty training

Urine


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"V" Stains

vaseline

Vaseline


vegetable oil

Vegetable oil


vinegar bottles

Vinegar stains (from balsamic, red wine, or apple cider varieties)


vomit on concrete

Vomit


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"W" Stains

worcestershire sauce

Worcestershire sauce


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"X" Stains

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"Y" Stains

yogurt container

Yogurt


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"Z" Stains

zucchinis

Zucchini


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